Music is a language, just like English or French. Lots of tutors teach with the mentality of 'correct and incorrect'. Think. When you learned to speak your first language, did you have somebody telling you what you could and couldn't do? No! You learned by being immersed in language as an untrained mind, and from this you built up words, sentences and messages that allowed you to communicate with other people. Music is much the same. My teaching method revolves around allowing students to express their creativity - their own message - through music. With a background of professional experience and a degree of first class honours in Contemporary Music Performance, the technical side of learning can be addressed, but this just supports the learning of language. Too many people put down their instrument because they feel uninspired, and I believe this comes from being subjected to rules and regulations. We don't need rules and regulations to learn, we just use them to shortcut our mistakes. In music there is no such thing as a mistake, just communication. Technique and theory are just tools that we can implement to help make our communication more successful and fluid. Learning to express your thoughts through music can be the life changing experience, why not start with the guitar?
My approach to tuition - The TED acronym
T - Trust. It is important that you can trust your tutor to teach valid information, and help you progress. With time spent studying under guitarists such as Michael Casswell, Jon Bishop and Jamie West-Oram I have developed a skill set and a multitude of knowledge that I can pass on.
E - Education. As well providing useful information and making my lessons exciting and inspiring, for some students (or parents) it is important that my students learn content that meets syllabus requirements. As well as teaching the things we all 'want' to learn, what students 'need' to learn can also be addressed where requested.
D - Development. Setting goals and meeting them can be an important aspect to learning an instrument. Working with my students to set clear objectives and working with them to meet these aspirations is an important feature of my tuition system.
I currently teach 1 to 1 lessons in the Surrey/Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested in arranging lessons, please contact me using the interface below, or feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still not convinced? Learning an instrument can not only be a recreational past-time, it can also help massively with your day to day life. It has been proven that learning an instrument increases the players ability to focus and concentrate on tasks outside of the instrument. Playing an instrument also increase neurophysiological distinction between sounds which aids younger students in their ability to detect subtle differences in sounds which can help in academic contexts.