I have been teaching for 15 years and it is something I really enjoy. Before moving to London I taught guitar at Leeds College of Music. I now teach
privately across London and at two local schools.
Each student I teach is assigned their own personal dropbox folder through which all lesson materials are kept. This is fantastic for young students who can occasionally
forget to bring materials to lessons. It also allows us to film sections of lessons and
immediately upload this content into the folder for the student to use during practice.
While I do use standard books I certainly don’t rely upon them. Instead I use whatever feels right for each student’s needs. This may mean me writing specific pieces for that student. I also have an extensive amount of material I’ve written over the years at our disposal.
Private lessons usually take place at the student’s home or my own, depending on what is most mutually convenient. Lessons are usually 45 or 60 minute sessions, but of course can be flexible and any level of musician is more than welcome. If I feel that you are requesting a style I’m not fluent in then I will suggest a tutor best suited to your needs.
In terms of exams this is a decision that should be made by the student and teacher. If it helps a students progress I am more than happy for you to enter. (As I have been a
music examiner I know specifically what is required and what the examiners will be
looking out for). However exams should always be accompanied by general practice,
harmony knowledge and varied repertoire. Students who only learn exam material tend to miss out on a lot of the good stuff.
My general preference with beginners is to teach both classical and electric
guitar, songwriting and performance techniques up to intermediate level, after which the student will have a solid grounding to move forward in the direction most suited to them.
If you are interested in taking guitar lessons, please use the contact form to get in touch.