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Andrew
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Andrew
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£15/h
1st lesson free!
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Lessons offered by Despina
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Music reading
  • Guitar
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Classical Guitar
  • Flamenco Guitar
Levels
  • All Levels

Experienced Guitar tutor is offering Music lessons for all ages and levels, for students interested in exams or starting a new amazing hobby. Beginners are very welcome!

Methodology

The lessons are tailored to the needs of the student. The lessons will follow the learning pace of the students. The students can request to develop their skills in any kind of music. For example: popular music (rock, pop, soul, jazz, classical). Teaches (almost) all genres, but specialises in classical music.


Your first lesson will start with a brief chat, to introduce yourself to the teacher and also get to know her. You will be encouraged to talk about your passion and experience with music as well as for the reasons why you are interested in taking lessons. During the chat, you will let the teacher know what you need and what you would like to learn.


Beginners are very welcome!!

Guitar

On your first lesson as a beginner, you do not actually need to bring a guitar, the teacher will lend you hers for as long as the lesson lasts. However, if you decide to keep learning, you will have to purchase a guitar and bring it to the lessons.

Classical Guitar (all levels)
- Notation
- Scales
-Technique
*Preparation for examinations, if required

Acoustic Guitar
- Notation
- Strumming techniques
- Chords
- Songs
-Technique
*Preparation for examinations, if required


Music Theory (all levels)
- Harmony
- Rhythm
- Timbre
*Preparation for examinations, if required

Music- theory
For your first theory lesson you will need to bring a notebook

Requirements
The students will be required to purchase their books.

Experience

An experienced and passionate music Tutor. Over the past two years I have thought over 20 students (one to one private tuition).
The students who were interested in taking examinations were successfully prepared.

Some students were looking to have fun; guitar is a great, creative way to escape rutine. I helped them develop a new hobby, discover new music and reach their potential.

Feel free to have a look at my course: 'Music Making for Improved Well Being' :

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Rates

Rate for online lessons : £15/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £60
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £130
Lessons offered by Despina
Individual
The lessons will be held
at her home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Music reading
  • Guitar
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Classical Guitar
  • Flamenco Guitar
Levels
  • All Levels

Despina's CV

A hard-working, creative and committed individual; a musician and a writer. Acquired a BA degree in Musicology, an MA degree in Music Psychology and an MA degree in cognitive studies. Worked as a music tutor and took up creative opportunities such as music editing and literary writing.

WORK EXPERIENCE

University of Sheffield, England, UK — Volunteer Lecture Assistant
09/2016- 12/2016
● Assisted undergraduate Students to complete their assignments
● Researched and presented on lecture-relevant topics
Music in the Round, Sheffield, England, UK — Assistant, Volunteer
09/2016 - 07/ 2017
● A volunteer-assistant position for Music in the Round’s
audience Research
● Assisted in building and distributing questionnaires to the audience


Music Tutors UK, Manchester, England, UK — Tutor
0/2 2019 – Present
● A graduate position
● One to One Sessions with Music students (Guitar and Music Theory)
● Preparing students to, successfully, take examinations in the United
Kingdom (Trinity)


EDUCATION

University of Surrey, England, UK Music (Bcs), 09/ 2012- 07/2015

University of Sheffield, England, UK, Psychology of Music (MA), 09/ 2015 - 02/ 2016

CREATIVE PROJECTS

Music with Infants — Organiser, Researcher, Tutor
03/19-Present
A project that was developed based on Research around the parent-infant
relationship and the role of music for the infant’s development.

Verge Festival, Oresteia — Music Editing
12/18

Writer of the course: 'Music Making for Improved Well Being' :

5 reviews on Despina
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Andrew

Perfect! Despina was very helpful, and her teaching style was adaptive and provided choices.

Despina's response

It was great working with this student. Andrew is a very polite and an attentive student.

4 recommendations

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Pink Papayas

Despina was patient and offered fun lessons.

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Styliana

Despina is professional, fun, patient, friendly and attentive to the detail. Highly recommended!

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Paris

I started as a beginner taking lessons with Despoina. She has been very fun and patient and thanks to her I have found a new hobby that I love!

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George

Despina has really helped me gain new skills. I always enjoy the lessons and would definitely recommend this tutor !

Interview with Despina

QUESTION 01 | 08
When did you first develop a passion for music and your favourite instrument?
Despina — My father can play the guitar, so when I was a kid playing and singing was a casual activity at home. This is how I got involved with music; he booked my first guitar lesson when I was 7 and ‘ive always been involved with music since.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Is there a particular type of music or artist that you listen to on a loop without it driving you crazy?
Despina — To be fair, there are several types of music and artists that I don’t mind listening to on a loop. I am a looper. For example, I adore soul; I used to have Amy Winehouse on a loop for months but then that was after my rock/metal period where I listened to Black Sabbath on a loop which came after my classical-music period where I used to listen to Rachmaninoff on a loop and so on….At the moment I find myself in a flamenco period.
QUESTION 03 | 08
) Explain to us the most difficult or riveting course you could personally give to a student of music.
Despina — The most riveting course that I could personally give to a student of music is learning how to play without the pressure of perfectionism playing for themselves to enjoy the learning experience and actually love guitar playing. This might sound simple but it is not; it takes loads of time energy and efforts to actually enjoy your playing with all its imperfections.
QUESTION 04 | 08
What do you think is the most complicated instrument to master and why?
Despina — I think every instrument has its own difficulties and particularities; then every person is built differently and inclined towards something else. For me, instruments that are not tuned according to the western system like the oud just baffle me but I don’t think it is something about it that makes it inherently more difficult than the others. Other particularities such as there are no frets either (just like the violin) and the sound mas prodiathetei for a specific result making it difficult to accept something else from it. Something that looks difficult to me is the sitar; too many strings, semitones divided, no frets; but then if I was encultured it wouldn’t seem so complicated.
QUESTION 05 | 08
What are your keys to success?
Despina — I think there are some attributes that will help you succeed in playing an instrument and also widen your horizons. In my opinion the most essential things are: curiosity, hard work, open-mindedness and excitement.
QUESTION 06 | 08
Name three musicians you dream of meeting in your favourite bar in the early hours of the morning. Explain why.
Despina — I always loved Russian Romantic composers such as Tchaikovsky, Shostokovich and Rachmaninoff. I would like to see them in a bar in the early hours of a white night in Saint Petersbourg. However, I am very unsure as to how our conversation could have gone.
QUESTION 07 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to music or your days at music school.
Despina — In the winter of 2020 we all had to stay at home, confined and that was particularly difficult for musicians. However, entrapped almost in my flat in Manchester I created much more than I thought I could; I created a course about music and wellness. I doubled my students and I created playlists for workshops and theatre performances. Because of this experience I realised that being a musician means so many different things.
QUESTION 08 | 08
What are the little touches that make you a Superprof in music?
Despina — I always follow the lead of my students. The lessons that I provide are personalised and tailored to the needs of the students. I offer most musical styles (and the guitar can be used to play many) such as classical, flamenco, blues and jazz.

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