It is important to have goals, otherwise we don’t know what to expect from the lessons. These goals could be anything from “I just want to learn guitar for fun” to “I am trying to get into a conservatoire and have music as a profession”. These two goals come with very different responsibilities. In the first case, just picking up the guitar to play through the pieces every day is usually enough, anything above that is great, but not a necessity to reach the goal. The second case requires the student to practice several hours a day. Whatever your goal might be, we try to establish them early on so that we can target our focus on what is needed from you in your own practice time and from me as a teacher when we meet for our lesson.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A LESSON?
I usually focus on 3 things:
We do learn an instrument in order to play pieces, therefore a large part of the lesson will be spent working on repertoire. The pieces you play depends on your level of playing and your goals. For a beginner, or a young learner, I will choose most pieces to find a suitable level and to help you improve your playing. The more advanced you get, the more pieces you will be able to choose yourself. If you really like a particular piece or repertoire that you would like to learn, we will make a plan and work towards it.
In simple terms, technique is practically how we play and it is there for the benefit of the music. In the beginning, we will acquire most of what we need from playing repertoire. As you advance, we can work on more specific techniques. For an advanced player, I have exercises which go into depth, that we will work on every lesson. If something is technically difficult, we isolate the techniques required and work on them separately. The most important technique is learning how to practice effectively. We will go through different practice techniques and build up a toolbox of ways to practice so that you always can choose the most effective one to use.
Music theory is an important tool to understand musical language. I believe we best learn theory when we can apply it to what we are doing in practice. When we understand scales, harmony and history we not only understand what we are playing but why.
I have taught guitar in London since 2013, privately and through the music schools Active in Music and The Music House for Children. In 2017 I joined the Musicians's Company as a Yeoman and give regular music workshops in primary schools in London and Brighton. My students have ranged from complete beginners to more advanced, and I have guided them through ABRSM exams and public performances.
I hold a Master of Performance (Historical Performance) with Distinction and a First Class Bachelor of Music (Honours), both from the Royal College of Music.
I charge £40/hour, £32,50/45 minutes and £25/half an hour.
These prices are in guidelines with the recommended Musicians Union minimum rate and in the mid-range of the average London rate according to the Incorporate Society of Musicians survey 2019.
I teach from my home just over 5 minutes walk from East Acton tube station and online using either Zoom or Google Meet. I am happy to travel to your place for lessons and I may charge a travelling fee depending where you live.
I do use a contract with all my students. These are based on the Incorporate Society of Musicians contracts.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE & TEACHING TRAINING
BREMF “Working in Schools Training Day” 2019
“How to Conduct Music Outreach Workshops in Schools” workshop with the Musician’s Company 2018
Teacher at Royal College of Music Teaching Service 2015-
Professional Skills Module at Royal College of Music 2015
- Outreach Music Workshop with key stage 2 children
- 1:1 Teaching Tuition
Guitar teacher at Active in Music, London 2014-2018
Guitar teacher at The Music House for Children 2014-2015
Private guitar teacher 2012-
Football referee working for Stockholms Fotbollsförbund, Sweden 2009-2014
Royal College of Music, London – Masters of Performance (Historical Performance) with Distinction 2017-2019
Royal College of Music, London – First Class Bachelor of Music (Honours) 2013-2017
Södra Latins Gymnasium, Sweden – Professional Music Profile 2010-2013
SCHOOL WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE
School Workshops in Brighton through the BREMF! Live Scheme 2019
Outreach Workshop Recording for Key Stage 2 Children’s Tudor Period Studies 2019
Outreach Workshops organised by the Worshipful Company of Musician’s 2018-
The Music House For Children “Little Birdsong Orchestra” for toddlers 2015
RCM Outreach Music Workshop with key stage 2 children 2015
Christmas Music Workshops for children in Stadsmissionen School, Sweden 2011-12
Primary School Workshops in Södra Latins Gymnasium, Sweden 2011
COMPETITIONS & AWARDS
Handel House Talent Scheme 2019-21
1st Prize RCM Historical Performance Competition 2019
BREMF Live! Young Artist 2018/19
Britten Pears Young Artist Platform 2018
1st Prize RCM Guitar Competition 2017
2nd Prize Twents Guitar Festival Chamber Music Competition (Piano and Guitar duo) 2016
1st Prize in Stora Jörgen Rörby Prize, Sweden 2014
1st Prize in the International Young Talents Competition in Uppsala,Sweden 2013
1st Prize in Grisslehamn's Guitar Prize, Sweden 2012
Scholarship from FAMES Music Conservatoire and federal state Espirito Santo in Brazilto 2012 to participate in the 19th annual Winter Music Festival in Domingos Martins,Brazil
Royal Academy Youth Scholarship, Sweden 2012
1st Prize Lilla Jörgen Rörby Prize, Sweden 2011
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