Inspiring bespoke guitar lessons for all ages from expert tutor with over 10 years experience.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach all styles and genres of guitar, with a specialism in acoustic folk fingerstyle. As well as guitar, I teach beginner level in mandolin, ukulele, and bass guitar. I also teach songwriting.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
BA (Hons) Music (First Class)
- How much do you charge?
£40 per hour, includes travel within Muswell Hill and the local area. I charge extra to travel to further afield.
- Where do you teach?
I usually visit students' homes. I am available to teach in Muswell Hill, Camden, Barnet, Stoke Newington, Kensington & Chelsea, Haringey and surrounding areas.
- When are you available?
My schedule is flexible. I currently have availability on Mondays and Thursdays but other days may be possible. Please get in touch for more information.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all ages and levels.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I am happy to work through exam syllabuses with students.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I use Skype for online tutoring.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I am passionate about inspiring people of all ages and abilities to develop a love for music.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I am an accomplished guitarist with over ten years' experience as a peripatetic guitar tutor. I have performed at the Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall and my music has been placed on ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. I currently teach for The DaCapo Music Foundation, Christchurch School Chelsea, and privately. I hold a first class degree in Music and am trained in the Kodaly method for music teaching by DaCapo.
I have a proven track record of planning and delivering lessons for a wide range of abilities, ages and styles, and am highly experienced in developing resources for my students. I have a flexible and student-centred approach, tailoring lessons to the enthusiasms of students while also integrating musicianship skills, formal technique and improvisation. Throughout the year I prepare students for concerts in schools and take pupils through exams with Trinity, LCM, Rock School and ABRSM.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I have a wide range of students, from 7-year-olds learning simple folk melodies to adults learning popular songs or studying jazz and blues.
• BA (Hons) Music, 1st
• DBS Full Disclosure Certificate 2015
Josh is very talented. He is flexible about what we play and finds things that suit my ability. He creates a fun environment to learn.
Josh has been teaching my son electric and electro acoustic guitar for a year. His stimulating and relaxed approach means that I find my son plays his guitar on a daily basis just because he enjoys it, yet he is still covering quite a lot of technical stuff.
My 12-year old daughter has been taking guitar classes with Joshua Geffin for over a year now. Previously she tried a couple of different instruments and music teachers but even though she is very musical and loves music, she would get bored and lose interest after a while. Josh's inspirational and creative approach to teaching changed all this...”
â€œ...She became passionate about playing her guitar, singing and writing her own music. Practicing is no longer a chore but fun and she looks forward to her class every week. In a relatively short period she made remarkable progress and has recently won a full music scholarship at Kingsdale.
I took up the guitar in my 30s and am far from a natural musician! I've had a few teachers – all brilliant guitarists - but none have quite combined the same high level of patience, encouragement and flexibility as Josh. He let's me play music I love and progress at my own pace.
As a 'mature' student with an incredibly busy job, it is important that I don't feel under pressure if I haven't played between lessons. Josh is completely understanding of this and the fact that he teaches at my home is a massive bonus. He is a natural and talented teacher and I would not hesitate to recommend his lessons to anyone of any level.
I have been having lessons with Josh for around 2 years now. He has really helped develop and improve the quality of my playing and also my appreciation of music as a whole and I am very happy with my progress.
...The lessons are always relaxed and enjoyable, but also professional with a focus and tailor-made according to my own personal goals, which I like. I prefer to concentrate on learning songs and to experiment with a variety of genres. Josh helps me do that and he keeps things fun by mixing in improvisation sessions and technique development to bring me on and help me improve as a player.
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