My lessons involve me asking first - What do you want to achieve? Rather than the textbook approach of throwing classical pieces at youngsters and boring chord sheets at students who want to learn metallica solos, I like to think that the aims, goals and ambitions of the player are the most key aspect to look at before anything else.
I'm a mostly self taught multi-instrumentalist with over 10 years of experience with music; I play many things at various levels of proficiency, but guitar and bass are what I'm most experienced with. Lessons are tailored to individuals since not everyone learns the same way.
I'm a young student at a sixth form with 15 years of experience in violin (I am now at a grade 8 standard), along with around 8 years in piano. Recently, I've drifted away from music, and I'd love to pick it up again by showing others how wonderful it really is! With so many years immersed in music, the explanation of how to both read and play it comes easily to me.
My teaching method is to start by teaching the basics, such as strumming patterns. Then, we move on to basic chords. This is the stage that the student may come to me with simple songs they want to play, and I will teach them.
- Which subject(s) do you teach? I teach Classical, Electric and Acoustic Guitar. - Tell me about your qualifications. Teaching qualifications: Grade 8 Guitar, Yamaha Music Schools trained tutor, tutor for Hampshire Music Service and Wellington College (Crowthorne), Ex-tutor for Yamaha Music schools and Berkshire Maestro's and Thames Valley University.
I have nearly 20 years of experience recording and producing music in a recording studio, working with all types of different musicians and personalities. From this, I have learned a great deal about different types of music, time management, motivation and people skills, which I believe to be very important attributes to have as a teacher.
My teaching style is warm, friendly and open. I am as much about helping the student to find their confidence as I am about building strong technical foundations. If you want to study for grades, or just to improve your playing, I am more than happy to help.
There is no such thing as a definite approach. Andrea's approach is personalised to the needs of each student, based upon the following key factors: Age, Capabilities, Hours available for the student to practice at home, and the student's goals. It is not a secret among musicians that talent would be only the 10% of the whole, whilst the rest 90% is derived from student's systematic practice.
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