I work holistically taking into account the learning style of individual students and adapt my approach to their needs. I cover a broad range of Arts and Academic criteria ranging from teaching the guitar and stylistic jam session to grade 8 in Rockschool and ABRSM in addition to IT coding and advanced computer skills. My background as a MA musician, private music teacher and as the founder of an IT business and lead technician I have been able to experience the ongoing process of learning in both industries, which I look forward to sharing. We shall work together to achieve each learners key potential in a pressure free and enjoyable environment. Should you require tuition of a related but not listed area please don't hesitate to contact me as I am sure I'll be able to signpost at the least.
I have taught electric, acoustic and bass guitar to 1:1 students and groups of up to 5 in private and school settings for the last five years. My main areas range from Rockschool & ABRSM exams up to grade 8 to jam sessions and beginner, intemmediate and advanced practical tuition.
Karl Stephen Smith
103 Hansen Court, Heol Glan Rheidol, CF10 5NY Cardiff
• I recently graduated with a Master of Arts Degree from Cardiff University. My decision to study the interdisciplinary subject of music research enabled development of a vast tapestry of skills ranging from organizational and understanding to positive communication and leadership as well as punctuality when completing tasks under pressure. Whilst studying as an undergraduate and postgraduate I gained experience in a diverse number of settings ranging from diverse groups to teaching taught guitar to large groups and 1:1 students. (I hold an up to date DBS Enhanced certificate).
• To support myself as a student I have worked in the fields of IT and programming, retail and business management, which taught me the main strengths of time management, teamwork, leadership and working to tight work and research as a business manager and a Master of Arts.
MA Degree – Music (2015 – 2018) Cardiff University Music School
BA (Hons) Degree – Music Performance (2012 – 2015) Southampton Solent University, Faculty of Creative Industries
National Diploma – Music Performance (2010 – 2012) Truro College, Performing Arts & IT (360 UCAS points)
Guitar Grade 8 - Rockschool ‘International Music and Performance Arts Exam Board’ London (2012) (40 UCAS points).
European Computer Driving License Advanced (ECDL) – Level 2 Advanced (2008) Truro College. Grade DISTINCTION
*Functional and key skills Maths Level 2 (2008 – 2009) Truro College
*Functional and key skills English Level 2 (2008 – 2009) Truro College
*Each equivalent to C grade GCSE
All Computer Repair - Founder, Manager, Lead Technician & Retail Sales Communicator: Set up business, managed finances, repaired and built computers and phones as well as negotiated various software sales throughout Southampton & Cardiff (2012 – 2019).
Music Educator: Large group and 1:1 tuition both privately and in schools. Taught Rockschool grades 1–6, ABRSM music theory grades 1-3, guided improvisation in various styles, tutor exam advice and techniques including own unique practice methods to develop technical skills throughout Southampton & Cardiff (2012 – 2019).
Tutorum Learning and Assessment Programmer: Web manager and Designer in C++ & Retail Sales Assistant. Southampton & Weston-super-Mare (2014 – 2015).
Loe Beach Café: Waited for customers, resolved customer complaints, cashier. Cornwall (2008 – 2012).
Draft Publications in Customer Service, IT & Music:
‘Customers and Customer Service’
‘21st Century breakdown on Genre & Intertextualism’
‘Windows 10 Handbook’
‘iPad (an unofficial guide)’
'Green Day Behind the Cultural IT’
References, Certificates, and Draft Publications are available on request.
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