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Introducing myself

As a  teenager I discovered the guitar at the age of 14. Through learning this instrument I have not only enjoyed playing the guitar but made lifelong friends, developed confidence, found an outlet for self expression and personal creativity.

I've performed in a wide variety of situations from Weddings  carnivals to big band jazz rock and blues and most recently a hip-hop funk band in the China White Club. 

In 1997 whilst at college I decided to teach a friend to play the guitar for some extra cash towards my studies. The experience was life changing in that I found that the experience of helping someone develop their skills was more satisfying to me than even performing.

 

Since my first student  I've now had the privilege to teach over 1200 students to play. Not only have I enjoyed seeing each student learn skills on the guitar, I've also enjoyed seeing so many different people of different ages and backgrounds develop in themselves both a love of music and often develop in their wider life experience confidence and emotional expression. 

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My experience 

Private guitar teaching 

Since 2003 I have taught guitar privacy in student homes or at my home studio students of all ages from age 7-73

As a private teacher I have also worked in school providing lessons in:

  • The Kings School Harpenden

  • Tintinhull primary school

Somerset music service

From 2003-2007 I worked for Somerset music service.

  • I taught individuals and groups to play the guitar and electric bass

  • . I Also taught graded music theory. 

 

Schools I taught in during this time:

  • Kingsbury Episcope primary school

  • Preston primary

  • Castle Cary primary school

  • Long Sutton primary school

  • Merriot primary school

  • Wincanton County primary school

  • Kind Arthurs Secondary school Wincanton

  • Courtfileds secondary school Wellington

  • West Coker primary

  • I also taught graded music theory for Yeovil Music school

Hertfordshire music service

From 2010-2019 I worked for Hertfordshire music service

  • taught individuals and groups classical guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar and electric bass

  • I led family jam workshops in Stevenage.

  • I helped run the Sandringham Rock school. Entering bands for local competitions.

  • I rehearsed and accompanied both secondary and primary school students for school music concerts and assemblies.

  • I have a 100% success rate in all my exam entries for exams in Rockschool, Trinity, RGT ABRSM exams and music medals, Entering on average 30 children a year

  • I have coached many students though their GCSE Level performance exam

Schools I taught at during this time 

  • Sandringham School, St Albans

  • Wheatfields Junior school, St Albans

  • Abbey CEVA primary, St Albans

  • Eastbury Farm Primary school, Northwood

  • Beaumont secondary school, St Albans

  • Nicolas Breakspear school, St Albans

  • Two waters primary school Hemel Hempstead

  • Skyswood primary school St Albans

School teacher

I have also worked in the secondary school environment 

teaching:

  • KS3 music

  • GCSE music

  • BTEC Music

  •  A level music

  • Graded music theory

I also planned many concerts for my students including

  • appearances at local music festivals

  •  accompanying them on open mic night I

  •  Workshops and concerts

  •  School productions. 

I have taught secondary music at:

  • The Kings school Harpenden

  • Bushey meads school Watford

  • Sir William Ramsay School High Wycombe

My Qualifications

BA Hons degree in Music

performance taken on the guitar, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge

PGCE Secondary Music Oxford Brookes University

To book your first free lesson or chat to me about your individual needs  click the button below to go to my contact page  or ring me on 07562226801