What Can I Offer You?
My own passion for music
My musical expertise
My love of journey
My commitment to help you tap into your creativity
My desire to help you find your voice
Every session is a journey in itself. We never know quite where things will lead. It is more exciting this way. There is no perfect musical journey – just the right one for you.
What Instruments Do I Teach?
My aim is to inspire you to be creative and have fun with your music whilst learning the techniques required to enjoy your progress and fulfil your potential.
My lessons include:-
Teaching excellent skills and technique.
Help to find your voice/style/artist
Inspiration to be creative and improvise your own music and songs.
Tips to help you accompany or play with others.
LESSONS FOR CHILDREN
I like to make every session a musical experience.
With instrument teaching I make sure your child has a good technique that is effective and right for them (as we do all come in different shapes and sizes!)
I teach your child about rhythm and melody through the use of their own voice and own story – i.e. we make up little stories and tunes and sing and play them on our instruments.
I inspire your child to think about the quality of sound they are making, how much they like or don’t like it and how they could improve it. So they become a performer!
When we have some basics of musicality and technique in place we talk about where we would like to go next. Your child might have a favourite musical style they want to play. Wherever we go, the focus will always be upon your child finding their own voice.
What age does your child need to be and what will they need to become a musician?
Violin – Your child can start at about 5. They need to have a lot of determination as holding a violin and bow is tricky to start with. We will play around making up little tunes and songs at first. Then we will play the sort of music they like. They will need a violin, bow and case of the right size. A music shop will be able to advise on this.
Ukelele – Your child can start at about 6. They need to have strong fingers and be able to use them independently. They need a bit of determination to learn some chords and strumming patterns and this will enable them to play lots of songs and tunes! They will just need an acoustic or electric ukelele!
5-string Banjo – Your child will need to be about 10 to play the 5-string banjo and ideally they will need one the right size for their size. The chords are easier to play than on the guitar and although a more unusual instrument, it is a really fun and cool instrument to play. We will play around with elements of pop, rock, blues and bluegrass. You can buy small banjos at a price. You may find some on e-bay or somewhere else second-hand. Before you contact me please check that your child’s banjo has 5 strings and not 4 – otherwise it is an Irish banjo and I teach 5-string!
Guitar Your child will need to be at least 8 to play the guitar and they will need to have a 1/2, 3/4 or full size depending on their height and strength. In addition they will need a strap. The neck is usually narrower on the electric guitar than the classical guitar making the chords easier to play. The electric guitar, however, is usually heavier than the classical guitar and steel strings on the electric can feel sharp to young fingers to start with. All things considered, some children like to start out on an electric guitar and manage very well. Your child will be able to play pop, rock, folk and create their own songs and music. They will learn strumming, finger picking, bending notes and other affects. If your child likes tech and gadgets along with their music making, the electric guitar could be the instrument for them!
Voice – Your child can start at any age! They need a desire to express themselves and it helps if they like to be heard! If your child is shy or lacks confidence, though, voice can also be a great choice. They only need to bring themselves!
Other Things You Need to Know (lessons for adults and children)
I teach people to play instruments by listening and creating (meaning that we won’t be using books or reading notation.) We will use song words and chord symbols (all on a screen – no paper or music stands! Students usually take a print out of a song home to practice or I am happy to send digital copies by e-mail. Some also like to record me on their phone or another digital device playing/singing songs in the lesson so they can play along with the recording at home
All you need at home is a way of tuning your instrument. This could be a tuning fork, a keyboard or, an electronic tuner or a tuning app.
Cost of Sessions
£35 – Adults and children (1 hour)
£40 – One parent and child together
Please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.