Guitar (a lot). Ukulele (a lot). Mandolin (when asked).
At the moment all my teaching is during the daytime, at the following primary schools: Morley Memorial, St Laurence and St Faiths in Cambridge, Jeavons Wood in Cambourne, and Pendragon in Papworth Everard. If your child is attending one of these schools, then do contact me if you would like to register for lessons. Continue reading
Almost all pupils have their lessons during the school day, and they come out of their regular classes for music lessons. Lessons are weekly, always on the same day. Some schools prefer pupils to come at the same time each week; others prefer a rotating timetable.
Sometimes I can arrange a fixed lesson time either before or after school. This can be a good solution for Year 6 pupils who may find it more difficult to miss class time.
If circumstances in the school permit, I offer a choice of one-to-one, paired or small-group tuition.
Paired and small-group lessons can work very well in the early stages. In fact they are my favourite way of teaching guitar and ukulele (I might change my mind if I taught a louder instrument!). Group teaching has many educational advantages, and of course helps to keep things affordable Continue reading
In one or two schools I teach ukulele to a whole year group in large groups or whole classes, as part of the school’s music syllabus for that year. The idea is to give Continue reading
Arrangements are slightly different in every school, so please contact me directly about this.
I usually recommend Year 2 as the minimum age for starting ukulele, and Year 3 or 4 for starting guitar. Continue reading
I work mainly with primary-age pupils, and I encourage them to come to lessons with very open minds. I don’t really think in terms of teaching any particular style – I prefer to think of teaching all-round skills, understanding, confidence and of course a love of making music. Continue reading
I try to organise taster sessions at at each school towards the end of the summer term, Continue reading
Guitars and ukuleles are not expensive compared to many other instruments, so it is generally better value to buy rather than hiring. I do keep a small stock of instruments which can be hired – but you will need to contact me in good time about availability.
As they develop, pupils will often outgrow their first instrument Continue reading
Many pupils like to do external tests from time to time – they can give additional motivation and a clear, recognised roadmap for learning. Other pupils prefer not to work towards formal tests. I will always let a pupil know Continue reading
Yes to all of that. All schools require evidence of me attending Child Protection training sessions on a regular basis, and all schools are required to run a DBS check on me from time to time.
I am a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and am bound by its regulations and ethos.
I’m also registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office as required by the new GDPR regulations.