A guitar player since the age of four, I have played guitar, ukulele and sang in many different bands around Auckland often having multiple residencies.
As a teacher I have 23 years experience teaching people aged 7 to 75 and all ages between in group and individual lessons.
My teaching approach has been formed not only upon good teaching principles, but also what I experienced and expected as a paying student. I have met some wonderful teachers over my career, but have also felt unfulfilled on many occasions when experience didn't match my expectation. Therefore, any student of mine will not only receive personally tailored lessons, but also in a way, my "ideal lesson".
I believe in a holistic approach towards the guitar: on one hand really enjoying the learning experience through playing favorite songs (otherwise why play the guitar?), and at the same time counterbalancing this with strong practice disciplines and an ability to understand music through sight reading, theory, aural skills, rhythmisation, ear training, technical, improvisation and historical knowledge (and then applying that back to the music!). In other words, learning the “why” as well as the “how”.
Teaching is in my blood
I currently teach adults and children at my home studio in Auckland, via Skype as far away as Scotland and in several schools throughout Auckland. I also teach guitar teachers. I have taught in many schools, along with Community College for adults. Some of these current and former include: Flanshaw Road School, St Thomas School, Matipo Primary, Riverhead School, Peninsula Primary, Rangeview Intermediate, Ponsonby Intermediate and Community Education At Selwyn College and Rutherford High School.
In 2012 I sat my Licentiate Diploma in music teaching through Rockschool- a world leader in Guitar, Bass, Keyboard & Vocal tuition, tutorial publication and performance. At the time I was one of the first 7 teachers to graduate in Australasia. I passed with distinction.
Recently I also started a "guitar teacher group" (and am still trying to think of a cool and profound name, sorry) as there seemed to be a significant gap in terms of professional peer development and knowledge sharing. We meet regularly to discuss, demonstrate and critique various teaching scenarios.