My lessons cater for all skills levels from beginner to advanced. Lessons are presented in a laid back manner, with a wealth of pre-prepared material for each student to utilise. First and foremost lessons must be fun, but apart from that, students need to feel like they are making progress. Often times, “progress” whilst learning a musical instrument is hard to define. Working through material with an experienced player and teacher is often the key to staying on track and avoiding some of the common pitfalls that lead to loss of motivation. I teach most styles of music including Jazz, Blues, Latin, Pop, Rock and Funk, but my passion lies in improvised music. I love conversational music, and lessons with me always include playing music together with students. Music is a language, and I emphasise this to all of my students.
Core principals of my curriculum:
– Rhythm studies
– Learning the fretboard
In my opinion the most important aspect to effective practice is to switch off the “inner artist”. We all have an inner artist, and for a lot of people, their inner artist is what made them want to play music in the first place. But when we are practicing, we are concerned with academic principles not artistic. Learn how to separate these two worlds. When you are practicing, practice. When you are playing music, be creative, be artistic.
Whilst practicing, we as students should only be concerned with academic principles. I have come to believe that artistic principles have no place in the practice room. It took me a long time to come to this realisation. I forced myself through many hours of painful practice sessions. They were painful because I was letting my “inner artist” dictate the session. The “inner artist” only wants to play what they are already good at. To make consistent improvement on your instrument, you have to practice things you aren’t good at. You have to actively seek out musical principles you don’t know very well and practice them.
Learning music is not about how many pages you can burn through in an exercise book. What you know is not as important as how well you have absorbed it. My curriculum has been designed to show students how to practice creatively and effectively. By approaching a musical concept from multiple viewpoints with a variety of practical exercises, students learn that there is much more to learning an instrument than just playing exercises from a book.
My teaching aims to simplify seemingly complex musical concepts and encourage students to approach playing music intuitively, with an open mind and positive attitude. I want to share my passion with you! My main objective is to teach my students how to practice. If a student knows how to practice effectively, he or she will learn much more than a student who is spoon-fed by a teacher. I am proud of my curriculum which draws upon over 6 years of professional experience and formal study. All information presented in my curriculum is applied through practical exercises and repertoire studies.
Weekly private lessons are offered in 60 minute sessions. Lessons are offered at my home studio. * Depending on location, I can travel to your home to conduct the lesson if this is desired (for an added fee of approx $5 – $10 per lesson).
$60 per hour
Qualifications: BMus, Southern Cross University 2011, BMusPerf (Hons) The University of Melbourne (VCA) 2013
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