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Instruments Taught


Hourly Fee
Beginner £40.00
Intermediate £40.00
Advanced £40.00
Expert £40.00
Casual £45.00

Music Theory

Hourly Fee
Beginner £40.00
Intermediate £40.00
Advanced £40.00
Expert £40.00
Casual £45.00

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Personal Description:

Guitarist Ariel Gragnani received his Bachelors and Masters of Performance degrees from the Royal College of Music graduating with distinction. While studying at the RCM, Ariel was awarded the Leverhulme Postgraduate Scholarship as well as the Lucy Ann Jones fund.
He began his musical career performing traditional Brazilian music ranging from samba, choro and bossa nova. Following his studies at the music Conservatoire of Tatui in Sao Paulo, Ariel performed in the USA and Europe before furthering his studies in the UK. In London, Ariel studied flamenco with Francisco Antonio and classical guitar with Professor Timothy Walker from the Royal Academy of Music.
Ariel earned his Bachelors of Music in Performance from the Royal College of Music studying under Gary Ryan and Chris Stell. In 2012 Ariel became an RCM Scholar receiving scholarship to pursue his Masters of Music Performance. Ariel claimed first prize in the RCM 2013 guitar competition.

Tutoring Experience:

Hello Fellow guitarist!

For beginners and intermediate players I use two principal methods, these are "The Christopher Parkening guitar Method" and "Solo Guitar Playing" by Frederick Noad. In addition to that, and especially if you are an advanced player, I highly recommend "Pumping Nylon" by Schott Tennant and the "Art of Classical Guitar Playing" by Charles Duncan. The majority of my students choose to sit through board exams and so I am very familiar with the repertoire ranging from the beginning grades through to the more advanced exams, such as the Dip ABRSM and LRSM. It is very common to see students who have reached a certain level of technique studying alone, but feel that they are unable to progress further. The main reason for this "dead end" is because one needs to learn not only what to practice, but also how to practice. It is very crucial that you are practicing effectively, after all guitar playing is reliant on habit formation. My main approach when teaching is geared at helping students understand what is "effective practice" and how to practice. I follow the "Hallmarks of Effective Teaching" laid out so beautifully by Susan Hallam. These include setting clear goals, providing feedback, the use of supporting music tools, modeling, providing templates, the scaffold technique, as well as encouraging intrinsic music appreciation. Finally, I believe that the most important aspect when playing music is joy; to feel inspired and to choose the repertoire which speaks to one's heart. I very much encourage as well as cultivate it in my own playing!

Tutoring Approach:

- Specialized classical guitar tuition

- Kodály, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Suzuki practice strategies

- Technique, repertoire, aural training, sight reading, theory.

- Grade and Diploma Exams, Auditions, Conservatoire entry.

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Native Language: Portuguese
Additional Languages: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • Royal College of Music (2014) - MPerf (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • Royal College of Music (2012) - Bmus(Hons) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music (2012) - LRSM (Other) (✔ On File)

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