Information About Craig - Sale teacher
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Hello, my name is Craig and I teach Accordion from my home in Sale.
I play accordion professionally and it is a passion that has gifted me many incredibly experiences (even "starring" roles in Peaky Blinders and Shameless - to name two). In addition, I get a great sense of satisfaction from helping children and adults instil and foster within themselves a love of music through playing the accordion.
Aside from teaching, I love to listen to, play and create music. I love to cook and spend time with my two daughters. I am also currently going through the exciting process of speaking to learn to speak Spanish… and have a crazy dream that one day I might even conduct some lessons in that language as well as English… ??!… ? - I suspect it may be some time before I give that a go…
I have been teaching accordion privately on a one to one basis for over 20 years and I have a degree in music.
Apart from my own children who were tinkering with buttons and bellows from the day they could fit their tiny accordions, I have taught children as young as 4 and adults up to ages 70+ and many of the ages in between.
I have experience of teaching all major systems (Piano accordion, B and C system Chromatic Button Accordion and Free bass versions of all of those instruments).
For those who do want to study for exams (Yes you can do that on Accordion!) - I am happy to prepare students for those also and have experience of the most respected syllabus of Trinity College, London.
My approach to music teaching is one in which I gauge the needs of each student individually and tailor lessons to accommodate their learning styles and musical preferences. This usually means playing the music you enjoy wherever possible rather than the next piece stipulated in the tutor book.
For students who can already read music this is often a good place to start although I prefer to start students (particularly for children) learning with simple familiar tunes learned by ear (a "sound before symbol approach") before approaching the complexities of learning musical notation. This usually eliminates the tension and frustration of having to learn to decode an array of complex symbols before you can even play a simple tune. Learning to play the instrument before learning to read is more in tune with the way we learn language as children which usually follows a listen - copy - speak - write - read timeline. It has also been shown to help students become more competent readers and sight readers than those who start using sheet music from the first lesson.
I like to include improvisation (non-jazz) in lessons wherever possible. This helps make musical connections between areas that can often seem abstract and separate in traditional teaching, for example harmony, aural, composition, scales, chords. If nurtured, it can also become a lifelong relaxation tool and, let's face it, to be able to just make stuff up off the top of your head is just pretty fun and cool!
In general, it is my aim to engender a love of "the process" of learning to play at least as much as a love of the results. I like to provide students with the tools necessary to be able to play and create
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Open University (2012) - BA (Hons) - music (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Open University (2011) - DIpMus (Open) (College) (✘ Not On File)
- ABRSM (2000) - Grade 8 Piano (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- British College of Accordionists (1988) - Grade 8 Accordion (Other) (✘ Not On File)