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Guitar and Bass Lessons for Torfaen, Newport, Gwent and Monmouthshire.
Guitar Repair technician, running Guitar Repair lessons / workshops.
Specialisms: Blues / Country / Rock / Easy Listening
MEd.L / BEd / BA Music Industry Entrepreneurship / OCR Moderator
Professionally trained music tutor / qualified teacher. Level 6 Guitar Grade.
Educational award winner.
Entered into the Good Schools Guide for high achievement.
All About Music UK t/a All About Guitars specialises in training beginner to advanced guitar, bass, music theory. Learn to repair your own guitar.
Study for your grades - Trinity / Rock School / RGT.
Approved trainer for WCVA, Job Centre Plus, Careers Wales / ReAct.
Member of Torfaen Economic Inactivity Group
Previous Music Leader for Bristol Plays Music - Colston Hall
Registry of Guitar Tutors
Accepting ReAct redundancy funding up to £1,500 and JCP Flexible Support Fund for retraining as:
- Guitar Repair Technician (up to 50 hours);
- OCR Level 2 Award, IT User through guitar / music).
Bassist and lead/rhythm guitarist: The Ventilators from ’87 to ’90 (touring around Texas, playing ‘blue rhythm & rock), and ‘The Cellar Boys’ (Monmouth) from ‘07 to ‘09, 'The Litter Pickers' from '09 to '11.
Recording sessions at Austin Records and Fort Worth’s ‘Rosedale’ recording studio in the 1980s.
2010 – Present:
Supply Teacher, Primary / Junior / High School / Further Education. Teaching ICT and the Digital Framework to KS5 level (including Computer Science / Programming). Music, Art, Food, D/T, Maths, Business Studies, English.
Self Employed Musician. Private Music Tutor - Guitar / Bass / Composition / Music & Percussion through Music Leader workshops. Helping musicians to earn a living through music and entrepreneurship. Teaching Guitar Repair. Funded through private / ESF / JCP / ReAct.
Big fan of the Rolling Stones and Chuck Berry.
Solos (improvising) / Rhythm / Song Writing
Using Music to develop wellbeing, leadership, team-building, confidence, entrepreneur mindsets, life opportunities.
9/95 to 8/11 Teacher (QTS) / Examiner / Assessor / Assistant Head Teacher / Initial Teacher Training Subject Advisor:
SLT - Assistant Head Teacher (Specialism Director / International Schools Coordinator / Data Manager);Whole School ICT / Essential Skills Coordinator for Welsh Bacc program; ICT Subject Leader; ICT Subject Advisor for Initial Teacher Training (University level); KS3 ICT Co-oordinator / Assistant Network Manager; Teacher / Advisor of Technology / ICT / Electronics / Art; ICT Examiner; Teacher Governor.
Coached students and bands throughout high school career.
Music is … well, it just is! Some of you want to just play, others want grades. Let's do both.
Some of you are intimidated by other musicians - there is no competitiveness in my lessons.
I believe in learning by doing - not by watching the tutor show his or her clever playing. Let's get the music going quickly - and enjoy it. We learn much faster when we enjoy, and it keeps us motivated.
We're all at different levels; we all have different skills, approaches, reasons. But we can all sound good and feel great when we play.
Music I believe, should be simple and challenging enough to play and enjoy, and then build in the technical aspects. I believe that it isn't about what you know ––––––––––– it's about how you express it.
I believe it's important to learn from others and to play what you love, and I believe in using what you learn to make it work for you!
Keith Richards explained that the guitar is a never-ending fascinating instrument, always something more to learn - I completely believe this.
My advice would be to play what you know … your way … for you. Study the music theory, understand what you do, so that you can grow and keep enjoying everything you do - enjoy the music that YOU make.
Soloing - I think that it's about one note at a time. Better to make that one note sweet, than a dozen notes sour.
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Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- University of South Wales, Atrium (2014) - Found. Degree, Music Industry Entrepreneurship (College) (✔ On File)
- Berklee College of Music, Boston (2010) - BMP 122a.01 Blues Guitar Workshop (College) (✔ On File)
- Open University (2007) - MEd, Leadership, Management, Pedagogy (Masters) (✔ On File)
- UWCN, Caerleon (1995) - BEd, Technology (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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