Information About Matthew - Chichester teacher
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I began playing guitar at the age of 7 bought one for me on holiday. By 12, my interest shifted to electric guitar for its exciting tonal possibilities. I quickly began playing in bands by the time I was in secondary school, playing in school concerts and competitions.
As a result, music had become one of my main passions by the time I went to college, and so I jumped at the oppurtunity to study it in more detail. A big part of my college music studies was theory. This was hugely challenging for me, coming from a background of playing mainly rock music. Nevertheless, perseverance rewarded me with a stronger understanding of the foundations of music, and a wider appreciation of other styles, such as classical music. The process of learning theory really illustrated just how important it is … Learning about classical music kindled my love of composition. Dissecting music and understanding its components gave me endless Ideas for my own compositions.
I also began volunteering in schools while I was at college, helping music students work towards their GCSE compositions and performances.
This interest carried on into my degree, where I studied musical composition. I became obsessed with using the guitar as a compositional tool. I strived to improve my technique to keep up with what I was learning on my degree. Again, this was a challenging task, as many aspects of guitar technique are not easily quantifiable or standardised, but through persistence , I gradually became able to achieve more on the guitar.
It was also while I was at university that I began to perform professionally, in covers bands. This exposed me to many other styles of music to explore, such as funk, blues and pop music. It also provided me with a platform to gain confidence performing on my instrument in front of people.
I also gained my first professional teaching oppurtunities while I was at university. I worked at a local music school called 'Learn, Sing & Play', teaching all ages 1-1. Alongside this I worked in a few schools. This first ignited my passion for teaching music, as a way to share something that I am passionate about with others.
After my degree, I continue to play in professional bands and write and perform my own music alongside teaching. I continue to enjoy learning and develop with this wonderful instrument.
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I began teaching 5 years ago, by volunteering in my old secondary school as a guitar teacher. since then I have done private lessons, taught for the teaching company Learn Sing Play, and taught professionally in schools.
My Teaching philosophy is based around developing three main principles:
* Creativity - Music is a creative subject in many ways. From the creativity required to write, compose and perform music, there are a multitude of problems and difficult areas of study which all students will come up against. These will require imaginative and unique solutions. I can help develop this through improvisation and other methods
* Curiosity - Curiosity is integral to maintaining a long term interest in music. I encourage all my students to ask as many questions as possible, and never shy away from learning something new.
* Independent Learning - Independent learning is an integral part of developing no matter your age. Lessons with me are mainly based around monitoring your progress and introducing new ideas, concepts or repertoire. Much of the learning process will happen during personal practice between lessons. I develop independent learning by giving your practice times focus through giving you specific objectives to achieve week on week.
Learning guitar can provide a broader appreciation of music that lasts a lifetime. This is why I ensure that musical skills such as theory are covered. Understanding the music that you play and like is integral to that appreciation.
To this end, I try to inspire drive and method for students, while giving them the guidance they need to develop.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- University of Chichester (2015) - 2:1 (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Farnborough 6th Form College (2012) - B, B, C (College) (✔ On File)
- Fernhill School and Language College (2010) - 5 A-C's (School) (✔ On File)
- Fernhill School and Language College (2010) - 2 A*-C's (School) (✔ On File)