Information About Ricky - Tooting teacher
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Ricky offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!
My name is Ricky and I am a full time musician living in London for the past 11 years. I studied for my Music Degree at Kingston University from 2009-2012, and have been teaching guitar privately and performing regularly in London and abroad ever since. I have been fortunate enough to have been able to perform with my band (Eddy Smith & The 507) at prestigious venues and festivals in that time such as The 100 Club, The Troubadour, Isle of Wight Festival, SXSW Festival (Austin, TX), and many others.
I have been performing as a member of the house band for the Piano Works venues (Farringdon & Leicester Square) for the past five years. Whilst working there I have been able to play with some of the best musicians in London and the UK, and have learnt so much from this experience (almost like a second degree!). I have developed a huge repertoire of music during this time, and have seen my listening skills, improvisational ability, and ensemble performance knowledge increase exponentially.
Other than music, I am a keen sports fan (playing and watching), enjoy a bit of DIY here and there, and love reading and movies.
I have been teaching Electric and Acoustic guitar both privately and in the classroom for the past 8 years. I am fully DBS (formerly CRB) checked, and hold my own Public Liability Insurance certificate.
I have been teaching the Rockschool Guitar Syllabus extensively in my career, and have a 100% pass success rate at Merit or above. I have also recently started using the Trinity courses.
As well teaching grades I have had plenty of students just wanting to learn casually for fun, and using my performing experience and repertoire I have been able to put together my own personalised curriculum for these students to suit their own preferred styles and choices.
I have also tutored several of my students through their GCSE Music exams, seeing improvements on their expected grades each time.
My approach to tuition is exacltly the same as my own personal approach to music: we are all in it to have fun first and foremost. Whether teaching grades, casually, or GCSE tuition I will always try and link the teaching to something that they enjoy and appreciate. I feel this always increases the practice time for the student as they are not just studying but having fun at the same time.
In a lot of my performance opportunities I tend to have to play by ear with an emphasis on improvisation and listening, and I try to make sure all my students are well versed in these aspects in our time together. I feel this seriously improves the independence of the student and allows them to make strides by themselves.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Kingston University (2012) - Music (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Thanet College (2009) - BTEC Music (College) (✘ Not On File)
- ABRSM (2009) - Grade 5 Music Theory (Other) (✘ Not On File)