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Guitar

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00
Advanced £25.00
Expert £25.00
Casual £25.00

Bass Guitar

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00
Advanced £25.00
Casual £25.00

Music Theory

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00
Advanced £25.00
Expert £25.00
Casual £25.00

Composition

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00
Advanced £25.00
Expert £25.00
Casual £25.00

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Personal Description:

Will is a Music Tutor, Composer, Classical/Electric Guitarist, and Musicologist based in Cambridge, and is currently an Associate Lecturer in Music Performance Studies at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

In 2015 Will graduated from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge with an Upper First Class mark in a BA (Hons) Music degree, and alongside majoring in Contemporary Composition and Musicology, he was also awarded the Mark Devin Music Performance Prize for outstanding achievement in his Performance studies. As a Composer and Performer Will has been commission by the likes of Tate, Kettle's Yard Gallery, Club Inégales, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge School of Art, and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, as well as working alongside esteemed musicians/ensembles such as pianist, Philip Mead, and the Anglia Chamber Choir, conducted by Paul Rhys.

Will began playing the Classical Guitar when he was 8 years old, and by his early teens he was performing regularly, alongside having also taught himself at great length how to play the Electric, Acoustic, and Bass guitars. As a teenage guitarist Will achieved a Grade 8 Distinction in Classical Guitar (and equivalent Theory qualifications), and now specialises in mostly contemporary repertoire, having programmed works by composers such as Babbitt, Britten, Takemitsu, Walton, Murail, Andriessen, Cage, and Reich at events/venues such as the Aldeburgh Festival (Jubilee Hall); West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge; and the Mumford Theatre, Cambridge. Will is also deeply engaged in expanding the instrument's repertoire and alongside currently working with two current composers on brand new works, April 2015 saw Will give the World Premiere of 'Untitled #1', a new work by Australian composer/musicologist, Tom Hall, written for electric guitar, 'cello, and electronics, which he performed in alongside the composer, and English composer/cellist, Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

Alongside this Will has spent many years performing in pop/rock bands, usually as principle song writer, lead guitarist, keyboardist, synthesizer player, electronic musician, and backing vocalist. In these arenas Will employs a focus on translating his classical training into a more popular language, and experimenting with the sonic possibilities of both analogue and digital guitar-based technologies. This work has seen Will perform internationally, appearing at several major venues and festivals.

Tutoring Experience:

Alongside my 16 years playing experience I also have 10 years teaching experience, which includes students of all ages from 5/6 year olds to mature adults, in both groups and as individuals with a wide range of abilities. I have forged successful student/teacher relationships with a range of pupils, from those who are just beginning on their musical journey, or who simply want to casually learn an instrument in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, all the way to more experienced players already looking at highly advanced repertoire, and who are seeking assistance in passing high-level examinations or aid in preparation for A-level or University-level recitals … or indeed beyond!

I usually prefer to teach from home or from my own music facilities, however if travelling to a student or mutually convenient location is preferred I can assess this on a case-by-case basis. If a home visit is required I may have to request modest travel fees but any location within a feasible distance is certainly a possibility. Please, do not hesitate to ask.

Tutoring Approach:

I do not believe in teaching using one specific style, but rather prefer to adopt a different approach based on the personality and interests of the pupil, choosing a teaching method that I believe will be most beneficial to the student; one which evolves and grows alongside the student and material covered.

I can teach using TAB, Standard Notation, and/or aurally/by ear, and should students wish to enter in for examinations I am able to offer advice regarding exam boards and repertoire, and happy to teach the material selected by the student. Additionally, I believe it is important to include a sense of context and background to what a student is learning as this helps develop appropriate playing/performance/style techniques for the piece or song. For this I call upon my wide knowledge of both Classical and Modern/Pop music gained through my academic studies to share music with students, and teach how to listen critically and then discuss music, possibly with the odd anecdote along the way! (Certainly, when I was a student some of the best gems of information were the unscripted ones from when a teacher went off on a tangent.)

Students of all ages and abilities are welcome, as are both casual and more serious players.

I maintain my prices below the national average as I strongly believe that finances should not be a limiting factor on musical tuition and enjoyment.

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

Qualifications:

  • Anglia Ruskin University (2015) - BA (Hons) Music (Upper First Class) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • Samuel Whitbread Academy (2012) - A-levels in Classical Music, Music Technology, and English Literature (School) (✘ Not On File)
  • N/A (2012) - Grade 8 Distinction - Classical Guitar (Other) (✔ On File)
  • N/A (2006) - Grade 5 Music Theory (Other) (✘ Not On File)

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