Information About Will - Cambridge teacher - (15 reviews)
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Will is a guitarist, music tutor, artist, composer, and lecturer, based in Cambridge, and has held academic/lecturing positions in Music Performance Studies, Composition, and Musicology/music academia at university level here in Cambridge for over three years.
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 an artist and performer, Will has been commission by the likes of Tate, Kettle's Yard Gallery, Arts Council England, Stanley Picker Gallery, British School at Rome, Cambridge Zoology Museum, Club Inégales, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge School of Art, and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, as well as working alongside a range of esteemed musicians/ensembles.
Will began playing the Classical Guitar when he was 8 years old, and by his early teens 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, premiering several new works, with recent concerts at Aldeburgh Festival (Jubilee Hall); West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge; Mumford Theatre, Cambridge; British Institute, Florence; and British Art School, Rome.
Alongside this, Will has spent many years performing in pop/rock bands, usually as principal songwriter, 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.
Will is also a member and former student ambassador of the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), and as such can offer specialised musicians’ healthcare and wellbeing advice, including regarding posture, physical maintenance, performance anxiety, and more.
Alongside 17 years playing experience, Will also has 11 years teaching experience, which includes students of all ages, in both groups and as individuals with a wide range of abilities. He has 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!
Will primarily teaches at home, in the centre of Cambridge, where he has a dedicated and sound-proofed music/teaching room, with very high quality listening facilities, big screen displays, and a large **Contact Detail Removed** o**Contact Detail Removed**s, musical recording resources, and equipment (as well as a collection of over 2000+ records!). There is also free, private car/bike parking, as well as a sunny balcony for parents to enjoy while their children have lessons!
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However, if travelling to a student or mutually convenient location is preferred this can be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If a home visit is required, modest travel fees will be requested. Please, do not hesitate to ask.
Will does not believe in teaching using one specific style, but rather prefers to adopt a different approach based on the personality and interests of the pupil, choosing a teaching method that he believes will be most beneficial to the student; one which evolves and grows alongside the student and material covered. Will aims to design bespoke learning resources for each individual student, and prefers to see lessons as a collaborative endeavour, to achieving students' goals. Will teaches using standard notation, TAB, and/or aurally/by ear, and should students wish to enter in for examinations he can offer advice regarding exam boards and repertoire, and is happy to teach the material selected by the student.
In addition, Will believes it is important to include a sense of context and background to what a student is learning, outside of the immediate materials, as this helps develop appropriate playing/performance/style techniques for the piece or song, as well as promoting important appreciative and decision making skills, crucial for students in becoming independent and intuitive learners/musicians. For this he employs his wide knowledge of both Classical and Modern/Pop music gained through his 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 Will was a student, some of the best gems of information were the unscripted ones from when a teacher went off on a tangent.)
All of this, and more, can be discussed in advance of the first lesson, but in any case, getting to know a pupil and sharing their existing knowledge and passion is the first thing Will likes to do in a first lesson!
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.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Anglia Ruskin University (2018) - PG (Cert) Teaching & Learning (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- Anglia Ruskin University (2015) - BA (Hons) Music (Upper First Class) (Bachelors) (✔ 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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A great & multi talented guy.
R R 75yrs
It is a great study experience as I learn a lot in just an hour each time.
He has helped me with a number guitar soloing concepts which I was lacking to take my playing to the next level.