I began teaching guitar in 1994 and in the early years, I was predominantly an Electric Guitar teacher. Nowadays I concentrate on teaching the Classical Guitar. I hold a Masters of Music (MMus) in Classical Guitar Performance, and my written research of this Masters focused on teaching the Classical Guitar to children aged 6-10yrs. As a result, I have written my own books that start the young beginner guitarist off.
I have taught online via Skype and Zoom since 2009, when I was the temporary lecturer of Classical Guitar at the Waikato University in New Zealand. I am comfortable in both formats of in-person and online guitar lessons, having taught in Australia, New Zealand, China, Sweden, USA, Canada and Mexico through both formats.
My teaching is based in the classical tradition, where I value reading and understanding of the musical language. My students don't use Tablature but are taught to read musical notation. We don't use a plectrum - I teach students to use their fingers and thumbs of both hands. Some people think of this as "finger-style" guitar, although classical techniques can offer more. I support and encourage involvement in all guitar ensemble programs - as it is healthy for students to make friends in a positive musical environment. It also helps develop notation reading, timing and concentration.
I have a performance outcome approach to my teaching, as music should be shared. This could be through school or private concerts and exams; preferably a mixture of all three. My long-term focus for my students is to grow through their grades run by the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) – age appropriate. These exams are a great tool to maintain focus in a students guitar growth over the years and gives them a tangible certificate to validate their achievement.
My knowledge of the AMEB Classical Guitar levels is extensive having recorded over 600 pieces – yet to be released – from the AMEB and similar syllabi; including Trinity Guildhall, ABRSM and The Canadian Conservatorium. I have put over 400 students through their exams and not one has failed yet. These syllabi incorporate the classical, jazz, blues, folk and even rock styles. Together with my early days of electric guitar teaching, I cover a wide range of musical genres.
The standard lesson length is 30 minutes for beginner students. Once students move onto Level Two, a 45 minute lesson is often required as the material and repertoire gets harder and more challenging.
Contact John regarding lessons via email or phone 0407 484 727