I am a private teacher of Guitar, Bass and Drums. In 2016 lessons will be available in Dunedin City. My new students will be joining an existing group of students from the Wakatipu, and other parts of the world. The most important ingredient in learning the specialist skill of music is the quality of the tuition. It is my passion to provide that to people no matter where they are.
Some more information about me...
Since 2007 I have been committed to providing people with the highest quality tuition on Guitar, Bass and Drums. My ongoing musical development, starting in 2001, is guided by tutors involved with the top New Zealand music institutions and are considered to be world class. I have recently been informed that my playing and study on guitar has reached a level which only a handful of people in New Zealand hold.
My teaching experience is based upon the principles gained from a ten year full time role as a primary teacher. During that time I gained an interest in I.C.T. I realized I could combine my two interests of music and computer technology by creating a web site which would complement my music teaching, be available to anyone, and reward my students for their practice. I called the site The Golden Pick & Sticks.
Please read my student testimonials.
Even more information about me...
I admit I was ‘shaking pretty hard” when I packed in a comfortable career to join the Wakatipu’s tiny band of full-time music tutors. In October 2007 I left my mainstream teaching job to go solo. And despite initial worries about heading out on my own, I’ve never looked back. Ever since I have had a steady stream of students - from-seven-year-old kids to middle-aged budding rockers – visit my home to learn how to play guitar, drums and bass.
I was a regular teacher for 10 years. For the last 18 months I taught in Arrowtown but had more and more people coming to me in the evenings and at weekends for music lessons. As a gigging guitarist myself, I was also out doing a lot of live work and basically I didn’t see the sun.
I began playing music at an early age and toured New Zealand as drummer with The Jonahs, who were popular on the capital’s rock scene. But it wasn’t until I started to take guitar lessons at the age of 30 that my musical future started to take shape. I’d been self taught, or wondering in the wilderness I prefer to say, on guitar and drums for almost 20 years. I had a great time with all the bands I was in, but I wasn’t really getting anywhere.
I’d picked up a lot of bad playing habits and I couldn’t read music, which was a major problem. But as soon as I started taking lessons it opened up my world. To this day I still get regular tuition. I probably always will. I'd just like to thank Kevin Downing for his on going support and knowledge. I get a great deal of pleasure out of seeing my students make music. My own experience has taught me how beneficial it is to have a teacher.