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Welcome

Music is great for so many reasons, and the guitar is a wonderful instrument to learn to play. My main job is teaching guitar, most of the information here is for Guitar tuition, as that is the majority of my work but i also teach but I also teach piano, singing Ukulele, and have taught therapeutic music and workshops to a variety of different groups. If you would like lessons please read this page before you contact me.

Welcome to all new students, I hope you find this page useful. The Table of contents should make it easier to find the information you need quickly, or do scroll down to view the whole page as normal. Please use the contact form to give any feedback or to ask questions. I read all of your comments, fill in a Parent Feedback Form if you have time, suggestions and feedback are very welcome!

Parents please remember to look in the practice book for both tips on pieces and fees due.
CLICK HERE TO BUY GUITARISTS WAY BOOK CLICK HERE

PARENT MAIL

Parents please make sure I have an up to date email address to send the parent mail at the beginning of each term. This is my main direct contact with you, and it is important you get it. If you donÕt use email please send a note with your child!

CONTACT ME


Tuition News 2017

The Start Line

Students have been playing along to The Start Line in their lesson here is a PDF if you loose the sheet TheStartLine.pdf
Ive set a homework to write a short song about a hobby or something they like doing! using simple ideas are repeating them to make a song structure

7 SONGS

Students have a new song sheet to play with over half term. You can download it here 7Songs. Ive made some tuition videos to play along to and help at home, I hope they are useful!

Stitches - Shawn Mendes

Imagine - John Lennon

So Strong - Labi Siffre

Happy - Pharrell Williams

Songwriting

Ive also asked students to try and write a short song of their own
It needs to have a few words and at least 2x chords.. make it simple! Heres a video to help if you get stuck :

Auld Lang Syne

Christmas 2016

Children are now working on Christmas music, have a look for videos in Resources. Do think about encouraging your child to play you their piece/s at home if you have any visitors!

SUMMER

I hope students have a nice summer break! I'm not teaching over the break. Teaching restarts Private tuition w/c 5th September 2016. School Tuition restarts w/c 12th September 2016! If you get bored why not write a tune? give it a name.. see if you can play it to someone! If you are looking to start lessons I'm afraid it's mainly waiting lists so I encourage people to look for other tuition, but do drop me a message and I'll reply at the beginning of term. Thanks Trev

Trinity Exams

Trinity Grade 1 videos

Trinity grade 1 - 2016 - 2019

Here are videos to the grade 1 solo pieces, do have a listen! I hope they are useful. If you find more videos which help you please do send links and Ill put there here to help other students!

This years Oxford Exams are w/c 27th June - 5th July. I need to enter Students before May.
EXAM FEES
Practical (GBP)
Initial 34.00
Grade 1 38.00
Grade 2 43.00
Grade 3 49.00
Grade 4 57.00
Grade 5 60.00

I tend to enter students, so you need to give payment to me in plenty of time, I also Hope to be there for exams, although I cannot promise I will be there for every one. If your child is wanting to do a duet, they can play from the CD either buying a copy from Trinity (or they can borrow mine for the exam).

Students will need a Footstool and a scales book as well as their pieces book, they are welcome to borrow mine if needed

Guitar and piano TEST!!

Dont fret its just for fun, but please encourage your child to do the theory at home (they can use their books) and practice a piece and a scale for after Easter!

Tuition Update

I have taken over guitar at a new school in Littlemore : Emmanuel Christian School. Also my first ABRSM music exams passed at CCCS in Oxford. This is a different syllabus from my normal Trinity exams so Im chuffed too, well done!! ;)

Blues in A - Improvising

January is a great time to delve into the blues! This video is to accompany lessons and covers improvisation in A pentatonic minor, A blues Riff, Backing Track and Chords with fingering. Do replay the video if needed and play along! Enjoy

Lost the worksheet? download it here

MORE NEWS HERE

Tuition News Extra

RESOURCES

Here are resources which will help you and your child get more out of lessons
Scroll for Guitarist Way method book, Chords and Songs, Christmas, Tuning, and Cartoons. I often reference a video in the practice book

Method Book

Prelude

Dynamics

Daily Scales - Not just for fish!

Chords and Songs

Blues in A - Improvising

January is a great time to delve into the blues! This video is to accompany lessons and covers improvisation in A pentatonic minor, A blues Riff, Backing Track and Chords with fingering. Do replay the video if needed and play along! Enjoy


Lost the worksheet? download it here

HAPPY

James Bond and Song of The Mountains

SONGS and RIFFS


Christmas

Auld Lang Syne

JINGLE BELLS

We Wish You a Merry Christmas PIANO TUITION video


Cartoons

Songwriting - Your first song

Performing

Reading a chord box

Tune your guitar! with a tuner

There is also a good website to get the pitch of all strings HERE

Tuning guitar by Ear


There is a chart at the back of GW1, watch the video a few times, this is a difficult skill to master but very useful once you have!

SOME SONGS WE SING!

Songswesing.html is a page I put links to songs we are singing/using in lessons! you can of course ask your parent to search the internet for them as well click here


WORKSHEETS

I will put worksheets HERE for if you loose them in your lesson,


Lost the sheet?!.. CLICK to download the .pdf

BLUES IN A and SONGS and riffs sheet 2Download here

SONGS AND RIFFS sheet 1Download here

UKE BOOKLET, used in Class UKE lessons in Watchfield Download here

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GRADE EXAM PREP

ROCK SCHOOL

ROCK SCHOOL DEBUT.

ROCK SCHOOL GRADE 1.

ROCK SCHOOL GRADE 2.

ROCK SCHOOL GRADE 5.

CLASSICAL

The New 2016 Syllabus is now in use and I teach from these books, do look online for extra resources and I will put some up when I have time. Also there are recordings of the pieces you can buy from trinity. The information you need for the test is on the TRINITY WEBSITE
CLICK HERE
NOTE they have all the grade information, so just look for GRADE 1!

do ask me if you are unsure of anything.. AIM TO PRACTICE MOST DAYS in the weeks before the exam.. at least 5 times in the 2 weeks before. Practice playing in front on someone who hasn't heard you play (e.g. a brother, sister, visitor, even pet!!). Do your best in the exam.

GOOD LUCK


Fees

PARENT MAIL

Parents please make sure I have an up to date email address to send the parent mail at the beginning of each term. CONTACT ME This is my main direct contact with you, and it is important you get it. If you donÕt use email please send a note with your child! This is also how I let you know how much to pay for lessons. (I often write fees due in the practice book also) Fees are due next lesson/start of each half term. Bank Transfer is the best way to pay, please email to get bank details, Cheques (payable to Trev Williams), or cash in an envelope are also both fine. If for whatever reason you wish to stop the guitar lessons please give as much notice as you can. If a child is sick you still need to pay for the lesson (as I still have to be there for it, please contact me if there is a known/prolonged absence). If there is an inset day I haven't accounted for, or if I am ill, any money paid for a lesson not given will be carried forward.
If you are delayed in paying please write a note so I know you have seen the amount that is still due. Fees are in line with Musicians Union Rates, please contact me if you require more information on this

If you would like me to teach in your school or organise a workshop Contact me

Current rates are as follows 2016 NB I will align these with MU rates
Private £15 per 30mins
Piano 1:1 20 mins £10
Guitar lessons group, £'6/7 depending on size (as guitar is popular mostly it is £6 per student per lesson)

If you require a letter/invoice please let me know

If fees are not payed promptly I may have to stop your child lessons, please let me know if you are delayed paying to avoid this happening.


Guitar Practice

Practice is one of the most important parts to learning an instrument! have a look here if you or your child is struggling..

Practice Books

I write in the red Practice Book every lesson (you and your child can write in it as well). Please circle the practice book when you practice. Aim for 3 days a week if possible. practising for a short time regularly is better than a lot in one go. When encouraging practice it is good to try and do a bit of 'hard work' reading notes, and a bit of 'fun playing' chords and songs! Mixing both makes practice more effective. Please ensure your child circle/tick in the red book when they practice, I can reinforce this in their lesson to encourage regular practice. I will check most weeks as a few parents have given feedback about practice being hard to encourage sometimes at home.

**Well done to every pupil that managed to get 3 or more ticks this week!!**

Get your Guitar OUT!

when you get home from a lesson get your guitar out of its case right away! (check the tuning if you can also) Even if you don't have a guitar stand, having a guitar which is out of it's case is much more appealing to play for a short time.

No Time to practice??!!

One tip to create time is to practice in TV advert breaks!. mute the TV in adverts and use the 3 minutes to practice. A few add breaks would make a whole practice session!

Pick and Mix!

Try practicing, a piece you know well, an easy piece, your newest piece, a scale, a chord, a difficult piece, your newest piece, your oldest piece, a song you can sing, a piece you've made yourself, a piece you can play fast, a chord change, a piece you know off by heart, a strumming rhythm....
Theres lots to choose from, let me know if you think of any more!..

NEW PUPILS

If your child would like to start and hasn't, please do get in touch, I have waiting lists for most schools now

I currently teach in the following schools:
Abingdon Dunmore, Abingdon Caldecott, Longworth, Christ Church Cathedral School and also privately in Stanford in the Vale and Rose Hill Oxford.

OLD PUPILS

Thank you for visiting the site again! Do let me know how your music is going, It's always nice to hear from old pupils I've taught in the past! :o)

schools I have taught at in the past include, Hanney St James, Watchfield, Chaddleworth, Shefford, Uffington, Fitzwarren, Clanfield, Challow, and many through cover work at OCC


Cancelling guitar lessons

If for whatever reason you wish to stop the guitar lessons please give as much notice as you can. Please write or email to let me know if your child wants to stop guitar. You will have to pay for the remainder of the the term unless i agree otherwise, please let me know if there are any financial difficulties which might effect the lessons. As this is my livelihood I have been advised to use the small claims court in the case of non-payment but I hope to resolve non-payments without this.

Books and New guitars

A few people have recommended www.musicroom.com as a good online place to buy the music books.

CLICK HERE TO BUY GUITARISTS WAY BOOK

NOTE - new students will need to get their own guitar, or have access to one for practice at home. I do have a spare for lessons

When buying a first guitar don't spend too much, try and get a 3/4 size guitar if your child is primary age. Full size guitars are fine for teenagers, adults and bigger children. 1/2 size guitars are good for infants but they soon grow out of these. If in doubt go into a shop and try one. Ebay often has second hand guitars if you cannot get to a shop easily

** If you have an old guitar you no longer use I can try and pair it up with a student do let me know if you have one and I'll post any news here **


Sound files

Alison Bendy has recorded some excellent mp3s of the Guitarist Way tunes, I recommend buying these recordings to play along to.. here are the free samples from her website you can use to try! I sometimes use these in lessons mainly for timing. The link to buy is http://www.alisonbendy.com/

Waltz from "The Guitarist's Way Book 1 " pub.Holley Music
Unaccompanied version
Waltz from "The Guitarist's Way Book 1 "pub.Holley Music
Version with accompaniment
La Bergamasca from "The Guitarist's Way Book 1 " pub.Holley Music La Bergamasca mp3
Unaccompanied version
La Bergamasca from "The Guitarist's Way Book 1 " pub.Holley Music
Version with accompaniment
Jungle from "The Guitarist's Way Book 1 " pub.Holley Music
Unaccompanied version
Jungle from "The Guitarist's Way Book 1 " pub.Holley Music
Version with accompaniment
Carnival from "The Guitarist's Way Book 1 " pub.Holley Music
Unaccompanied version
Carnival from "The Guitarist's Way Book 1 "pub.Holley Music
Version with accompaniment
Got the Blues from "The Guitarist's Way Book 2 " pub.Holley Music
Version with accompaniment
Got the Blues faster ! from "The Guitarist's Way Book 2 " pub.Holley Music
Version with accompaniment
New World Theme from "The Guitarist's Way Book 2 " pub.Holley Music
Unaccompanied version
New World Theme from "The Guitarist's Way Book 2 " pub.Holley Music Going Home mp3
Version with accompaniment


Grade Exams

I currently have a 100% pass rate, with some merits and distinctions but I very much feel I enter students when they are ready and they work extremely hard to achieve their grades.

I encourage students to think about exams, but especially with young children I do not want to push anyone into exams who doesn't want to do it. It is fine to work from the grade books and not do the exam.

Please note Trinity exam cost starts at £35 and goes up after grade 1, and I would not necessarily be able to accompany them there, with this in mind please make sure they are confident and ready at home also. I tend to enter students in SUMMER, do let me know if you feel a different date may be better for you

ROCKSCHOOL exams are also possible

I would not accompany the student to these

ABRSM

I have entered my first pupils this year 2015 for ABRSM although Trinity is still my preferred Syllabus
I would not accompany students to these


Groups

Guitar is popular :), so almost of all my school student learn in groups initially

Generally 1:1 lessons are for Grade exams, private lessons or SEN


SCHOOLS

If your child is at one of the following schools :
Updated 2016

MY TIMETABLE 2015/16
Please notice changes to when to bring your guitar!

Monday : LITTLEMORE Emmanuel Christian School; (PRIVATE)ROSE HILL
Tuesday : LONGWORTH, (PRIVATE)STANFORD
Wednesday : CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL SCHOOL
Thursday : ABINGDON CALDECOTT,
Friday : ABINGDON DUNMORE


  • PRIVATE

    If you want private tuition, I currently teach in two locations

  • in Stanford in the Vale, which is in-between Wantage and Faringdon on the A417. If you are a beginner it is better to do one of the above options first if possible.

  • Rose Hill in East Oxford, there is a bit of space for private tuition there, please

    CONTACT ME

    for more information.


  • ADULTS

    I no longer teach for the Adult Learning service, (although I may set up courses with them at some point in the future in Rose Hill). In the past I have run groups in Wantage, Grove, and Cowely. you can enrol on there courses here : https://learnerportal.oxfordshire.gov.uk and search for guitar.

    I do teach Adults privately, although this is more expensive so not ideal for beginners or adults just starting out, also there is a waiting list, but do get in touch if you might like these lessons. FORUM
    (please Email if you forget the password, *NOTE the password is lowercase letters!*)


    Singing Tuition

    I teach singing, currently privately and in a few schools as an addition to instrumental tuition. If you would like to find out more about singing tuition please contact me. I encourage all students to sing a bit as it is great for ear training confidence and general musicianship. Even if your child is not a keep singer do encourage them at home


    Piano Tuition

    Piano tuition is currently at Longworth School only. please do get in touch if you would like more information.

    I use John Thompsons piano books,
    Piano Time by Pauline Hall


    UKE Tution

    I taught classes of UKE at Watchfield school last year. I may start classes again at another location but this is currently on hold.

    2013/14 saw all the Y3/4 lear to play songs and introduction to note reading and rhythms, they also all did a group performance to the school. This year 2014/15 I will be starting with Y2, and then on Y3 after christmas. Here is a download of the pdf booklet I just finished (they should have a copy!) UKEBOOKLET.pdf


    My qualifications

    I have a BA(hons) first class degree in Popular music and recording from Salford University
    I have passed a PTLLS teaching course at level 4
    I have passed a DTLLS teaching course Yr 1
    I plan to continue studies working towards an FE PGCE/PGCE at a later date

    I have a current, CRB certificate for children from Oxfordshire 2014, and also have been in the past CRB checked for Berkshire and also for adults with health concerns
    My Last Safeguarding training was Jan 2106 at CCCS

    I am a current member of the Musicians Union 2016.
    I was a member of the IfL 2012 for my Adult Teaching
    My guitar assessment for Adult Learning received a grade 1. :) 26.5.11
    I was inspected for Adult Learning in an OFSTED inspection, for which my session was awarded a grade 2, you can read it here
    I have been employed by the County Music Service to cover guitar work in secondary schools in Wantage, Faringdon, Didcot. and also Stanford in the Vale (my old school)!!