"Since the beginning of time, children have not liked to study. They would much rather play, and if you have their interests at heart, you will let them learn while they play; they will find that what they have mastered is child's play." - Carl Orff
Through experience I have learned that the real difficulty students have is learning to comprehend music itself, rather than the physical difficulty of the musical instrument. This led to my discovery of the Kodály approach in 2013. Since I have implemented it in my teaching, many of my students have commented that it has really helped them and makes a lot of sense.
It isn’t a method of teaching any particular instrument per se, but it is a series of principles that help students to comprehend music. A few of the defining features of the Kodály approach are listed below.
- The use of tonic sol-fa.
- The use of pentatonic music early on.
- The use of folk songs.
- The realization of the importance of singing.
- The sequential introduction of musical concepts.
- The use of Curwen handsigns.
- The use of games and movement.
- The use of rhythm syllables.
As well as the music pedagogy techniques advocated by Kodály, I continue to use other tried and tested activities with my students. The traditional music examination is a helpful tool for developing instrumental/vocal technique and confidence in performance. We play duets, compose, sing, explore other instruments, musical styles etc... Music is an impossibly vast subject, so it is necessary to encourage students to explore and to find the music that interests them. True musicians are able to think about music independently and creatively, rather than to merely recite note-for-note what is written on a page. Music lessons should always be fun, memorable, engaging, challenging, creative, interesting and musical.
"Let us take our children seriously! Everything else follows from this... only the best is good enough for a child." - Zoltán Kodály
Classical Guitar - Plectrum Guitar - Music Theory - Aural - Musicianship - Singing
Piano - Composition - GCSE and A Level Music
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Depending on location and availability, lessons can also be offered from home. I charge £40 for a full hour. These lessons are paid for in either cash or cheque.
Lessons from my home are charged at £18 per 30 minutes or £32 for a full hour. Groups (3 or more students) are charged at £15 per person per hour.
"Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand." - Carl Orff