Having written literally hundreds of songs since I was a child, and having had those songs played by various bands and aired on TV shows, etc., I have found song writing to be one the most personally rewarding areas in music. I have also found it equally rewarding to assist and work together with my students on their songs.
I use various techniques to help with the craft of song writing including ghost song writing which involves using a template song for a new song that we slowly replace with our own original material.
We pay close attention to lyric writing, song forms, melodic invention, and the function of the melody & lyrics within those forms. Also we look at options for harmonisation in terms of chords, and the musical arrangement.
Once the song is ready we can discuss its production in terms of sonic direction and market and take the song from the acoustic version to a fully produced recorded version. I can also assist in getting the song into the marketplace. I teach as we produce and engineer it together making it a truly collabarative and educational experience.
Song writing is usually studied in conjunction with an instrument or singing in order to gain a strong musical background however this is not essential.
Students are free to choose the instruments, songs, and styles of music that they wish to persue. Being able to follow ones musical passions I believe is the best way to excel in music, so I nurture those desires with the support of sound technique, theory, and well researched performance and compositional practices.
Lessons are individually tailored to meet the needs and goals of each student. This includes the hand transcribing of music that each student wishes to study.
To faciliate these approaches, lessons are offered on a weekly basis and are one hour in duration. They usually involve half an hour of technical and theoretical work followed by half an hour of musical practice, either playing or composing. Some students choose to see me for two hours a week to draw more benefit from both the technical and practical aspects mentioned, allowing an hour for each component, however this is up to the individual in terms of time and cost.
I am known for my unlimited patience and dedicated persistence to seeing my students attain their goals.
Whilst being friendly and encouraging I also strive for excellence with each student, striving to push them to the best of their abilities.
I am guided by the students’ unique musical journey rather than trying to steer them, however I can offer guidance when needed.
I understand that all students have different outside pressures and recognise that practise or composing music outside of lessons can often be difficult, if not impossible. I am happy to work with students who either practise/compose a lot, little, or even not at all between lessons. The main thing is that my students should find their lives enriched by their involvement with music. Our approach, however, I believe should always be professional, no matter how much or little time we have, as the more we respect music, the greater the rewards.
Ages & Levels
I offer lessons for beginners as well as professional and experienced players/composers that wish to improve and consolidate their musical skills and knowledge and teach all ages from around 10 years old and over.
Rates are charged at $90 per hour inc. GST which is slightly lower than the currently recommended rate by the Music Teachers’ Association of Australia.
My rates include preparation time which includes the transcription of music individually for each student and the sourcing and making available of materials needed for each students’ musical direction and development.
I aim to provide the highest quality in musical tuition with fine attention to detail in the areas of technique, theory, and practice. With over 30 years of experience and several qualifications and accolades under my belt, I believe my rates represent value for money.