FUN, FRIENDLY, EXPERT TUITION.
Music is my passion in life and I get such a thrill by nurturing and fostering a love for music in my students. I have been teaching classical guitar for 20 years. In this time, I have taught one-on-one lessons, group classes, directed guitar ensembles, run workshops in schools, colleges, universities, and performed in music education concerts. Furthermore, I have taught young children to read music before they could read words, taken students successfully through AMEB graded exams (from preliminary through to Diploma levels), guided students into tertiary music degrees at universities, and helped children and adults alike realise their creative potential. I am also an accredited AMEB classical guitar examiner and am well-equipped to guide students through their exam preparation as I understand the entire process from the inside out. I have successfully guided students through exams from preliminary to AMusA (Associate Diploma of Music) level.
I run a private music studio on weekdays/nights from my home in East Victoria Park. I also offer lessons on zoom for those who cannot attend lessons in-person or for those living in other parts of the country/world.
Lessons are $40/half hour and $80/hour.
What you get is expert instruction from a seasoned professional.
WWCC and Queensland Blue Card holder.
My students will learn to:
play beautifully, rhythmically, and energetically.
play engaging music with a refined technique.
read music notation and develop a full understanding of music theory.
play chords, strumming patterns, and percussive effects.
play solo music themselves, and play duet repertoire with me.
develop confidence in their musical expression and in themselves.
I also run group guitar lessons and guitar ensemble classes. Additionally, I accept opportunities to visit schools to conduct masterclasses, to run performance and rehearsal workshops, to give presentations on my research, and to adjudicate music festivals/eisteddfodau.
GROUP GUITAR LESSONS – group guitar lessons (usually in groups of 2-4) are ideal for those who prefer learning in a group dynamic. The emphasis is taken off the self and placed on learning to play music with others, while also covering the basics of musicianship, theory, and technique. Group lessons work particularly well for students from the same family (ie. two siblings, a parent and child) or students of a similar age and starting point/ability.
GUITAR ENSEMBLES – guitar ensembles are ideal for those who wish to develop their musicianship and ensemble skills. The social aspect of music-making is a feature of guitar ensembles. My ensemble musicians learn challenging and exciting repertoire, with a focus on communication and expressing music with style and enthusiasm.
What my current and previous students have said:
"Duncan is truly irreplaceable as a teacher and as a friend. His lessons and ensemble rehearsals have been such a positive experience and have allowed me to not only grow as a musician but also a person."
"Duncan is so much more than a guitar teacher."
"Duncan is such an amazing teacher. I feel like he has really passed on a love of the guitar to me. I couldn't have asked for a better introduction to the instrument! I also feel like the lessons and the things that he taught me gave me so much more overall confidence as a musician than I had before, and enriched my own teaching practices too."
"Not only has my son's playing improved a great deal but he has also acquired a “spark” of enthusiasm about keeping on with his guitar studies."
"Duncan is passionate about teaching classical guitar. He is an extraordinary music educator and a wonderful human being."
"Excellent! Duncan is a passionate, joyful and very experienced guitar teacher. My son and I always look forward to lessons. We enjoy every lesson. I am thrilled with my son's progress. I can only speak very highly of Duncan."