I am originally from Melbourne, Australia and for the last 6 years have been living in Helsinki, Finland.
I offer online video-chat music lessons via Skype which may be the best option for you if you're unable to find a suitable teacher locally or can't find a teacher that can fit in to your schedule. All you need is an instrument, a high speed internet connection, a computer (desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone) with a web camera and Skype account. Skype is free and can be downloaded at https://www.skype.com/en/. My main goal is to provide an enjoyable learning experience while giving you the necessary guidance to help you play the music that you want to play. The learning environment is relaxed, supportive and the lessons are tailored to your specific needs.
Back in Australia, I studied music at Monash University, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE and Box Hill TAFE. I have taught both guitar and bass guitar both privately and in schools for about 15 years. Ukulele is a new addition to the arsenal which I started playing about a year after moving to Helsinki and it quickly became a new favourite. I have experience teaching music to people of all ages and wide ranges of playing ability. I also have extensive experience teaching music to young children.
Recently I graduated from Laurea University of Applied Sciences with a Bachelor of Social Services. As part of the degree I took some intensive studies in the field of early childhood education and care and have worked as a kindergarten teacher here in Finland.
I started playing guitar when I was about 15 years old. Initially I was drawn to playing guitar because my older brother had started to play. As my musical tastes continued to develop, I started playing a wide variety of music, mostly with friends during long acoustic, sing-a-long jams. Before I left Melbourne to come and live in Finland I played guitar and sang backing vocals in rock band RPG Radio. I also played bass guitar with The Alana Bruce Band and folk band Tinpan Orange.
I enjoy teaching my students the music that they enjoy and gives them inspiration. I also like to introduce them to new material that I believe will benefit their playing and musicianship. Whether you are just starting out or have already been playing for some time I will do my best to provide you with an enjoyable and fruitful learning experience. All levels and ages welcome!
Lessons will be charged at $50AUD per hour. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.