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Sussex Music School provides exceptional quality guitar tuition for both adults and children across Sussex.

Whatever your age guitar lessons will bring a sense of enjoyment, achievement and well-being.

Many adults are returning to playing the guitar as a way of relaxing after a busy day. Playing a classical piece, a folk song you love by the camp fire, nursery rhymes at a children’s party or a Jazz standard can slow the heart rate, eliminate stress and give great personal pleasure.

Children love to play the guitar because of the wide range of pieces and styles available and also the myriad of opportunities there are to perform with others. Every band needs a guitar so you are always in demand! There is great opportunity for improvisation and song writing as well as a classical repertoire to master. Guitar lessons can also enhance skills in mathematics, memory, concentration, resilience and creativity. Our teachers will advise on what type of instrument is best for your needs if you need to purchase one.

Sussex Music School teachers bring out the creative side of their students and will design a study programme based on each individual pupil’s needs – there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach or ‘method’. Practise books and concert opportunities for those who want them, will be provided.

A list of our current teachers is supplied below. Sussex Music School is adding to our teacher database all the time so not all current teachers will necessarily be listed.

Guitar Teachers

Daniel  BA (Hon’s) Jazzdan

Daniel is a professional musician holding a 2.1 BA Hon’s degree in Jazz with over 10 years experience in live performance, touring, recording and teaching. Dedicated and hard-working, Dan inspires and motivates students to achieve their goals. Dan takes great pride in his teaching and this has resulted in a 100% pass rate for his students.

Since moving to Brighton in 2003 and immersing himself in the music scene, Dan has played many styles of music from Salsa to Metal.

Highlights of his career to date include performing with: Sandi Thom, Alvin Stardust, Laura Vane (The Vipertones, Gnarls Barkley and The streets), Viola Wills (Joe Cocker, Barry White and Smokey Robinson), Jodie Kidd, UK premiere of Fame Forever, Port Arlington Celtic Festival (Australia) and a Tour of the French Alps, Touring Russia with the Pink Floyd Show UK, performing at the Sidmouth Folk Festival, Towersey Festival, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and headlining the National Celtic Festival in Australia with Celtic Jazz-Funk group All Jigged Out.

Maria  – Classic guitar diploma – Conservetoire of Verona,
Qualified teacher (Turin)Maria Gibson

I am a professional guitarist with over 25 years experience in
teaching and performing. I am
currently teaching classical guitar to a wide range of children from beginners (age 7) to advanced (age 18). I love teaching and am very happy to share my experience with those willing to learn no matter what age or level. My passion is Spanish and Latin American music and I enjoy performing pieces by Piazzolla, Antonio Laurio, Pujol and many others. Giving a good foundation is really important to me; it will prepare students foir the challenges to come. Patience and commitment will allow constant progress and reveal the beauties of simple pieces played with quality. Finally, let’s not forget the fun; learning a musical instrument is primarily for enjoyment!

Dan – BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship
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Dan graduated in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship. Since then he has constantly been in demand for his versatility on electric guitar and upright bass, and his music preparation skills. From theatre shows to small/big band jazz to stadium rock gigs, Dan feels at home in any number of different musical scenarios. Some of the artists he has worked with include: Pixie Lott, The Proclaimers, Buddy Greco, Craig Revel-Horwood, Kim Mezel (Maceo Parker), 911, Ray Lewis (The Drifters), Jaki Graham, John Cameron, Chico, Sonia, Bucks Fizz, Magic of Motown, Motown USA, Angie Brown, Joe Stilgoe, FreshSteps UK, Tom Fitzpatrick and many more.

Dan has been seen playing on many major television channels including BBC 1, BBC 2, ITV and Channel 4.

Dan has taught and lectured at Sussex University, Sussex Downs College (Eastbourne and Lewes), and at Dulwich Prep and Bedes, Willingdon, Causeway and Ratton secondary schools. He has also been involved with East Sussex Music Service, Access to Activities and Bonners Music Schools, and has been privately teaching students for over 10 years – many of whom have gone on to a career within the music industry.

He likes buying too much bass related equipment, he dislikes justifying said purchases to his better half!


Joey is studying Music at Sussex University currently majoring in performance modules. His musical accolades include obtaining Grade 8 Distinction in Cello and Guitar and is now working towards completing his second stage diploma in Jazz guitar. Joey has played guitar for various theatre companies, touring at venues such as the Minack theatre in Cornwall, the Arts depot in London and the Hackney Empire to name a few. He also is a listed musician for the National Youth Music Theatre organisation based in London which has produced major talents such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. Joey hopes to obtain a 2:1 in his degree to then read jazz guitar at Masters level in London.

Piers – Higher Education Certficate of Professional Musicianship (Bass), Post Graduate Certificate of Further and Higher Music EducationPiers

Piers was born in 1962 and has over 30 years of experience working at the highest level of the Creative & Performing Arts and Music Industries. He has been passionate about music since becoming aware of it in the late 60s and it has been his main focus since 2008. He strongly believes that Music is an essential part of an education and vital to the development of creativity. He has recently graduated from BIMM in Brighton with a Post GraduateCertificate of Higher and Further Music Education, which qualifies him to teach music up to degree level. He is Music Director and one of the Principals of the Gielgud Academy of Performing Arts which was established by his wife Suzanne in 2011. He enjoys both listening to and playing all kinds of music, though his favourite era was the 70’s. He believes that few things are quite as satisfying as locking in with a really good drummer and that you always need one more bass than you already have. He lives in West Sussex with his wife and 2 daughters.

Mara – BA (Hons) MusicMara

Mara is from an international family and has lived in the UK, Kenya and Bahrain. She has continued to travel since leaving Nottingham University in 2008. Over the last 4 years she has travelled through, and been involved in projects in, the Americas (Pan American Cycle Test), East Africa, China, South East Asia, Europe and worked in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Having been based in New Zealand and Berlin she has now moved back home to England.

As a professional musician Mara has recorded and released two albums as well as performing as session vocalist for artist Ray Wilson (Genesis). She has played various festivals in Europe and New Zealand. For more information please see

Simon – BA (Hons) Music PerformanceSimon

Simon is a full-time active musician with a 1st Class BA Honours degree in Music Performance and specialises in the guitar, bass guitar and music theory. With over 8 years of live gigging and studio experiences working in original and cover bands he specialises in many different genres and styles of music ranging from rock, blues, and funk to country, jazz, pop, metal and acoustic styles. He has played both within the UK and abroad, including playing for critically acclaimed Jazz vocalist Lillian Boutté at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Simon has over 5 years of instrumental tuition experience ranging from private music lessons to classroom teaching within colleges, and has taught a wide variety of age groups from students as young as 5 years old to older adults 70+ years old, from absolute beginners to advanced levels alike. He is passionate about teaching the guitar and bass guitar and believes that learning should be fun, engaging and inspiring. Lessons are carefully tailored towards student’s needs and interests whether it’s playing for fun or studying for graded exams, whilst developing musicianship skills and theory in the process. Simon also owns a method of transport too, so you can study in the leisure of your own home!

Tom – BMus Performance, BTEC Music technologyTom

Tom is a professional jazz musician, who graduated from the University of Chichester with a BMus in Performance. Having taught composition, guitar, piano and singing for several years, Tom has helped many students to realise their potential. Believing that students should choose their own musical direction, he has an adaptable teaching style that caters to the needs of each individual student. By encouraging creativity, Tom endeavours to guide and empower his students to be able to develop their own ideas, to take the initiative,and strives to do so in a fun and engaging way.

Tom has been composing and performing for most of his life, both as a solo artist and in a number of groups; one of which was an award winning jazz quintet. Over the years, he has featured at different festivals and events, including the prestigious 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Throughout Tom’s career, his work has been praised by several commendable figures in the industry for his imaginative and innovative songwriting, which covers a variety of genres. Alongside a range of other projects, Tom is playing regularly around the south and writing the music for an upcoming musical.

Simon – Berklee College of MusicSimon B

Simon started learning the piano and brass instruments whilst very young. He moved to guitar at 16, studying classically then taking private lessons with composer and session musician Steve Dodds (Mica Paris), before completing the Rock Metal and Intermediate guitar courses at the Guitar Institute in London.

In his early 20’s Simon studied at Berklee College of Music, graduating with the Berklee Certificate, having made the Dean’s list for Excellence every semester.

In the UK Simon became a popular musician, teaching and working in and around London & Brighton with rock bands, the jazz-funk improvisational group the ‘Kings Cross Project’, forming the band ‘Mobius’ with Otto Williams (Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse) and the jazz duo ‘Indigo’ which made numerous appearances on BBC Southern Counties Radio and recording the album “Old, New, Borrowed and Blue”. Currently Simon records and performs regularly with ‘Pop Sonic’ and ‘Licence to Ceilidh’.

Simon is also a very experienced teacher, with students going on to have successful careers in music.


Tina is a professional singer with over 18 years’ touring experience in the UK and Europe working with many well-known names of “Sixties” popular music. She is also a music educator with over 8 years’ experience as a peripatetic teacher of guitar/singing and as a fully qualified KS3/KS4 classroom music teacher. Tina’s professional experience enables her to communicate passion for the subject, to students in an engaging and effective manner. Tina’s vocal coaching has successfully enabled non-instrumentalist to access the KS4 syllabus. She loves all styles of music but her passion is rock, pop and soul. She has worked in a variety of schools and currently teaches part-time at Sylvia Young Theatre School in London’s West End.

Tina consistently uses ICT in her lessons (Sibelius, Cubase, Reason, Logic, Garageband, and Audacity).

Tina has composed many original songs. She sings and plays classical, electric, bass, and folk guitar, and ukulele.  Tina enjoys sharing her wealth of live experience, in addition to theoretical knowledge, with young people. Tina believes music really does make a huge difference to the quality of our lives by giving us the chance to develop emotional intelligence and social skills.

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