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 campfire, 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 songwriting 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.
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.
I am a professional guitarist with over 25 years of 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 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!
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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