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 – Guitar – BMUS POPULAR MUSIC STUDIES | 2007 | GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON | 2:1
Daniel says: “I have been teaching for 12 years in secondary schools, and I consider my key role to be one of encouragement. Whether students are absolute beginners or come with prior knowledge it is always my aim to encourage their development, help them to retain that initial spark, and continue to grow as musicians.
I use a variety of teaching aids comprising guitar tab, standard musical notation and most importantly encouraging them to listen critically and to deconstruct songs in order to understand the guitar’s role within a piece.
Further to my guitar tuition I have run ensemble sessions; incorporating Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals and Drums. Drawing on my 25 years’ experience of playing guitar and writing, recording and performing, I aim to expose young musicians to a rehearsal / performance environment to encourage listening skills and general ensemble etiquette.
I have also supported both GCSE and A-level music students, for example by sourcing and recording performance pieces and preparing guitarists for ensemble performances. I also assist students in the composition process by helping them to apply theoretical structures in guitar-centric way.
I always hope, with all my students that they will continue to play and most importantly, create music. “
Thomas – RGT Grade 8 Acoustic, distinction.
I have been teaching guitar full time since 2004 to both children and adults and currently teach over 140 students a week in both schools and private lessons.
I am happy to teach beginners to advanced guitarists on both acoustic and electric guitar catering the lessons to the musical genres and ambitions of each student.
So, if you just want to play some songs for fun or pass all the grades and turn professional, I am always happy to cater my lessons to suit whoever I am teaching.
As a seasoned performer with over 100 performances and private bookings a year I have a huge repertoire of classical and instrumental pieces as well as songs, riffs, and solos from across the decades which all make great additions to my teaching repertoire too.
The most important thing I have learned over the years is that the best ingredients to good lessons are kindness, patience, and a good sense of humour.
Tina – Dip. Mus., PGCE (Secondary Music), QTS
Tina is a DRB checked music teacher based in Brighton. She has many years experience as a peripatetic tutor of singing and guitar and as a fully qualified classroom music teacher. She has worked in a variety of schools and currently teaches at Sylvia Young Theatre School in London’s West End.
As a professional singer, she has extensive touring experience in the UK and in Europe working with numerous well-known names. Tina’s professional experience enables her to communicate her passion for the subject to students in an engaging and effective manner. She has composed many original songs and has helped students develop their own musical ideas. Tina really enjoys sharing her wealth of live experience, in addition to her extensive theoretical knowledge with her pupils. She believes that music really does make a huge difference to the quality of our lives by giving us a chance to develop emotional intelligence and social skills.
Ben BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship – Guitar
I first started playing the guitar when I was 11 years old and it was my love of AC/DC that propelled me forwards on my musical journey. My tastes in music have changed, developed and grown, listening and playing everything from classic rock, blues, country, pop, funk and many other styles. This eclectic mix means I am able to teach a whole range of styles to suit the needs of individual students.
I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship and within my course, studied a Music Teaching module. Since then I have taught at various Music Academies, run a rock school in a college and taught groups and private one-to-one lessons, culminating in eight years worth of teaching experience. With all that I have learnt, along with being a professional and accomplished performing musician, both live and in the studio, I have been able to transfer that experience into my teaching approach and create a full proof learning process catering for all abilities. Whether you’re a complete beginner wanting to learn to play your favourite songs, or an experienced musician wanting to brush up on your theory, my teaching methods will provide you with the tools you need to achieve your guitar playing goals.
Adam – Guitar – Masters in Professional Media Composition
Adam is a musician and composer based in Brighton, England. He holds a master’s degree in Professional Media Composition from Chichester University. I have worked on a variety of projects, including films, video games and theatre. I have toured the UK and Europe playing piano in a band called for Vlmv (UK). I am been playing guitar for 19 years and teaching for the past 3 years. I have a good understanding of music theory, harmony and orchestration.
Adam’s teaching style is relaxed but firm, encouraging students to reach their potential. I like to keep my lessons fun and believe it is important that students learn by playing material they love. I can teach from my home studio or at the student’s home. I teach from beginners to intermediate (acoustic and electric) both children and adults.
What Adam’s Students Say!
“I would definitely recommend Adam to anyone looking to learn the guitar no matter what your skill is. I find Adam to be an excellent teacher, very thoughtful about what could best help his pupils achieve their ambitions”
“My daughter thoroughly enjoys her lessons with Adam and has made great progression. Adam is very considerate, encouraging and patient. My daughter particularly loves the fact that she is working on music/songs that interest her”
Seb – Bmus Durham 2:1, grade 8 in piano
Seb is a piano, guitar, singing and music theory teacher based in Eastbourne, East Sussex.
Seb graduated from Durham University with a bachelor’s in Music in 2017, specialising in Piano Performance. Since then, he has taught music, largely in schools – this included a graduate position at St Edward’s School in Oxford. More recently, he took up a position as Musical Director for a top-rated show on board the Norwegian Getaway, playing keyboards and guitar as well.
Seb’s theoretical approach to teaching all styles of music aims to produce not just better pianists, but better overall musicians. He places an emphasis on not just “what is correct”, but also “why it is correct”, meaning that his students are better equipped to tackle new musical challenges in future