Music tuition available on guitar, wooden flute and tin whistle:
Specialist teaching for young guitarists aged 5-9
Over the past few years there have been an increasing number of young children expressing a desire to learn guitar. However there are insufficient opportunities for young children to receive tuition appropriate to their age. Many children are taught using the same basic methods and materials designed to teach adults and older children. In response to this I have designed a programme of instruction particularly suited to young guitarists aged 5-9. Kodály principles are used to build a sound musical foundation and increase musical literacy whilst learning guitar by an age specific, child-centred approach. The programme is suitable for complete beginners and those with some musical experience, and can build upon "Colourstrings" and other early year’s music education. It covers the basic technique of several different styles including rock, folk and classical.
What are Kodály principles?
Zoltán Kodály, a Hungarian educationalist and composer, revolutionised music education in the 1950’s with a set of philosophies that later became the base for the “Kodály method”- a highly regarded method of teaching now used worldwide to great effect. Several of his philosophies are incorporated into this programme. The lessons and materials are designed using a child-developmental approach. New ideas are introduced in the order in which the child finds easiest, with difficult and unnecessary concepts left until later in the child’s musical development. New concepts are constantly reviewed through games and exercises. These help to reinforce pitch, rhythm, reading and aural skills.
Kodály believed that the first music a child should play should be the native folk music of their own country. Many of the pieces used in this programme are traditional Scottish songs and folk tunes whose sound and style will be familiar to children, even if their only exposure to Scottish music has been subconsciously through television, radio or at school.
Other Kodály principles, such as the use of rhythmic syllables to understand rhythm are also incorporated. I also encourage all students to compose their own music from a very early stage which helps develop creative thinking as well as reinforce their understanding of basic music concepts and techniques.
Please feel free to call or email me for more information on this programme or teaching for adults and other age groups.