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Over Luke S.
I am a graduate of Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with 10 years of experience as a music tutor and as a performing musician. I am an enthusiastic classical guitar, lute, composition and music theory tutor offering encouraging tuition to all ages and abilities.
As an active lutenist and guitarist I perform as a soloist, as well as in chamber music concerts and opera productions. I am a member of a variety of ensembles such as Camera degli Angeli, London Gala Orchestra, Sound a Parley, and Dellingr Duo, with whom I perform in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. I also give talks to the public about early music and plucked string instruments featured in historical paintings. I am motivated and passionate about performing music to the highest possible standard, and making a positive contribution to cultural and musical life.
Lessons with Luke
In my guitar lessons we would begin with working on posture and technique; with careful regard for handling the instrument correctly, and how to make a well-rounded sound. The majority of the lesson would focus on the piece(s) of music that you are learning, with a view to improving your sound, technique and musical expression over a long term period. I will also offer practice plans to guide your practice between lessons.
Should you wish to pursue an academic musical path, this tuition includes guidance with preparation for your classical guitar or music theory examinations, where we would also work on developing your musicianship through aural training. You may also request lessons in composition, harmony, figured bass and composing a melody.
For students who do not wish to pursue an academic path through playing guitar, lute, composing music, or understanding music theory, my lessons can be suited to your individual ambitions while still aiming for the highest possible standard of musicianship and enjoyment.
My experience as a music tutor has largely been developed through my own private teaching, and I have successfully guided students through their performance and theory examinations for British examination boards such as ABRSM and Trinity. I have also gained experience in education through several British music education programmes designed to support pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. This involved working as a guitar tutor for the City of Cardiff Music Education Service and as an orchestra coach for Making Music, Changing Lives. In these classes and workshops I gave tuition to pupils in small groups and individually on a weekly basis in classical, acoustic and electric guitar. During this time I successfully engaged them with the enjoyment of making music and expanded their existing knowledge of the subject. Should you wish to study acoustic or electric guitar I can provide tuition in these areas of guitar music.
If you are a singer or instrumentalist who is interested in guitar or lute accompaniment for your performance exam, workshop or masterclass, I can offer basso continuo accompaniment on theorbo and lute for music from the baroque era. I can also provide accompaniment on the classical guitar for music after the baroque era.
I am happy to teach one individual or a group of students at one time, and I teach from home in a living space ideal for lessons and workshops.
Please feel free to apply for a trial lesson!