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Mr Ariel Gragnani

Bachelor of Music
(verified) Master of Performance
Master of Performance
(Royal College of Music)

Bachelor of Music
(Royal College of Music)

Teaching Licentiate
(Associated Board - ABRSM)
Child Protection Course:
Completed Educare child protection training course. (more)
Keeping Children Safe in Music is the latest in the EduCare's series of distance learning courses on child protection. The training programme uses short films to show a variety of good and bad practice examples, which will be available to watch online. It will help anyone teaching music to children gain a better understanding of their child protection responsibilities, and avoid situations that could lead to accusations of misconduct.

Instruments: Classical Guitar

Acoustic Guitar

Electric Guitar
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Hello fellow guitarist!

My teaching studio is located 5 minutes from Royal Oak Station or Paddington Rail. I also teach from home in East Grinstead (West Sussex) as well as being a part of the music department at the London Oratorio. For beginners and intermediate players I use two principal methods, these are "The Christopher Parkening guitar Method" and "Solo Guitar Playing" by Frederick Noad. In addition to that, and especially if you are an advanced player, I highly recommend "Pumping Nylon" by Schott Tennant and the "Art of Classical Guitar Playing" by Charles Duncan. The majority of my students choose to sit through board exams and so I am very familiar with the repertoire ranging from the beginning grades through to the more advanced exams, such as the Dip ABRSM and LRSM. It is very common to see students who have reached a certain level of technique studying alone, but feel that they are unable to progress further. The main reason for this "dead end" is because one needs to learn not only what to practice, but also how to practice. It is very crucial that you are practicing effectively, after all guitar playing is reliant on habit formation. My main approach when teaching is geared at helping students understand what is "effective practice" and how to practice. I follow the "Hallmarks of Effective Teaching" laid out so beautifully by Susan Hallam. These include setting clear goals, providing feedback, the use of supporting music tools, modeling, providing templates, the scaffold technique, as well as encouraging intrinsic music appreciation. Finally, I believe that the most important aspect when playing music is joy; to feel inspired and to choose the repertoire which speaks to one's heart. I very much encourage as well as cultivate it in my own playing!


Email: [email protected]

Contact Ariel

Address: Sussex (East)
Fee (30 minutes): £25.00
Fee (60 minutes): £40.00

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