Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours
Child Protection Awareness Training
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
2011 - Rockschool Grade 8 Guitar
Classical Harmony and Theory
Jazz Harmony and Theory
Beginners to Advanced
I'm Ben Topham, and I'm a London based guitarist and teacher. I have a First Class Honours Degree (Bmus) in Popular Music Performance and many years of teaching experience, both in schools and privately.
My teaching philosophy is that students should learn music by learning music; that is, my teaching focuses on giving students relevant and appropriate pieces of music to learn, listen to and aspire to play.
I am also a firm believer that music is supposed to be a fun and enjoyable, and so my main aim with my students is to help them enjoy their instrument and better express themselves musically. With this in mind, I individually tailor all of my lessons to suit each students own needs and musical tastes, and do my best to help foster their musicality, creativity and individual voice.
I can teach grades and music theory to students who want that.
I am DBS (formerly CRB) checked.
All my lessons are held in the comfort of your own home.
My rates are £25 per hour, with an extra travel fee if I have to travel particularly far. I'm based in the Dollis Hill/Harlesden area (NW2 and NW10).
I look forward to seeing you :)
Here are some of the areas I cover with my students:
Learning pieces of music and songs!
Most Genres and styles, from Rock, to Jazz, from Soul to Country.
Soloing (styles) and improvisation
Fingerboard knowledge and understanding
Ear Training and transcribing
Harmony and Theory (Classical, Jazz and Popular harmony)
Composition and Songwriting
Chord melody and solo guitar improvisation
Check out some of my compositions! http://bit.ly/1kTER9M
Fee (60 minutes): £25.00
Fee (30 minutes): £15.00
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