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About Greg B.
Greg is a multi instrumentalist and composer/produce/engineer based in SE London and has been teaching for over twenty years alongside his own music career. He has worked with with theatre to Contemporary Dance companies, local community groups, gigging and recording bands & film production.
He is originally Classically trained (North Bucks music school & 6 years as paid chorister st.Lawrence church Winslow) & did his undergraduate degree at Goldsmiths' College in London where he had already established a few gigging bands spurred on by his own interest in pop rock & jazz.
From 1989 - 1993 he was 'keyboardist' & percussionist for 'Lovetrain' - signed to Virgin Siren records/EMI publishing and since has set up his own business around his home studio - demos post production mastering as well as offering courses to students - 100% pass rate so far!
Greg is passionate about his teaching as it enables him to pass on a lot of musical knowledge both theoretical and historical (socio-political) as part of his 'value added' and takes on students of all ages and abilities - this includes experience of teaching SEN ( ADH & Dyspraxia) - "the system approach works well with these types of learners".
Greg's 'root instruments' are Piano, Violin & Voice but he has added Guitar (Elec & Nylon)E Bass and Drums - kit and various - which he has been playing for the past 30+ years - as well as Studio Tech and Production from his experience in & out of the industry & work in several studios as recording engineer ( Logic /Cubase/Ableton/Reason/Sound Forge etc.)
He offers several instrumental courses which follow the ABRSM / Trinity / LCCM and Rock School syllabuses - as well as music theory (ABRSM) & Music production (BTech). They all run from beginners to advanced and it is the students choice as to whether they wish to be entered for exams. If they choose not to then they will still follow a comprehensive learning with plenty of value added. All students will be introduced to many styles of music - pop, rock, folk, classical & jazz - regardless of which syllabus they decide to study, which is particularly useful for students who are already studying music GCSE or BTech level 2/3. Compositional and note analysis are also a key part of each lesson.
For those students who wish to go on to college/university diploma courses are also offered.
First lessons, whether for advanced or beginner students, will be to ascertain musical ability as well as prior learning and - for parents particularly - an overview of the courses and the expected practice regime for a student to advance well. These will also concentrate on basic technique and knowledge (theory or tech know how) to prepare the student for exams or for general advancement.
As a student advances more emphasis will be put on sight reading and improvisation - particularly for those studying rock & pop or jazz - and interpretation.
The hope is to produce students with a good all round musical ability and knowledge.