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About Marcus R.
I have been playing guitar and performing in various bands for around 25 years, and started teaching music in 2004, after completing my BA Honours Music & popular music degree and moving to Southampton. I pride myself on being approachable, patient and structured with my guitar lessons, whether you’re a complete beginner or if you’ve been playing for years. Here are a few quotes from reviews students and parents have written:
“Marcus is an intuitive, versatile and effective music teacher. He takes time to listen, analyse and meet my goals and learning needs.”
“Marcus combines his own deft flourishes of talent on a wide range of guitars to inspire whilst teaching basic techniques with attention to detail. He responds regularly and respectfully to student feedback, adapting lesson plans and practice routines accordingly to help maintain motivation when any barriers to progress are encountered.”
“Marcus is not only a great guitarist but also has an in-depth technical knowledge of the music theory behind it and can teach it at a rate the student can absorb without being overwhelmed or bored.”
“Marcus is a brilliant guitarist with infinite patience, attributes which contribute to his excellence as a teacher. He has a very positive approach and will always find a way forward when you think you have hit a brick wall.”
“My son has been having lessons with Marcus for six or so years and over that time he has progressed through his RockSchool grades. Marcus has the rare quality of being an excellent teacher and excellent musician, always trying new ideas and striving to find the best way of passing on his knowledge”
I started my music teaching career in 2004. Initially this was covering for other teachers' college and school classrooms, whilst also working with a private music education company based in the New Forest, teaching and overseeing group lessons with other instrumental tutors, and building up my experience as a music educator.
During the summer of 2009 I set up my own guitar teaching studio to focus on teaching guitar full time to individuals and small groups, as I believe that this is the most effective way to learn. (Note: This is my observation based on working in classroom settings, larger groups, and workshops previously, and noting that progress tends to be much more effective and enjoyable for many individuals when lessons are tailored to the individual in smaller groups or 1 on 1).
Over the years I have helped hundreds of students to learn and improve their guitar and music skills, from beginners starting a new hobby to more serious players applying for A level & university music courses, or looking to join a band.
I also have an excellent record with students studying Rockschool grades with me, with around 80% of those taking an exam passing with a merit (75%+) or distinction (90%+).
- BA (Hons) degree in Music/Popular Music (2004).
- Teaching Certificate – City & Guilds PTLLS (Level 3) (2010).
- Advanced Certificate in Guitar from the Academy of Contemporary Music school (A.C.M) (2001).
- Grade 8 Guitar (Rockschool Trinity) (2005).
I am a member of the Musicians' Union.
Whether you want to learn for fun, or you are a serious musician looking to take your playing to the next level, I offer friendly, professional tuition service to help you achieve your guitar playing goals.
As a bonus, I provide support that goes beyond the lesson time in my studio, and services/resources that you can access anytime from the comfort of your home. The aim is to make this practice time as fun and effective as possible, and many students that I have taught over the years report how they benefit from this structured approach, and feel more confident with their practice and progress between lessons. This includes links to ear training and theory games and exercises, short video demonstrations of topics covered in a lesson and a practice plan from the lesson.
I am passionate about helping people to develop their potential to become successful confident musicians, whether they are starting out or have already been playing for years.
To find out more or to book your first lesson simply send me a message using the button on my profile page.