Classical Guitar Course
The classical guitar course aims to provide students a strong foundation on the basics of classical guitar technique and a practical approach to the fundamentals of musical interpretation.
The first few stages focus on systematic development of classical guitar technique and establishing a confident ability to read music. Emphasis is given on the proper mechanics of the left hand and the right hand, and the important role they play in tone production and musical expression.
The next stage introduces concepts of artistic interpretations in music. Varying types of music from different stylistic periods and genres are covered to teach the students how to imbue self expression while preserving established performance practices from these periods.
From here onwards, the students’ repertoire is progressively expanded while maintaining a balanced approach to technique and musicality. Ultimately, the goal of the course is to instil a sense of enjoyment to the students when playing music, and to build their confidence to share their music by performing in front of an audience whenever the opportunity arises.
Acoustic/Electric Guitar Course
The acoustic/electric guitar course will focus more on contemporary popular music in various genres. The early stages start with the basics of left hand fretting technique and strumming with a plectrum (pick) while learning simple songs with 2-4 easy chords using basic strumming patterns. At this point in the lessons, the student learns how to hold a steady tempo and a consistent rhythm while building a vocabulary of chords. Once the student is confident with tempo and rhythm, the student is introduced to reading guitar tablature notation; playing single note melody lines using alternate picking technique. For the acoustic guitarist, the lessons eventually progress to solo playing using finger style technique, while the electric guitar player will progress to more rock style playing technique focusing on utilising scales and arpeggios to learn basic improvisation.
The ukulele course will teach the student all the skills necessary to play songs of different genres on the instrument. The course covers basics such as proper playing posture, tuning, chords and common strumming patterns. For the more serious students, the course can progress towards learning how to play solo ukulele instrumental music using tablature notation.
While not mandatory, the students have the option to sit for graded music examinations such as the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).