Guitar teachers are two a penny - the local newspapers frequently contain advertisements for "cheap guitar lessons"
So what does my guitar diploma qualification mean to you, a prospective pupil? Why not pick a "cheap lesson" instead?
Well, my fees are aligned with the Incorporated Society of Musicians rates - industry-standard fees that you can check up on.
Agreed, a diploma is no substitute for experience, but unlike some guitarists who get a performance diploma and then decide to teach, I did the opposite - I decided to teach and then took a teaching diploma, with a thesis on beginners and their motivation.
What a qualification shows, apart from a measure of a teacher's ability, is their commitment.
What it means to my pupils is that
- they don't buy an hour of my time
What they buy is
- a structured lesson from a pre-planned syllabus
- the preparation I do beforehand
- the record-keeping I do afterwards
- the handouts I give out
- the performance and ensemble opportunities I make
- a chance to contact me between lessons to solve problems
I'm committed to ensuring that when I put the letters DipABRSM after my name, it's not for my benefit - it's for yours...