We provide guitar lessons from six years to all levels from beginner to intermediate through to advanced. The lessons take place at the academy and last between 30 minutes and one hour depending on the student’s needs and stage of learning. Any student who has previous experience with a guitar will be fully assessed at their first lesson to establish ‘where they are’ with music literacy, technical ability and general knowledge of the instrument. After this informal assessment the student will be provided with tuition to suit their specific needs.
Guitar lessons are normally provided on a one to one basis which allows for development at the student’s own pace within their chosen guitar style. Shared lessons can be arranged if the students are at a similar level of ability within the same style. All guitar students have the option of taking exams which we encourage as this process sets targets and goals. There are two different boards through which we enter students, both cater for different styles.
Rockschool Exams: Ronnie the guitar teacher says, “I really like this syllabus, the pieces are graded so the student progresses naturally.” The Rockschool exams are for electric guitar using a plectrum.
We also work with Trinity College London so to cater for students who prefer the classical guitar (also known as the Spanish guitar) or acoustic guitar. Students are taught through two different methods of reading. Staff notation and tablature, known better as simply tab. There are two techniques of playing guitar taught at The Cavan Academy of Music, fingerstyle and plectrum style. A range of styles are also taught including modern classical, Beatles, music for jazz guitar, bosinova, blues and song accompaniment.
If you are thinking of starting guitar lessons and have not as yet purchased an instrument, wait and speak with your music teacher who can give you some good advice on what to look for and what to avoid.
While music theory is optional it is advised that students strongly consider taking this as additional subject to compliment the instrument being learned. Students will also be fully prepared for any Junior and Leaving Cert Practical exams.
Adult Guitar Lessons
Have you ever wished to play an instrument? Start your own band? Learn your favourite songs? Sing at that party?…or perhaps you learned guitar as a child and would like to go back to it. Now’s your chance! Tuition is one to one so you get to go at your own pace and choose the music that you would like to play.
Contact the Cavan Academy of Music for your next guitar lesson.