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Ridgestone John Folk Guitar Teacher (Rochester)

Ridgestone John

  • Rochester (ME1)
  • Last Logged In: 21 Mar 2018
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Ashford, Bromley, Canterbury, Dartford, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge and Malling
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Personal Message
Music is a precious gift and everyone should, I believe, have access to enjoy learning a musical instrument be it the guitar or any other one.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Guitar: (Electric - Acoustic - Classical - 12 String & Slide)
Mandolin (Mandola - Octave Mandolin
Banjo: (Blue Grass)
Harmonica (Diatonic)
Dulcimer (Appalachian and Stick)
Tell me about your qualifications.
Channel Awareness Module Certification
Safeguarding Children e - Academy CPD Certification
obtained whilst teaching Guitar at the Ashford Oaks Community School
A level Art Grade B
8 Units Credit NV.Q. Business Admin
What kind of experience do you have?
Currently Freelance Tutoring Guitar & Other instruments on a One to One basis
Currently running an After School Art Club @ a Primary School in Gravesend on a Freelance Basis
Freelance Guitar Tutored to Selected Pupils @ a Community School in Ashford for 1 year
Worked as a Beanstalk Reading Volunteer 2 months
Free Lance One to One Guitar Teaching for 18 years
Floor Spot Guitarist/Mandolin Player & Singer/Song Writer Folk@ the Oast Rainham Kent 2 years
Community Arts Worker Spiral Arts Gillingham 2 years
Art Education 3 years
How much do you charge?
I charge less than the Standard Minimum Musicians Union Rate for a Minimum of three lessons.
Musicians Union Contract/Terms & Conditions/Receipt issued

One off Lesson £35
Minimum of 3 lessons £60.00
Where do you teach?
Teach @ my Home or travel anywhere in Kent & South East London (Details on request)
When are you available?
I work on a flextime basis and endeavor to work around the preference of the Pupil, there are no seasonal variations (Details on Request)
Which ages and levels do you teach?
All Ages & Abilities
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Although I can work up to equivalent of grade 4 I prefer to teach "From The Heart" as it were. This I believe leads to a natural and spontaneous form of playing and the Student I believe will enjoy this method
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Enhanced Full Disclosure D.B.S. Certificate issued November 2015 by Beanstalk
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Musicians Union
National Harmonica League
RGT@LMC (John Beckett)
Where and with whom did you train?
Home tutored on Classical Piano as a Child
Self taught on Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele and Harmonica
Practical training in Community Arts/music Spiral Arts Gillingham's Community Arts Project
Picked up Tricks of the Trade whilst a Floor Spot Guitarist @ Folk at the Oast
Tell me about some of your current students.
Jim (Retired) Learning Mandolin, Irish Bazouki, Stick Dulcimer & Appalachian Dulcimer
Mick (Taxi Driver) Learning Acoustic Guitar
Harry (Occupation not known) Learning Electric Guitar
Steve (Retired) Learning Diatonic Harmonica
Shaun (Occupation not known) Learning Diatonic Harmonica
Bridget (Legal Secretary) Learning Blue Grass Banjo
After Schools Art Club, Inspiring young pupils to be artistically free and creative
Do you have a personal message for students?
Having been a Guitar Tutor 18 years ago & adding other instruments to my tutoring over the years to reach out to a wider public, I teach all ages & abilities @ all social levels. My Students have been School Children, 4 Builders, 1 Lorry Driver, 3 Police Constables, 2 Detective Constables, 2 Firemen, a Psychiatrist, an Accident & Emergency Doctor, 1 Taxi Driver, 1 Guitar Teacher, 1 Classical Violinist & many more. I provide Easily understood lessons & allow my pupils to to at their own pace