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Ridgestone John Folk Guitar Teacher (Rochester)

Ridgestone John

  • Rochester (ME1)
  • Last Logged In: 30 May 2018
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Ashford, Bromley, Canterbury, Dartford, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge and Malling
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Personal Message
Hi my name is John. I am not an Academically Trained Musician or member of a well known Rock Band, but I am a Dedicated Guitarist and Tutor. Not concerned with my own ego, I focus entirely on the Student's Progress, Success and enjoyment.
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.
None academic
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
What kind of experience do you have?
Free Lance Guitar Tutor for 20 years
Freelance Tutoring Guitar & Other instruments on a One to One basis to date
Ran 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
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?
One to One Lesson @ my home @ £25. Per Hour
One to One Lesson @ Student's Home @ £30. Per Hour
Book a Minimum of 10 lessons @ @ £25 per hour (to be paid for in advance)
Group/Schools Lessons @ £35 Per Hour
Group/Schools Lesson Book a Minimum of 10 Lessons @ £30 Per Hour (to be paid for in advance)
One to One Child Lessons @ £15 Per Half Hour
Half Hour Lesson @ £20.
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?
I greatly appreciate and respect the grading system. 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
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.
Mick: Taxi Driver: Learning Acoustic Guitar @ my Home
Harry: Occupation not known: Learning Electric Guitar @ my Home
Steve: Retired Police Officer: Learning Diatonic Harmonica: Ditton
Shaun; Occupation not known) Learning Diatonic Harmonic: Swanscombe
Thomas: Lorry Driver from Latvia: Learning Acoustic Guitar @ my Home
Sue: Piano Teacher: learning Diatonic Harmonica Maidstone
Mary: Retired: Learning Ukulele Larkfield
Jason: Retired: Learning Ukulele @ my Home
Paul: Occupation not known: Learning Acoustic Guitar Leybourne
Do you have a personal message for students?
Having been a Guitar Tutor 20 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