Learning an instrument

Learning to play an instrument and practising regularly has an immense impact on our brain function, including actual physical changes to brain structure thanks to forming new connections. Both children and adults can benefit from it.

The guitar is special in that it requires the player to touch the strings with both hands making the resulting music and the whole experience very intimate. See my blog post with links to peer reviewed articles about the benefits of music training here.

"I've been taking lessons with Pavel for 8 months now, and I feel like I've achieved so much! Not only I've learned songs to play/sing with friends, but I've been studying classical music and growing passionate about it. Pavel is been patient and always works with my pace and the little time I have for practising, although he pushes me when I need it and when I can do more. Our weekly lessons keep me focused. I took part in a concert with a "solo" and a duet in May, and now we've decided to take the exams for grade 2, as a further goal to work towards." - Rosalia

Lessons for children

Learning an instrument improves your child’s memory, language skills, co-ordination and spatial awareness and supports their all-round cognitive development in a way nothing else can. I offer comprehensive one-to-one guitar lessons, which include movement, musical games and lots of crazy ideas your child will love.

*no vases broken to date

I use a democratic teaching approach I learned while training and working with The Da Capo Music Foundation, letting the child make choices and guiding them in their own explorations.

I am also experienced with the grading system, having taught up to ABRSM Grade 8. I have an enhanced DBS check, I have passed a Child Protection course and I have public liability insurance in case me and your kid break that expensive vase from your mother-in-law while we sing and jump in time.

Adults can learn too!

Nobody should say “I’m too old to learn an instrument”, ever again. It is never too late to start playing or resume the childhood lessons you regret quitting. You might not become a professional musician if you start at 30 (although some very determined people do!), but you can certainly kindle a passion that stays for life.

Regular practice is good for self-discipline and has serious positive effects on the brain. It improves your memory, coordination, and spatial awareness, and there is even evidence it hinders dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Whether you want to play just for yourself, to pass grades, to make your proposition for marriage irresistible, or to sing a few songs at a house party, I have experience with all that and we can work together to achieve your goals.