However with more and more students wanting to take the Australian Music Education Board (AMEB) exams I’ve realised over the past few years that this is where I can help my students most effectively (and, indeed, it’s what I’m best at with a 100% success rate).
All my students achieve fantastic results with my unique style of coaching
I have had many great teachers myself over the years, especially during my studies at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
In fact the key reason I returned and completed a second degree in music after moving to Melbourne was to work with Tonie Field at the VCA. I was also more recently a student of Phillip Houghton until his tragic passing in 2017.
I believe the art of teaching is a craft to be studied, honed and of equal importance to actually being able to competently play the guitar.
I believe what sets me apart from the many other qualified teachers out there is my ability to quickly assess my students and find the approach that best suits their guitar lessons. Every student learns at a different pace and with a different style.
There is no one-size-fits-all. This individualized method supports them reaching their goals quickly, with a great sense of achievement and enjoyment every step of the way.
Our focus and specialty is of course providing the best classical guitar lessons, but there is so much more to it than this simple description might imply.
Ask yourself why you’re reading this website in the first place. What kind of music moved you and sparked the need to have to play it for yourself? It could be traditional Spanish flamenco guitar, current pop songs from the radio or the timeless intro to “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC.
The scope to play music from different styles, eras or parts of the world is endless with the classical guitar.
I have been a student as many years as I’ve been a teacher and have always been the kind of student interested in pretty much everything! This has led me to some great opportunities including playing the Big Day Out with a punk rock band (and fulfilling a dream of having my band’s name on the very same poster with Metallica) and touring the United States playing the Celtic Banjo.
Whichever little niche within the classical guitar excites you more than anything else, I’m 100% confident I can guide you in getting the absolute best out of yourself with your chosen path with music and the guitar.
Essential to my approach to teaching the classical guitar is conveying to my students why in addition to how.
There are many other teachers out there who can teach how something is done but in my experience not very many teachers take the time to explain why we do things a certain way. My students have a good grasp on both the why and the how, therefore they’re quickly and easily able to navigate the challenges in becoming self-sufficient musicians and guitarists and have fun in the process.
As Mr Miagi said in The Karate Kid: “No such thing as a bad student, only bad teacher”.
So regardless of whether you’re a complete beginner or have been playing for years and have found yourself stuck in a rut, please do get in touch for a chat to learn more about how I can help inspire and coach you to make your musical aspirations come to fruition.
Joshua – Founder, Media Luna Guitar Tuition