Creative Guitar School Concert Nov 30, Melbourne, School of Music
12 -2 pm
Armadale Uniting Church
86a Kooyong Road
3163, Armadale, Vic
On November 30 we will be celebrating our next school concert where students will showcase their skills and compositions. This is a free event but please rsvp through our facebook event page.
The concert schedule
Students must all arrive at the venue at 10.30 a.m, at the latest. At this time we will be sharing a light brunch and also have the opportunity to mingle, chat, so as to prepare for our concert. I would also like to ask for volunteers to help set up the stage and dining area.
The doors for the general public will open at 11.45 a.m. This is a free event, but ask all your friends and family to get a ticket through our online booking system. This will ease up the entrance process and allow the guitar concert to start right on time.
There will be a total of 8 groups performing two songs each. The total concert time will be of approximately 90 minutes. Our guitar concerts are a fun activity for all students, family and friends. This is the time we all get together to share our love of music and guitar in a professional concert setting.I eagerly await to hear all your exciting music.
A summary of the educational objectives of the Guitar School
My educational objective is to help students achieve wellbeing through self expression in music. Yes they all learn to play the guitar in different styles as blues, jazz , rock, funk or flamenco. They also learn to play acoustic guitar, nylon or on electric guitar.
Our difference in music education
The main difference in what I teach and share is based upon the why of music. We play music to share a musical idea with others. If we do not play music, in a manner that we can share it, the end result will not feel that good.
This means that we have to learn to play songs in a manner that we can play in a group situation where the melody is clearly expressed, the groove clearly defined and the variations of the previously, clearly developed so as to maintain a flow in a song.
Students must acquire a thorough knowledge of scales, chords, technique but also a deep understanding of how to hear and play a melody, and the groove of a song.
No matter the role you play in a band you must be able to perform the melody and relate it to the chords at all times. For example, when you play chords you must be singing the melody of the song,or when you play the drums you must be singing the melody of the song.
This is a must for all musical styles and unfortunately is not an educational objective you will find on most internet learning platforms. Furthermore, these platforms teach you scales, chords, rhythms, licks but few mention why you need to learn them and use them.
Traditional aural and rhythmic training
Guitar students that learn in music schools will undergo aural learning that includes singing and hearing. A good teacher will make sure you master these concepts correctly. Please avoid learning songs by just playing some chords as this will take you nowhere and lead to personal frustration.
Composing and performing
All guitar students must learn to compose music. A composition is like an essay. We all have gone through primary school, and reached a point where we learn to write clear essays. This helps us understand how to express a concept in a clear and logical manner.
The same occurs in music, we all must learn to explain to others a musical idea, and this you may achieve through composition
The guitar students that will be playing at our next school concert will perform compositions or work related to course material. In all my guitar courses that I offer either online, or in a classroom group learning, students learn skills and master them by creating a composition based upon the targeted skills.
This is great fun and proves to be a very valuable learning asset and also a very satisfying experience for all students. Students may also benefit from recordings and productions in our studio environment.
On September 22, 2018, we celebrated our 8th Creative Guitar School Concert.
I must say thank you, to all guitar students that participated and shared with the audience, their love of music and guitar at our Creative Guitar School Concert. It was wonderful to hear so much hard work come to life, with music that touched all our hearts.
I am looking forward to our next concert, and to hear your progress and compositions. Definitel, I am eager to join your journey, to self discovery, through music and the guitar.
Join us at our next concert, sign up for a interview and learn more about music yourself and playing with others
The objective of all Guitar Courses, at our music school, is for students to interact in group settings, to develop melody, accompaniment and spontaneous compositions, which is referred to as improvisation.
In all courses, we learn to understood the skeleton of a song, and the skills required to create variations in the melody, background and accompaniment. Students play solo, in duos, trios and quartets; we play jazz, pop, funk, flamenco and blues styles.
We understand how songs can be played in different styles as we learn to modify melody and accompaniment, with the appropriate chord scale relationship.
And we have a lot of fun, as we create on the go. This feels good.
Every 10 weeks a Creative Guitar School Concert
Guitar courses last for 10 weeks. As a result, at the end of the course, we all get together, have a nice lunch and celebrate a two hour Creative Guitar School concert, at a public venue.
At the concert, we have performances of present and past guitar students, on electric, nylon and steel strings guitars. The variety of styles performed , reflect common contemporary urban musical expression as Blues guitar, Jazz guitar, Funk, Rock and Flamenco ( Spanish Urban )
Live showcase of compositions
As part of the guitar course requirements, all students must compose a song. A composition would be similar to an essay in a written language. This essay is proof of understanding, of the topic, the students has learnt.
Not only will you develop, a deeper understanding of the musical knowledge, when you compose, but, you will also learn to explain to others how to play your composition. There fore, all students must learn to use the appropriate language to explain the actions; all students must learn to read and write.
Fun and Practice
This is all great fun, since while you are learning you can hear immediate results of your progress, at our concerts.
But to really enjoy yourself , you are required to practice daily, to develop aural, rhythmic and performance skills, to help you develop further your creativity. These will not come naturally but only through constant practice.
For example: You will not be able to play a song if you cannot hum the melody. If you cannot hum or sing, what you wish to play, you will spend many hours finding your way through the guitar, with the uttermost frustration.
You must sync all movements to a pulse, the beat. Therefore you must practice with this objective, always in mind
Creativity and Well being
At the Creative Guitar School you will learn the underlining skills required to play songs, develop them and be expressive in your task. Creativity is the tool of our expression. The final consequence is that you will feel good about your playing,
Join us at our next Guitar School concert, sign up for a interview and learn more about music yourself and playing with others