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About Kate G
Kate is an experienced performer and composer, recently graduating with first class BMus degree from the University of Sheffield. She regularly performs on the UK folk and world music scene and in 2017 was shortlisted for a BBC Young Folk Award nomination. Originally trained in classical piano, she has also performed in jazz and pop ensembles since a young age. Through performing and teaching she has worked with musicians from folk, jazz, Indian, and classical, and with students of all ages.
Kate's diverse musical experiences stemmed from teachers who allowed her individual creativity to flourish, and believed that learning an instrument is a very personal adventure with no right or wrong outcome. Inspired by this approach she is dedicated to providing students with the tools and guidance they need to fulfill their own creative ambitions.
Teaching in Piano
Piano tuition in classical, jazz and pop from beginner to advanced levels and all ages. The first half of the lesson will focus on practical techniques, basic theory, and set pieces or tasks that you have been working on. Resources may be handmade or from a course if taking grades for example. The second half will be directed by your own interest - this may be learning a new song by your favourite artist, working on your own compositions or practicing improvisation techniques.
Over the course of multiple lessons students can work towards goals decided by your interest, for example completing grade 1, finishing a composition or building a repertoire of tunes. The importance of general musicianship skills such as confidence in your playing and expression will be subtly applied to everything insuring you grow as a musician.
Teaching in Guitar
Acoustic guitar lessons in pop and folk music, all ages, beginner to intermediate. Lessons will cover basic techniques and theory with either a more classical or pop emphasis depending on your interest. Alongside working through exercises, students are encouraged to suggest pieces they would like to learn and are either provided with an arrangement or can work on one of their own. When learning a tune the focus will be on both the melody and accompaniment, developing precision for both notes and rhythm. When working on either, students will be encouraged to play together with Kate to help grow skills such as timing, communication and confidence.
Kate is able to offer beginner classical guitar lessons but not graded exams due to her experience as a folk/pop guitarist.
Teaching in 5-string Banjo
Kate specialises in clawhammer (or frailing) banjo teaching beginner to advanced students, having studied with top banjo player in the country Dan Walsh.
Clawhammer is a very rhythmic and somewhat simpler style than finger picking and more versatile than you may think! For beginners we will learn the basic stroke, quickly enabling you to play the vast repertoire of tunes and accompany songs if you wish. For more advanced players we can study advanced techniques such as drop thumbing, playing high up the neck and melodic clawhammer style. Become a pioneer in clawhammer style! And learn folk music from various cultures; pop, jazz or even classical music.
Kate specialises in UK and American folk music but is an equally as confident classical and pop musician. She also has experience in jazz and Indian classical.
An important part of the first lesson is chatting about your experiences and interests, what you’re looking to get out of learning an instrument, how you’d like to improve, and also how you best like to learn, using scores or by ear for example. With young children Kate may begin by trading quick questions about general interests to help students feel comfortable. If students already have some experience, Kate will encourage you to get playing soon as you feel comfortable, maybe something you’ve been working on or a piece you feel confident at.
Beginning students do not need to prepare anything for their first lesson, just bring their instruments along. The lesson will start by chatting about interests and then start from the very beginning, how to hold the instrument and make a sound. As soon as students feel comfortable, they can learn a very simple tune by ear to help them start enjoying playing as soon as possible!