My hours of business are:
Mondays - 1.00pm - 9.00pm.
Tuesdays - 1.00pm - 9.00pm.
Wednesdays - 9.30am - 9.00pm.
Saturdays - 9.30am - 1.00pm.
Sundays - 5.00pm - 9.00pm.
It is important that students are able to commit to a regular weekly or fortnightly slot for lessons There is occasionally some flexibility with daytime appointments but my evenings tend to be more heavily booked, with less scope to accommodate changes.
I offer tuition in playing both electric and acoustic guitar and also bass guitar. My repertoire covers most contemporary styles, particularly rock, pop and blues. I also teach music theory, composition and songwriting and have recording facilities.
I have been teaching professionally for more than fifteen years and am a member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors.
My qualifications include a BTEC National Diploma in Music Practice, and a Nationwide Music Examinations Diploma (Hons.) in electric guitar playing. I hold an Enhanced DBS child barring certificate (formerly known as a CRB check) and have undertaken training in safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults.
I teach both adults and young people, although I prefer not to take on children until they are around 10 years of age.
When teaching younger students I ask parents to remain present during lessons. This ensures that they know exactly what has been taught, and is also desirable from a safeguarding point of view.
Lessons are given on a 1 - 1 basis. I do not teach more than one person at a time.
Lessons take place in a dedicated music room, which is comfortable and well equipped. You will need to bring your own instrument, but amplification and guitar leads are provided.
As well as basing lessons upon each individual's preferred style of music, I use and recommend the books published by Rockschool, the Registry of Guitar Tutors and by Trinity College, London. Whether students wish to take grades or not, this ensures a structured pathway to learning and builds an awareness of the many different facets to playing contemporary guitar. The books are not expensive and advice about which to buy is given according to whether the student plays acoustic or electric guitar. Students have the option to take their grades with either Rockschool, the RGT or with Nationwide Music Examinations.
Other tuitional material may be provided in the form of pdf documents or mp3 audio files. Both formats are compatible with iMac or PC. You will need a USB memory stick on which to store your music.
It is important that your guitar is correctly set-up, both for playability and so that it sounds as it should. If desired I can undertake an assessment of your guitar and carry out any basic adjustments which may be required. If your guitar has any serious issues which I am unable to resolve I can refer you to a local luthier (guitar builder and repairer).
Terms & Conditions
Lessons are competitively priced £13.50 per half hour or £25.00 per hour.
I prefer lessons to be pre-booked and pre-paid in blocks of four. Pre-paid lessons are subject to a small discount:
A block of four half-hour lessons costs £50.00 (saving £4.00).
A block of four one hour lessons costs £95.00 (saving £5.00).
My preferred method of payment is via bank transfer. I can also accept cheques (payable to 'Mark Leathwood'), or cash. Sorry, I do not have the facility to accept card payments.
Lessons missed without 24 hours notice of cancellation will be charged for.
In the event that you need to re-arrange a lesson a minimum of 24 hours notice must be given. I will do my best to offer an alternative appointment during the same week. If this isn’t possible you may carry your pre-paid lesson over to the usual time and day in the following week.
I reserve the right to re-allocate lesson times to new students in circumstances where frequent cancellations occur, lessons are missed without notice or payments are not made when due.
Please park with consideration for my neighbours. There is always ample room to park on the opposite side of St. Georges Road where there are no houses
I will be happy to provide you with more details about the tuition I offer. Please use my contact form. I prefer not to take telephone calls as these invariably interrupt lessons and take time away from my students.