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Ukulele & Guitar

Ukulele & Guitar

Beginner Ukulele

Age/Level: Year 2 (Age 6/7) - Year 5 (Age 9/10) Time: 9:45am - 10:15am Taught By:

The first of four fantastic ukulele groups, this one is for beginners who learn to play and love to sing together! Students then progress to Ukulele 1, moving up through the ukulele pathway, often simultaneously with guitar or vocal lessons, and onto Rock n' Pop, Jazz bands or classical guitar ensembles.

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Ukulele 1

Age/Level: Year 2 (Age 6/7) - Year 5 (Age 9/10) Time: 10:15am - 10:45am Taught By:

The ukulele group is for children that have played ukulele for several terms. If your child wishes to join this group (to be with friends or students of a similar age) but has not played ukulele before, we can book in some "booster sessions" with our ukulele tutor, to help them to the correct standard.

You get to learn all the key chords through songs that everyone will know, as well as learn to sing at the same time.

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Ukulele 2

Age/Level: Year 4 (Age 8/9) - Year 7 (Age 11/12) Time: 9:15am - 9:45am Taught By:

The advanced group is for children that have been learning ukulele for a while and are confident at changing between chords.

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We can arrange "booster sessions" if your child needs some help getting to the correct level for their age group. Please enquire about this option when you contact us.

Ukulele 3

Age/Level: Year 4 (Age 8/9) - Year 7 (Age 11-12) Time: 11:00am - 11:30am Taught By:

The advanced group is for children that have been learning ukulele for a while and are confident at changing between chords or have completed Ukulele 2.

We can arrange "booster sessions" if your child needs some help getting to the correct level for their age group. Please enquire about this option when you contact us.

Advanced Ukulele

Age/Level: Year 7+ (Age 12/13 +) Time: 11:30am - 12:00pm Taught By:

This group is for advanced ukulele players of secondary school age. Students should be able to switch between chords confidently whilst singing.

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Junior Guitar Ensemble

Age/Level: Grade 1-3 Time: 11:30am - 12:00pm Taught By: Steven Edwards

An intermediate classical guitar group for students who have passed grade 1. This ensemble explores repertoire in two and three-part harmony.

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Advanced Classical Guitars

Age/Level: Grade 4-8 Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm Taught By: Nikos Baroutsakis

An advanced group for nylon classical guitar players with the ability to sight read music in first and second position. The aim of the group is to play pieces where the melody and its development is alternated among the performers.

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Rock n Pop 1

Age/Level: Grade 1+ Time: 9:15am - 10:00am Taught By: Martin Ellins

Suitable for young electric guitarists, bassists and drummers playing blues, rock and pop covers with a focus on developing band skills. Students are required to have knowledge of a few basic chords.

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Rock n Pop 2

Age/Level: Grade 3+ Time: 10:00am - 10:45am Taught By: Martin Ellins

Suitable for intermediate electric guitarists, bassists playing blues, rock and pop. Soloing skills are developed alongside band coaching. Singers and drummers by invitation only.

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Steven Edwards

Steven Edwards

Steven Edwards

Steven has several decades of experience teaching guitar in primary, secondary and adult education, inspiring confidence and enabling students to find shortcuts in their learning. He played in several ensembles ranging from Musicworks Big-Band, jazz duos and trios including with Don Paterson and Loz Speyer, to Nigerian Afro funk band Juwon, and Brazilian dance ensemble Yes Brasil.

He teaches a range of guitar styles, from classical to jazz, rock and pop, with a particular interest in composition and improvisation. Steven is happy to start wherever the student is at in their musical journey - at the start or somewhere along the way, and will incorporate elements from his own self-learning (beginning for him as a teenager using knitting needles for drumsticks on the sofa!).

He has attended numerous courses and workshops including, Guitar at Goldsmiths, Composition for Big-Band at Morley College and City Lit, Composition and Synchronisation for Film and Video at Westminster Adult Education, and Percussion with Irakere at Musicworks. He has attended guitar workshops with Frank Gambale, Stanley Jordan, John Scofield and Allan Holdsworth, and had one-to-one lessons from musicians such as Vajahat Khan and Wayne Krantz.

He also received mentoring and tuition from friend and teacher Amancio D’Silva (Amancio D'Silva/Joe Harriott Quartet, Krishnamurti School).

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Nikos Baroutsakis

Nikos Baroutsakis

Nikos Baroutsakis

Guitarist Nikos Baroutsakis is an Artist Diploma in Performance graduate from the Royal College of Music, London. He studied with Gary Ryan and Charles Ramirez and was an RCM Award Holder supported by a Soiree d’Or Award, provided by the Ladies of the Soiree d’Or Committee. His work includes performances as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles, as well as arrangements of compositions for the guitar. He has appeared in concerts in Belgium, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK. 

Born in Athens in 1989, Nikos began his formal studies on the guitar as a teenager with Dimitris Pappas, with whom he obtained his Soloist Diploma in 2011. His participation in the 2010 Volterra Project Summer Guitar Institute in Tuscany, Italy, introduced him to Antigoni Goni and motivated him to continue his studies under her guidance at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels from 2011 to 2015. Nikos also studied historical music on Baroque and Romantic guitars with Dirk de Hertogh, and Contemporary music with Bart Boukaert. During that four year period he obtained a Bachelors and Masters Degree (Distinction) of Arts in Music.

Nikos has participated in masterclasses with highly acclaimed guitarists such as: Sergio Assad, Dusan Bogdanovic, Zoran Dukic, Elliot Fisk, Rene Izquierdo, Timo Korhonen, Elena Papandreou, Konrad Ragosnig, Raphaella Smits and Gohar Vardanyan.

In the summer of 2015 he participated once more in the Volterra Project thanks to a scholarship provided by the Institute for Culture and Education in Brussels and was active as an assistant to the organisation during the 2016 edition where he also performed in the concert series. 

Nikos is interested in extending the classical guitar repertoire through transcriptions of works for other instruments. His arrangement for two guitars of the orchestral work The Light by Phillip Glass was premiered in Brussels in 2015 and received great critical acclaim. 

Nikos plays a guitar by Antonio Marin Montero (Granada, Spain).


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Martin Ellins

Martin Ellins

Martin Ellins

Martin has had a wide and varied playing and teaching career spanning 20 years. His playing ranges in style from classical to rock though blues and jazz. Martin studied at the London College of Music, achieving an ALCM and LLCM. Since then his playing has taken him to the Greenwich, Cheltenham and Saddleworth Festivals.

Martin has also played on BBC Radio, Shanghai Television, the Amsterdam Hilton and for various West End shows. He has also been involved in producing tapes for education.

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