Marcus has been playing guitar for over 15 years performing in the studio, and with a variety of bands, from small pub gigs to full sized festival stages!
His qualifications include:
- BA (hons) degree in Music/Popular Music.
- Teaching Certificate – City & Guilds PTLLS (Level 3).
- Advanced Certificate in Guitar from the Academy of Contemporary Music school (A.C.M).
- Grade 8 Guitar (Rockschool Trinity).
- Over 7 years of teaching experience including college classes, adult education, one on one lessons and group workshops.
Marcus is a member of professional organisations including the Musicians Union and the Registry of Guitar Tutors. These groups provide training and professional development to musicians and music teachers so that they can continue to improve and provide a high quality service.
Marcus recommends syllabus from Rockschool and RGT. He teaches from introductory level right up to grade 8 on guitar, and beginner to intermediate levels (grade 4/5) on Bass. The challenge of working through the grade books and gaining the certificates is rewarding in itself. Exam grades are especially useful for students studying for GCSE’s, A-Levels and similar qualifications and can count towards UCAS points for those looking at courses in higher education.
Players that get overly nervous in exam settings will enjoy the new “Performance Award Certificates” from RGT. They are an excellent way to chart your progress on guitar. You can now have your playing professionally assessed and receive independent feedback from an experienced examiner without actually having to attend an exam (please note that these certificates do not carry any qualifications like exam grades, but are still an excellent way to mark your achievement on your instrument).
Whether you are a serious musician looking to take your playing to the next level, or you are just starting out, lessons are designed to be fun, inspiring, and to run at your own pace. Marcus has a wealth of complimentary lesson material to help students achieve their goals. Each lesson will be geared towards learning key skills and playing techniques which are focused on the student learning his/her favorite songs and styles of guitar playing, and the skills and knowledge to achieve your goals.
With a well equipped studio and friendly service, Marcus offers professional music tuition to individuals. The service is designed to be rewarding and fun, helping students to realise their creative potential. You will find Marcus’ teaching studio located within 1 mile from Southampton city Marcus has a wealth of teaching materials and recording facilities to help you develop your creativity.
Whether you want to learn for fun, or you are a serious musician looking to take your playing to the next level we design & plan a lesson programme to help you reach your goals. Lessons are structured to guarantee your best possible progress.
“Marcus planned his lessons around my ability and what I wanted to learn. I’ve been playing the guitar for many years without tuition and wanted to learn more about the blues and begin the journey of understanding more about music theory. I’m still playing with the interesting insights and ideas that Marcus taught me. I found his tuition to be very valuable and good fun. Jolly nice chap too.”
October 19, 2012, Steve was Marcus’s client.
“Marcus has great experience and knowledge in not only teaching the guitar but also playing in bands and writing his own music. He personally took me from being a beginner to an intermediate player and expanded my knowledge of the fret board, techniques and music theory. With Marcus’s help I am now able to read TAB and also learn songs from DVD’s applying his techniques that he had taught me. Marcus will teach you to your individual needs or to a set curriculum and is extremely patient throughout the process.”
October 18, 2012, Martin was Marcus’s client
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**Guitar is taught up to grade 8 (advanced) level. Bass is taught up to grade 5 (intermediate) level.