I have over twenty-five years teaching experience at University, Conservatory level, as well as private lessons at all levels. As a passionate and learned teacher, I successfully combine high standards, proven professionalism and a passion for teaching and learning. I have taught internationally in both the UK and the USA and hold advanced degrees from Yale (Doctorate) and Stonybrook (Masters).
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I have been a student of Peter's for a total of seven years spread over twenty-five years, first of the classical guitar and latterly of the baroque lute. I can recommend Peter unreservedly as an exceptional teacher with a rare breadth of experience of the guitar in all its genres combined with an equally rare equivalent breadth of musicianship and scholarship. Peter has many talents as a teacher of which for me the most important is that he wants you to succeed. From that grows confidence and ambition. He then backs that up with an acute ability to identify and analyse technical problems and how to deal with them. Peter's teaching practice, therefore moves on a broad front where the inevitable technical challenges involved in playing the guitar are combined with musical insight and encouragement into what is to be gained by overcoming them. This combination of technical analysis with musical sensibility I found inspiring and it propelled me to levels in guitar playing, which I would never have dared to attempt otherwise. For any guitarist at any level, the benefits of a good teacher are tremendous; it is all too easy, as I know myself, to reach a plateau where you can kind of play lots of things but nothing really well. Either that or lacking guidance, fall into bad habits which practice simply reinforces and which are then very difficult to correct. Or, the classic, sometimes you can play a piece well but other times not and each time you start the piece you have no idea whether it will be one or the other or why it is that you have no real control of the performance. Peter has the ability to sort these kinds of problems out and he sorts them out creatively and constructively in a way which always seeks to find the good in what you're doing by turning what were stumbling blocks into positive additions to your experience as a player. My experience of taking lessons with Peter was of a shrewd investment which fundamentally improved my playing. That was my experience and I think it highly likely that it will be yours as well. Real talent as a teacher is something not given to everyone but it has been given to Peter. For any player therefore wishing to benefit from the many advantages that good teaching can bring to them I would have no hesitation in beating a path to his door.
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