We go where ‘instant courses’ can’t and build a foundation that will benefit you in the future. All education is a two-way process, and learning an instrument seems particularly so. Good communication between teacher and student produces good results. This is where I believe my strength lies.
But be prepared. Anybody with a passion to learn an instrument will experience frustration at times with the whole process – but then you get enormous satisfaction and pride when you succeed for yourself and eventually from entertaining other people.
I’m Robert Gerrard – an all-round musician teaching and performing professionally. I teach piano and guitar privately in my own teaching and recording studio and at the Avalon Music School.
I’ve been learning since I was six (you never stop) and have studied piano, guitar, church organ, composition, music production, arranging and recording techniques, trumpet and vocal techniques.
I teach because I enjoy passing on my knowledge and experience to people who are keen to learn.
For many years I thought I wouldn’t have the patience to work with young beginners (even my own!), but being at the Avalon Music School has surprised me with the fact that I am very patient and can get them to progress pretty quickly. In fact, after half a dozen lessons, many of my younger students have overtaken my 8-year-old after two years with another teacher. I’m now teaching her myself.
My Minster-in-Sheppey studio is an informal teaching space filled with instruments and music paraphernalia, allowing you the freedom to express your musical abilities as easily as possible.