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Rob Joass
Hamish Graham

Rob Joass

Rob Joass

Tutor: Rob Joass

I have been a professional musician most of my adult life, and have performed in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and all over NZ. I have released 10 albums, both solo and with various bands, and have been a finalist at the NZ music awards three times. I have also worked as a recording engineer and producer. I love writing songs and am happy to incorporate songwriting into my lessons if that is appropriate.

I try to approach teaching guitar in a way that makes playing fun for my students, rather than another chore. To that end, I will always ask my students about the music that they enjoy and will try to incorporate that into our lessons. My main focus is Contemporary music from the 50’s to now, but I will usually incorporate other styles including classical, jazz, folk, country, etc., as we go on. If a student is interested in graded exams, I use and recommend the Trinity/Guildhall series, and I also have a very successful record of preparing students for NCEA performance.

I have been teaching at Scots for nearly 20 years now, as well as 25 years at Wellesley College, and 6 at Queen Margaret’s. I also teach privately at my boat shed on Porirua Harbour.

If a student is interested in graded exams, I use and recommend the Trinity/Guilldhall series.

Genre

Contemporary, Rock/Pop

Offer external exam prep?

Yes

Teach notation reading?

TAB only, but music notation will be introduced and explained.

Your teaching day/s

During school hours
Tuesday and Thursday

After School
Thursday

Which year levels do you teach?

Junior (5-6), Middle (7-10), Senior (11-13)

Contact

0274 500615
robjoass@gmail.com

Hamish Graham

Hamish Graham

Tutor: Hamish Graham

Qualifications

B.Mus (Victoria University)

Many, many years of playing and performing here and abroad. I have taught for the last 8 years (3 at Scots).

Teaching Approach

No two students are the same, so I like to have a range of options for when I am teaching. For example, I will ask what the student likes to listen to and where possible, and I will try to incorporate it into the learning while also exposing them to other styles. From classical to metal, to old and new, solo or ensemble, there is valuable learning to be had. Also, some like to sight read more than others, and while I do teach and encourage the written language of music (which is all sight reading is), particularly for my bass students, on guitar I don’t insist on it. Some like to sing and strum, some like to pick out melodies.

Ultimately, the enjoyment of the instrument, the music produced, and the process involved in making it is a big part of what I want the student to experience and what makes it worthwhile for them.

Genre:

Contemporary, Rock/Pop, Aspects of Musical Theatre and Jazz

Offer external exam prep?

Yes

Teach notation reading?

Yes and TAB

Your teaching day/s:

During School hours: Mondays, Tuesdays
After School: Mondays

Which year levels do you teach?

Junior (2-6), Middle (7-10), Senior (11-13)

Contact

021 131 4467
hamish_graham@yahoo.com