Charlie thought that it would be a long process learning the guitar – something that would take a long time to grasp. Now he says that he has the knowledge to go away, read a piece of music and be able to play it. It wasn’t too long before he could play set pieces, which has encouraged him to practise more and therefore improve considerably. Charlie can now read tab and play fluently and has knowledge of musical terminology he didn’t have before. Weekly practice emails help reinforce what Charlie has covered in the lesson and as a parent the emails also update me on Charlie’s progress. I can obviously hear him play and notice the improvement but it’s nice to get teacher feedback as children do not always say what they have been learning or what stage they are at.
Charlie says that Vicki is a nice person who’s patient and always explains things well. He likes the fact that she shows an interest in his musical interests so he is learning to play what he likes. Charlie is beginning to feel a great deal more confident in his playing and now wants to attend jam sessions, which I have previously tried to encourage him to go to but he didn’t feel comfortable with. As a range of ages attend these sessions he felt a bit out of his depth but now with Vicki’s help and encouragement he is keen to go along more often. In fact his confidence has grown so immensely that he is considering getting together with other kids at school to form a band!