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Moncrieff Guitar Studio

Guitar Lessons

Guitar lessons are available from age 7 years up. All ages are welcome. Group lesson availability depends on the number of applicants.

The student learns to read music notation and gets a solid theory backing along with the practical lessons. The method followed lays a classical foundation before diversifying into more advanced classical, rock, electric guitar or jazz. Ensembles are encouraged and whenever they do form, ensemble work is taught. Performances are also encouraged.

Books used range from the Progressive Series to classical pieces, rock songs and jazz pieces; and playing by ear. A highly effective method for teaching the groundwork of improvisation has been developed by Iain Moncrieff Rossouw, and has been published as "A Tensional Guitarist".

The Studio gives two studio concerts and several ceilidhs per year to improve our students' performances. We also offer internationally accredited exams via the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, London, or Trinity College London.


Vocal training is available in 1:1 lessons for all ages over 14. The technique is based on opera and musicals. Various styles such as rock and pop are dealt with as well. The student receives a solid foundation in reading music.

Theory of Music

For people playing / singing exams, theory of music is a prerequisite for the higher levels. As a result, the Studio offers Theory of Music as a separate subject, beginning at initial grades and covering all the levels, eventually branching out into either classical or jazz theory, depending on the choice of the student.

It is wise to start taking theory lessons soon after starting practical music, as leaving this too long results in a desperate scramble to catch up on the theory while time is lost during which the student cannot enter the next practical exam.


The next step for the creative young musician:

Students who are interested in writing music, can approach us about lessons in composition and songwriting. Usually some knowledge of theory of music is required.

Arranging & Backing Tracks

A specialisation of composition, arranging and creating backing tracks is aimed at those who are planning to become performing musicians or members of performing bands.

Information: Why Music is Good for You

Many studies have been done on the effects of music on children's development, and on the whole person. The reasons you should allow your child to learn an instrument, are many, ranging from increased IQ, to vastly improved fine motor skills, to an emotional outlet to balance the psyche. Below are a few links to articles (there are countless more).

Why do we need live musicians at all?
First Evidence That Musical Training Affects Brain Development In Young Children
The Effect of Music on Children's Intelligence
The Benefits of Music - A Review