‘Setting the standard for peripatetic music tuition’
My aim as a Guitar teacher is to ensure that my students have a complete education in, not only their chosen instrument, but also music as a whole.
I have been teaching guitar full time for 10 years in Wiltshire, I work with 7 primary schools offering Guitar lessons, Ukulele lessons and Pop Choirs. I also provide guitar lessons for all ages out of school hours.
I work closely with the schools to offer help and advise when needed, this has included running song writing workshops, school music days and even recording a school ‘anthem’ with Kings Lodge School for their 25th anniversary.
I have recently launched ‘Ukul-Alien’. This a scheme of work for primary schools aimed at introducing music in a positive way to Y3/Y4 students as a whole class whilst offering CPD for selected members of staff. The program has been used with great effect at Corsham Primary School and Sutton Benger Primary School leaving both schools with a program that they can follow for many years with no annual financial commitment.
I have been involved with music for most of my life and it is very important to me to help form a future for music in schools for young people to be a part of and benefit from long term.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 🙂
What I / we help young people achieve
Along with being a great outlet for children, learning an instrument is a great confidence builder, through my work with my Pop Choirs and Guitar lessons, I have seen many children/young adults grow in confidence. There are many benefits to learning an instrument that go far beyond just playing some tunes. Resilience, perseverance, discipline, the list goes on. I take quite a holistic approach when it comes to music education.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- To learn to sing
- To create / write music and / or lyrics
- To play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To work with and support other young musicians
- To develop their wellbeing
- Term Time
- After School
Working with special needs
I have a lot of experience working with children with Autism and always work closely with the schools SEN teachers. I am also a trained ELSA,(emotional literacy support assistant). Attending the training to become an ELSA was an amazing experience and has helped to confirm just how important positive input is to the children that I work with.
- Guitar & Bass
- Singing / Voice
- Curriculum Music (Primary)
- Music Theory
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
- Arts Award
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
RGT acoustic and electric.
Musical Clusters Covered
- B-on-A / Corsham
- Calne & Melksham
James Essam – Deputy Head Teacher – Corsham Primary School;
Corsham Primary school has been following the Ukul-Alien scheme of work for almost a year now and both the teachers and children have enjoyed it immensely. The teachers have commented that the scheme has meant, that even though they may not play the Ukulele, they have the confidence to have a go and are actually learning to play as they teach. The scheme has a logical structure, starting with the children learning the different parts of the Ukulele, followed by the names of strings, then notes and chords, before learning to put all this knowledge together and actually learn some performance pieces to be played in an assembly. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn the Ukulele and in some classes the majority of the children have actually bought their own and I believe that this is in no small part due to the confidence Ukul-Alien has given the teachers.
Louise Pitman-Jones – Associate Headteacher – Sutton Benger Primary School;
Phil Donovan has enriched our music provision over the last couple of years through his guitar lessons, Rock Choir and now with the Ukul-Alien program. Phil is professional, enthusiastic and is able to motivate and engage the children extremely well.
Hannah Leach – Y4 teacher – Corsham Primary School;
Having weekly Ukulele lessons with Phil over the year with my Year 4 class has been really fantastic. The rapport he built with the children from the start meant that in every session he had the class engaged, motivated and ready to go! Thanks to his passion for music, Phil has not only taught the children how to play the Ukulele but has taught them music theory which they now apply to their playing as well as listening to their own music. This passion has also lead to many of the children buying their own Ukuleles.
My Training & Development
I am always pushing myself as a musician to ensure that I am delivering the best musical education that i can to my students regardless of there needs.