As a child I studied classical guitar and followed the Trinity exam syllabus working towards Grade 5. At the age of 14 I fell in love with acoustic guitar / electric guitar and had the pleasure of honing my craft playing in various bands. For the last 12 years I have been employed with Wiltshire Music Service and have had a wealth of teaching experience both privately and in local schools.
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What I / we help young people achieve
I believe people learn best and are more highly motivated when they play the music that they love.
Who has influenced you? Ed Sheeran, The Beatles, Arctic Monkeys, Ben Howard, Passenger, ACDC? Any of these artists and many more can be used to teach you what you need to become a great guitarist. Lessons are:
* Tailored to your tastes and learning style
* Build for you a repertoire of songs you love to play along with
* Give advice in planning your practice sessions so you stay motivated and have fun!
* Enter for Rockschool examinations (UCAS points can be earned for higher grades)
For junior school aged pupils:
There are so many different styles in which the guitar can be played. A good place to start will be discovering basic classical/folk style guitar technique incorporating well known TV and movie themes. During the first few weeks of term we will focus on basic technique and learning to listen and playing without using a book. I provide song sheets using Guitar TAB – a straightforward method used by 1000's of guitarists. It works by using six horizontal lines that represent the six strings on the guitar. The top line is the thinnest string (first) and the lowest line represents the thickest (sixth) string. The numbers that are placed on the lines tell you what fret to play a note. I've found that children pick this up far more easily then going straight into reading music. It really gives them time to get some solid techniques in place first. During the latter part of the first term we will begin to read music notation together for which a book will need to be purchased. I recommend Guitar Basics by John Longworth/Nick Walker. As pupils progress they can take part in regular school concerts and if they choose, work towards Classical Guitar or Rockschool examinations*
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- To create / write music and / or lyrics
- Term Time
- After School
- Guitar & Bass
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
Musical Clusters Covered
- Salisbury / Wilton
“Theresa Murrell is both an incredibly motivated and motivating guitar teacher. What shines through is that she loves what she does. And she communicates this love of music by encouraging children in whatever style of playing they most enjoy, at the rate of progress appropriate to them. She taught my child in in-school lessons throughout key stage two. Mrs Murrell was encouraging, caring and supportive. And I very much hope that the level of fun and excitement from guitar playing that she has fostered will continue into secondary school and beyond.
Without a car we would have really struggled to access private teachers outside school. Schools that can make music lessons more accessible to a wider audience in this way are definitely boosting opportunities for their students.” Alison Bailey -School Governor
“My daughter Josie was lucky enough to have guitar lessons with Mrs Theresa Murrell for 4 years at St Mark’s Junior School. She started aged 7 as a complete beginner and by the time she left aged 11, she was confidently performing in public. My daughter was highly motivated by Mrs Murrell’s excellent teaching and always looked forward to her lessons. It became clear early on, that Josie’s interest was in rock guitar rather than the classical style and Mrs Murrell supported her by tailor making the lessons to suit and putting her forward for The Rockschool grade exams in which she achieved a Grade 2 with Merit. Mrs Murrell was always available to me as a parent for help and advice. Despite being new to the world of guitars I was able to choose the right guitar for Josie’s needs and even re-string one myself with her guidance. I have no hesitation in recommending Mrs Murrell as an outstanding guitar teacher.” Norma Hallet – Parent Support Advisor at local junior school
“We would thoroughly recommend Theresa as a guitar teacher. Our daughter really looks forward to and enjoys her lessons each week and it has been lovely to hear her grow in musical ability. As well as our daughter developing her technique, Theresa has played a significant role in building her confidence and as a result she now plays in a band regularly. We are very thankful for all Theresa’s input and teaching” Clare Evans – mother to Bethia aged 14
My son has been learning guitar with Theresa for approximately 5 years and thoroughly enjoys every lesson. As a teacher Theresa is friendly, patient and helps you get the most out of playing guitar. The lessons are tailored to his specific pace of learning with a variety of pieces making them enjoyable and engaging. I would strongly recommend Theresa to anyone – Kirsty Ryan – mother to Jack aged 15
“Mrs Murrell has taught my son for six years, since he was in Y3. She gave him a fabulous start and I feel has encouraged and supported him ever since. She is keen for pupils to play the music they enjoy as well as introducing them to a variety of music that they are less familiar with. Her kind, friendly and fun approach has worked brilliantly for my son who doesn’t thrive under pressure. He enjoys his lessons (although not practicing!!)
I also know of Mrs Murrell through school as she teaches at St Mark’s. She is very popular amongst her pupils and parents alike. Her pupils have played in school assemblies and taken part in talent shows. They are confident and accomplished!” –
Nicky Phillips – Deputy Head and mother to Dylan aged 12