As of 2014 St George Players has been teaching contemporary music theory alongside ensemble performance in order to give students a taste of the skills needed to be able to compose. This has been very successful and the participating students have been very enthusiastic about their new composition skills therefore we are keen to expand on this and offer private lessons in contemporary guitar, voice and song writing from the start of 2015.
We believe that the most effective way to learn to create and shape a melody is through singing it and the easiest way to learn about how chords fit together is through playing them on guitar. While learning to sing and accompany yourself on guitar you will develop a sound understanding of contemporary popular music from the mid-20th century onwards. As your singing and guitar playing develops you will also learn song-writing skills including how to develop lyrics, how to structure a song, developing a catchy chord progression, creating a hook and finding and developing your song’s groove.
I love offering this as it so naturally follows on from the music we already offer. I have two teachers on staff who spend much of their own time composing and performing contemporary music. One regularly has shows in The Basement and I have included a video of his work below. New students to this will not be able to do such complex work as his, but they will have the opportunity to perform their own works thus really testing their success as a composer/ performer to a wide audience.