Fun, friendly, expert tuition… at the Queensland Conservatorium!

I am thrilled to announce that I am now part of the amazing teaching faculty at the Queensland Conservatorium ‘Young Conservatorium’. I am focussing my energies into developing the wonderful learning opportunities on offer to classical guitarists through this program.

Young Conservatorium typically runs on Saturdays throughout school terms and there are three guitar streams:

YOUNG BEGINNER – a group guitar class for children aged 5-7. It’s an introduction to group playing and a chance for kids to enjoy playing guitar in a group. Children will learn fun ensemble games and easy pieces with a focus on playing together. This class suitable for beginners and children in the first year of learning the guitar. Basic music reading skills are a plus, a willingness to give it a go a must!

GUITAR ENSEMBLE – a guitar ensemble for middle and secondary school students. This provides an out-of-school opportunity to develop musicianship and ensemble skills. Our musicians will learn challenging and exciting repertoire, with a focus on playing together with style and enthusiasm. Players will learn how to lead and to follow, and to become independent, thinking, creating musicians. AMEB grade 3 to 5 expected.

GUITAR LESSONS – personalised, one-to-one classical guitar lessons at ‘The Con’. These lessons are open to all ability levels from beginner to advanced. I work closely with Brisbane’s very own guitar super star, Karin Schaupp. Secondary students might see this as a natural stepping-stone to a tertiary music degree in classical guitar at the Queensland Conservatorium. 

Please check out the online brochure for more information here: https://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/1071655/Young-Con-Brochure-2018.pdf

You can enrol online here: https://youngcon-ecm.secure.griffith.edu.au/

Learning through Young Conservatorium has many advantages, from regular performance opportunities and scope for collaboration with other musicians, to world class facilities, and much more.

All lessons take place at the Queensland Conservatorium, South Bank (near the Brisbane Wheel and ABC).

About me: I have been teaching classical guitar in schools and from home for the past 15 years. I have taught one-on-one lessons, group classes, run ensembles and workshops and performed music education concerts. I have taught children to read music before they could read words, taken students successfully through graded exams (AMEB), guided students into music courses at universities and helped children and adults alike realise their creative potential. I believe that classical guitar is a great way to start one’s musical journey. I come from a point of nurturing and inspiring the person; building a real connection and understanding with the student. The music just flows from there!

My students will learn to:

·         play beautifully, rhythmically and energetically.

·         learn engaging music with refined technique.

·         read music and understand theory.

·         discover chords, strumming patterns and percussive effects.

·         enjoy playing solo, and with me.

·         develop confidence.

'Professional Member' of the Music Teacher's Association of Queensland. Queensland Blue Card holder.

What you get is expert instruction from a seasoned professional.

"Duncan is passionate about teaching classical guitar. He is an extraordinary music educator and a wonderful human being."

"Excellent! Duncan is a passionate, joyful and very experienced guitar teacher. My son Oliver and I always look forward to Wednesday lessons. We enjoy every lesson. I am thrilled with my son's progress. I can only speak very highly of Duncan."