Have you heard the news? Strathmore now has a new home for Guitar Lessons.
Let us Introduce Melbourne Guitar Academy, Strathmore’s newest business and premier School of Guitar. Located in the Woodland Street Shops Melbourne Guitar Academy was originally named ‘The Guitar Suite’ but was re-branded in 2014 after owner and head teacher Michael Gumley completed his Bachelor Degree in Music Performance and decided to commit to being a full time guitar teacher and musician.
Michael grew up in the neighboring suburb of Oak Park and cut his teeth teaching at local schools and music shops whilst studying. He has taught hundreds of students during his 9 years as a music teacher and is very excited by the prospect of opening his first school. “My goal is to bring my passion for music and love for guitar to each and every one of my students” says Michael. “I‘m all about getting to know my students and what they want to be able to do on guitar, then creating a lesson program that will will take them to that place in the shortest amount of time possible, basically we set goals together and we achieve them” A process that works to great effect.
Michael’s unique approach to learning seems like common sense but in the world of music education you would be surprised by how little most teacher’s know about teaching music. Many musicians are great players but fall into teaching for a bit of money on the side, they never invest in how to teach or have had any formal training. This is of course terrible to students learning under them as they are just guinea pigs for aspiring teacher’s or just numbers on a role for teachers who have no emotional investment in their students.
“I’d hate to think how many Mozart’s, Jimi Hendrixes’ and Angus Young’s the world has missed out on because students have been put off lessons by a teacher who has no idea what they are doing or failed to inspire or engage with their student” says Michael in a frustrated tone. Considering over 90% of people who take music lessons as a child have given up on learning an instrument by the age of 13* it appears there is a problem with the traditional learning system.
Fortunately Melbourne Guitar Academy offers a different approach guitar lessons, one that matches students to the right program for them based on their learning style, personality and the goals they want to achieve. Where most teachers and music schools apply a one-sized fits all approach to guitar lessons MGA focuses on each individual students own needs and goals and creating a program that will set them up for success from the beginning.
If you’ve always wanted to learn guitar, have been put off lessons in the past by a bad teacher or are tired of trying to teach yourself and just not getting it, consider visiting Melbourne Guitar Academy for a Free Introductory Lesson.
Call by the shop at 74 Woodlands St, Strathmore or Call Michael on 0405018708 to book now.