January Sale

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We’re nice people here in Sheffield.  That’s why throughout January I’m offering 10% off guitar lessons here at Little Sheffield Guitar Studio.  For an hour’s lesson, you’ll pay just £18, for a 45 minute lesson, £15, and a 30 minute lesson will cost just £13.50.

“Pft”, you scoff, “10% of twenty quid is only £2 – what can I do with that?”

Well, I’ll tell you: you can get a lovely coffee downstairs at The Harland Cafe.  Or, if you’re in need of a bit of a culinary cuddle, the salted caramel chocolate brownie (yes, thats right – Salted Caramel + Chocolate, in a brownie) is one of the most ridiculously tasty things I’ve eaten.

You can probably get some sort of fun but bewildering camping gadget next door at Go Outdoors (just make sure you’ve got their ‘discount card’ first) or some rare and exotic groceries at the brilliant Ozmen Supermarket on London Road.

It’ll also get you a bus ticket, with change, or if you’re lucky enough to be a student, or young person, your bus both ways.  If, like me, you’ve got a habit of losing your plectrums almost instantly, you could get four or five replacements (my favourites are Jim Dunlop Tortex) from local music shops Wavelength Music, Richtone or Wizard Guitars.

Anyway, you see what I mean.  So, if you’re coming for lessons during January on either a pay-as-you-go basis, or with a block booking, you’ll be getting a little something back each time you come.  See you soon!

Happy New Year…

And best wishes for the new decade!

I’m one of those people that like to see a new year as a fresh start.  It’s also an opportunity to look back over the achievements of the previous year, while looking forward to the coming year, and setting targets to aim towards.

To help pupils reflect on past achievements, and set targets for even more improvement, I’ll be bringing assessment sheets to lessons in January and February, which will give us both an opportunity to discuss what’s gone well, what could go better, and what to aim for in the coming months.  As well as entering my own comments, the forms will include space for pupils to self-assess, and give feedback on what I could do to give more support.

I will also be giving out pupil satisfaction questionnaires in the coming weeks, which I hope you won’t mind completing for me. The form will ask you to rate different areas of the service I offer from appointments, to time keeping, resources – everything.  I ask that you be honest and open, and don’t hold back!  My ability to constantly improve and success as a teacher relies a great deal on your constructive feedback.  After I’ve collated the feedback, I’ll publish an update with findings and details of any changes I plan to make and how I hope to improve.

This year marks my 10 year anniversary of living in Liverpool, and I’m looking forward to another great decade of music making on Merseyside.