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Guitar Courses at the London Music School

Here at the LMS we run a variety of unique and challenging guitar tuition courses, from our one year BTEC National Award in Music Performance, to our own LMS Performance and Production Courses. We also offer a variety of part-time guitar courses, and an intensive two-week Summer Course.

Our full time guitar courses 2017 begin every year in April and October, with new part time courses starting each January, April, July and October. Enrolment is now open for our full time Diploma Courses commencing in April and October 2017. All of our courses are unique and flexible, placing emphasis on what each individual student needs in order to develop their technical ability and practical experience as a musician. We always place emphasis on the need to perform and our students gain varied experience in solo performance, session playing, accompaniment skills and playing in a band.

Experience

Directed by experienced guitarist Kevin Keating, our courses aim to take students on a rewarding journey through contemporary music education as they develop their skill and confidence with their instrument. Kevin’s years of experience in the business coupled with his skilful mastery of diverse styles of playing – Rock, Classical, Blues, Soul, Jazz, Flamenco etc – mean that students get the chance not only to focus on their preferred genre but also to vastly broaden their musical range. Our courses place emphasis on the need to perform and students will gain experience in live performance, session playing and playing as part of a band.

Course Subjects

All of our full time guitar courses cover the key areas of technical skill associated with playing the guitar, such as use of the fingerboard and the application of various playing techniques. The London Music School offers unrivalled one-to-one tuition, harmony and theory classes, and song-writing and sight-reading lessons. Full time courses include frequent participation in group workshops, rhythm workshops and recording sessions, giving students the opportunity to widen their experience in live performance and recording settings, working with other musicians and accompanying vocalists.

 


 

Full Time BTEC Level Three Diploma in Music (Performing)

BTEC Level Three Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performing)

BTEC courses and certificates are recognized throughout the world. At the London Music School we teach BTEC National Level 3, a course recognised within the national university system that focuses on live ensemble and solo performance, instrumental/vocal technique, developing and planning a music project, musicianship and organising gigs, aural perception and improvisation. The course lasts for one year and commences in October. It is comprised of six core modules, along with a number of extra classes designed by the School.

In contrast to BTEC courses in other schools, the London Music School has added to the course its own unique range of lessons and extras. BTEC students receive one-to-one classes every week, as we feel individual tuition is essential in ensuring students fulfill their potential on their instrument. We also teach harmony and theory and sight-reading as additions to the BTEC standard curriculum, as we feel they are crucial in allowing our students to develop as musicians. As students of the London Music School, BTEC participants also gain access to the use of our school facilities and professional recording studios at no extra cost, and have the opportunity to perform in a live gig every month.

Core Modules

1. Music Performance Techniques
2. Music Project
3.  Planning a Music Project
4. Aural Perception Skills
5. Improvising Music
6. Working and Developing as a Music ensemble

Plus

1. One-to-one class every week
2. Harmony and theory classes
3. Sight reading
4. Song-writing
5. Live gig every month
6. Live performance every week
7. Group workshops

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performance) provides students with the skills necessary to become working and performing musicians. Covering aspects such as live performance, improvisation and recording, through to skills such as organizing gigs, working with other musicians and vocalists, and designing your image and website, the course provides a broad and practical education for future musicians.

Entry Requirements

Acceptance on this course is subject to an initial assessment or audition. As a guideline, you should be around grade three in your instrument and in your knowledge of harmony and theory. Auditions can be held at the school, or can be sent as a CD, music file or video to the school office. Course requirements are guidelines only; you will be assessed on your musicality and ability to complete the course.

If you would like a more comprehensive breakdown of the course please request a brochure on the contact page or call admissions.

Course Start Dates

BTEC Level Three Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performing): Monday 16th October 2017

Full Time LMS Diploma Guitar Course (six-month/one-year)

The London Music School offers six-month or one-year full time courses which award the LMS Diploma in Music Performance and Production. Enrolment is currently open for our LMS Diploma Courses starting in April and October 2017. LMS courses are distinctive for their breadth and scope, and are designed to increase your creative, technical and theoretical knowledge while supporting you in the development of an original body of work. LMS Diplomas explore the diverse ways in which music has evolved over the course of the last half-century, while providing a broad and practical education in instrumental technique, theory, composition and music production. They are designed to equip students with the necessary skills and experience to develop a successful career in the music industry or to pursue further study. Our courses are both intense and comprehensive, and differ from qualifications offered by other schools on a number of fundamental issues. Most importantly, we offer a higher number of one-to-one teaching hours, and include Harmony and Theory to a greater extent than any other school does. We cover a variety of essential fields, from playing technique, composition and sight-reading, to live performance and studio recording. Students learn how to apply a range of technical and creative skills within the performance context and across new technologies. The course considers an extremely wide range of music education including: instrument technique and performance, sight-reading and ear-training, contemporary genres and styles, songwriting, improvisation, arranging, choir and ensemble, playing in a band and session work, sound engineering and audio technology, and covers all 8 Harmony and Theory grades. We aim to develop your theoretical knowledge and practical experience in a creative and supportive environment.

Below is a breakdown of what is covered every week on the LMS Full Time Course

  • One one-to-one instrument class
  • Two group instrument workshops
  • Two ensemble/band workshops
  • Two rhythm workshops
  • One improvisation class
  • Two performances
  • One songwriting class
  • One basic audio engineering class (using Pro Tools, digital and analogue)
  • One harmony and theory class
  • One sight reading class
  • One arranging class (second half of the course only)
  • One computer class focused on composition and songwriting (using Cubase and Reason software)
  • One live performance every month at a London venue

Unlike other schools our premises, including our professional recording studios, are open to students after hours, from 8 am to 11pm, at no extra cost. The opportunity to practice, rehearse with a band, and even to record provides our students with great experience. Many are able to develop a body of work and finish the course with professional quality recordings made in commercial studios.

Guitar Subjects Covered

Technique

Scales

Modes

Soloing

Chord progressions

Transposition

Reading

Backing singers

Performance

Recording

Harmony and theory

Acoustic, Spanish guitar, and Electric

Amps

Session playing

Live performance

And much more…

If you would like a more comprehensive breakdown of the course please request a brochure on the contact page or call admissions.

Entry Requirements

LMS Diploma courses are based one-to-one tuition and performance practice and so have no general entry requirements. The course is tailored to each individual student’s ability, so whether you are a beginner or advanced student our professional and experienced teachers will take you from your level upwards.

Course Start Dates

LMS Diploma in Music Performance and Production (six month): Monday 24th April 2017 & Monday 16th October 2017

LMS Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production (one year): Monday 24th April 2017 & Monday 16th October 2017

Intense Full Time 2 Days a Week Course

London Music School’s Intense Full Time 2 Days a Week Course

Our Intense 2 Days a Week Music Performance Courses are designed for the student who either work or because of other commitments isn’t able to give up five days a week for education. The courses differ from our normal courses as they are subject specific, i.e. vocalists will be here for two full days a week (10am-6.30pm) just studying vocals and guitarists just guitar etc.  You will be working with all the other students and playing together as a band. You will still have full access to the school outside school hours and on the weekends. You can also bolt on some other subjects on other days, time permitting. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to participate in the school’s monthly gigs held at external London venues. 

 

Below is a breakdown of what is covered every week on the course

  • One one-to-one instrument class
  • Two group instrument workshops
  • Two ensemble/band workshops
  • Two rhythm workshops
  • One improvisation class
  • Two performances
  • One live performance every month at a London venue

 

Guitar Subjects Covered

Technique

Scales

Modes

Soloing

Chord progressions

Transposition

Reading

Backing singers

Performance

Recording

Harmony and theory

Acoustic, Spanish guitar, and Electric

Amps

Session playing

Live performance

And much more…

 

If you would like a more comprehensive breakdown of the course please request a brochure on the contact page or call admissions.

 

Entry Requirements

Our Intense Full Time 2 Days a Week Courses have no formal entry requirements. The course is tailored to each individual student’s ability, so whether you are a beginner or advanced student our professional and experienced teachers will take you from your level upwards.

 

Course intake 2017 

The Intense 2 Days a Week Course is available as either a three-month course or a six-month course starting in January, April, July and October every year.

 

Part Time Evening Guitar Course

Part Time Evening Guitar Course

Our Part Time Guitar Performance Course is a ten week course that takes place on weeknight evenings from 7 – 9 pm. Each group will have once class per week on a Monday or Wednesday evening. The courses are suitable for beginners, intermediate guitarists, and those who just want to get back in to playing their instrument. The course covers chord progression, scales, modes, improvisation, basic reading, and playing with other guitarists. Groups are kept small, usually 3 to 4 students, so as to ensure each individual receives adequate attention. The course is held at our premises underneath the Hackney Empire on Mare Street, and all part time students are encouraged to play at our monthly live gig at an outside venue. The gig is a great opportunity for students to build on their confidence and live performance experience alongside full time students and LMS graduates.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for our Part Time Courses but you will need to inform the school of your experience so you can be assigned to the appropriate group.

If you would like a more comprehensive breakdown of the course please request a brochure on the contact page or call admissions.

Course Start Dates

Every year we start new part time courses in January, April, July and October.

London Music School's Guitar Summer Course

The London Music School Summer Course is one of our most popular courses, combining intensive teaching with lots of fun.The two-week course is packed with group guitar classes and workshops with other instrumentalists covering key aspects of your instrumental and performance technique. Our Summer Course also offers students two performances a week, two recording sessions, seminars by well-known musicians, and concludes with a live gig at a London venue.

Summer Course Main Classes

  • Four group instrument workshops
  • Five band/ensemble workshops
  • Two performances each week
  • Songwriting classes
  • Musicianship workshops
  • Studio & audio production classes
  • Three seminars by well known musicians
  • Rehearsal and practice time
  • Two recording sessions
  • One live gig in London

The School is also open to students after hours until 11 pm. Summer School students gain access to the use of the recording studios, performance rooms and practice rooms for band rehearsals, individual practice and recording sessions.

Guitar Subjects Covered

Technique

Style

Chord progressions

Scales

Modes

Acoustic, electric and Spanish guitar

Soloing

Modes

Timing

Feel

Recording

Live Performance

And much more…..

If you would like a more comprehensive breakdown of the course please request a brochure on the contact page or call admissions.

Course Dates 2017

Summer Course: Monday 17th July 2017 – Friday 28th July 2017