Guitar Lessons | Piano Lessons, Singing Lessons, Ukulele Lessons | Ensemble Coaching, Song Writing Workshops, Theory Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring, Skype Lessons
- Pricing: $12.25-$30
- Styles: Popular music, Classical, Rock, Blues
- Suitability: Ages 6-18
I’m Sophia Ritchie, and I offer lessons for kids and teens from 6-18 years of age. I’m an accomplished musician, with significant experience in Classical Guitar – achieving my ABRSM Grade 5 exam at 12 years of age! Since then I have continued to play classically and in folk and rock bands throughout high school and beyond. I have experience in other instruments, including Singing, Ukulele, Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Piano and Organ. I have been touring Europe this year with the New Zealand Youth Choir and play in local bands around Auckland.
This year is the end of my second year as a teacher in Kohi, and I really love the community spirit of this part of Auckland. I have around 25 enrolled students in group lessons and private lessons in the area.
I love working with kids – I was an after school and kindergarten carer before I became a music teacher, and I really enjoy making the lessons fun and engaging. I try my hardest to bring the best out of every child, and usually that means having a great balance between hard work and lots of fun.
I can offer kids a mature look at what music will mean for them even if they aren’t aiming to be a full-time musician – music is a big part of my life but I am also currently studying Computer Systems Engineering at The University of Auckland.
Group lessons: Relaxed and fun atmosphere in the lesson. 10min warm up exercises, 20min teaching new material or learning songs, 10min of guitar related games at the end of the lesson – 45min in total. Expect the latest popular songs as the kids request them, even for beginner players who are just starting out. There are two types of classes: Chords and Strumming classes ($12.25) with a focus on songs, singing, and songwriting, and Comprehensive Guitar classes ($15.50) with a focus on musical note reading in a contemporary context, music theory, fingerpicking and strumming chords. The Comprehensive Guitar classes are capped at 4 students per lesson to ensure that each student gets enough attention to learn the more difficult concepts. Lessons are held after school at Selwyn College.
Private lessons: $30 for a 30min lesson that goes at the student’s pace. I cater the lesson plan to each student and find where their interests lie – I have a mixture of classical and contemporary private students, and some who prefer both styles. I can come to your home, or I teach at St Andrews on Selwyn Ave, off Kohimarama rd.