Welcome to music lessons at Alexandra Primary School! Liz Conway and Joel Neilson are very excited to help continue your guitar and music learning during school. Lessons will begin week 2 of Term 3 and will run weekly. Have a read below about what we’re offering and a bit about us and then head over to our registration page to get signed up! We are excited to offer the following programmes:
FOUNDATION MUSIC (years 0-2): This programme focuses on the building blocks students need in order to understand and play music. For those who have already been learning guitar with George, we will continue to grow these skills, but will expand our learning through the use of a variety of instruments such as ukulele, piano/keyboard, percussion (and guitar). We will learn the language of music (such as notation, rhythm, songs, melody, harmony, performance techniques, and much more) that will form as the foundation students will build on for many years of playing music!
GUITAR (years 3-8): This programme focuses on establishing good guitar technique, learning a variety of songs and understanding the context of guitar in a wider music setting! Students will progress on the skills learned with George (for those of his continuing students) and learn new skills which will help them reach their musical goals.
GUITAR/SINGING (years 3-8): The element of singing will be added into groups that would like to learn how to sing alongside their guitar playing. There will still be a focus on building strong guitar technique and learning songs, but lessons will also include basic singing technique and how to work both instruments together. (Please note, this programme may not be offered in Term 3 depending on group sizes and interest.)
A native of Boulder, Colorado (USA), Liz began learning music at a young age. She went on to gain a BA in Composition and Music Theory from the University of Richmond, VA (USA), a DipGrad in Studio Music Teaching from the University of Otago, and a diploma from the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand. Liz has 14 years of private teaching experience and has worked many years in the schools and university teaching piano, singing, guitar, band performance, music theory, songwriting and recording.
She founded a teaching and recording studio in Dunedin, which was sold when her husband’s work took them overseas for a few years to Canmore (Canada). She moved to Alexandra in 2016 with her husband, Jono, and their two kids, Jackson (7) and Maia (5) who are both students at APS. Liz loves teaching in local schools and from her home and is looking forward to being more involved with music at APS! As a mum, recording artist, local performer, and qualified private music teacher, Liz is able to combine practical aspects of music with her grounding in music education.
Joel moved to Alexandra from Cromwell (where he grew up) in 2019. He has been teaching guitar for 8 years both privately and at schools after completing a Bachelor of Audio Production Degree. He enjoys working with a range of genres and styles, and individually tailor lessons to suit students’ guitar experience, musical goals and musical tastes. Joel’s experience with both solo and band performances allows him to integrate musicianship skills into lessons; this aspect is often overlooked and can be the difference between being able to play guitar, and being a musician! Joel’s main goal is to make music inspiring, enjoyable and fun, and give students the tools to be able to progress in the best way possible both inside and outside of lessons. He loves living in this area and being a part of the community. He’s excited to be involved with such a dynamic school as APS, and is looking forward to helping students achieve their musical goals.
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Please note: If you would like to continue learning with George outside of school time, please contact the Alexandra Primary School office to be put in touch with George directly to make arrangements.