Chris Halliday, private guitar student:

“I’ve been having guitar lessons with Charlie for 18 months and have nothing but praise for his knowledge, experience, teaching technique and style. Having had 2 years previous experience and playing in a Beatles tribute band, Charlie has developed my music knowledge and playing style, which has been fundamental in the development of the band.

“I continue to have and look forward to my guitar lessons, where Charlie continues to teach and improve my development as a rhythm guitarist, as well as my overall knowledge of music and singing techniques.

“I would recommend new or experienced guitarists to book lessons with Charlie and experience his vast knowledge of music and guitar playing ability, plus his friendly nature and easy teaching style.”

Mother of Elliot Wood, private guitar student:

“Elliot was having guitar lessons at school but with only 20 minutes per lesson, he felt he wasn’t progressing much. He started having private lessons with Charlie for 1 hour a week and progressed a lot quicker. We were very impressed at the difference it made, even after just a few months.

“Elliot enjoys his lessons and is always eager to learn new things. We and Elliot are very happy with how he has progressed and the level he’s reached after just 20 months of lessons.”

Dawn Sellors, Head of Music, Outwood Academy City:

“The music department at Outwood Academy City have been working with Charlie since September 2013 and have been incredibly impressed with the level of tuition and support he has provided for both the students individually and the music department on the whole. As a one-person department, I have found the organisation and responsibility of communicating with students and parents about lessons taken by Charlie to be invaluable.

“The Rock School, which he has has been running for our students in enrichment time, has been beneficial to a wide-variety of our students. It has enabled students thinking of taking up an instrument to access instrument-specific guidance and, most importantly, their experience as band musicians has helped a number of our bands to develop, with a number of new groups being formed subsequently. He runs this club completely independently, while our school meeting takes place, and is trustworthy and able to manage a large number of students working across various rooms. The excitement he has developed around the rock school is huge and his success in drumming up and maintaining student participation is a testament to his personable approach, which offers the right balance of authority and high expectations with fun and enjoyment. We have been delighted with Charlie’s work and look forward to continuing our working partnership.”

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