Teaching

My pre-recorded video products are available now at www.mikesmasterclasses.com 

You can see what customers are saying about them on my ‘Testimonials’ page. Scroll to the bottom of this page for video samples.

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Teaching FAQs:
1. How much do you charge?

‘In person’ lesson pricing – Sheffield, UK: (GBP Sterling)

60 mins        £40

90 mins        £50

Skype lessons same rates – please enquire. It’s working out at around €48/$55 per hour atm, I think. Be aware that, if you are using PayPal, there may be a very small additional fee involved.

2. Can you send me bespoke pre-recorded videos?

Unfortunately, this is not a service I provide. One-to-one teaching is a personal, interactive thing for me – if you can’t visit my studio in person, let’s do the next best thing! If it’s recorded material you’re after, my Mike’s Masterclasses products cover a very wide range of topics these days.

3. Do you take on beginner students?

I’m always very keen to hear from anyone with a genuine interest in playing jazz, regardless of level. Lack of experience is no obstacle really and, although it probably helps if you’ve done a bit of general guitar playing before we tackle the jazz stuff, it needn’t be a problem if you haven’t. 

4. Whereabouts in Sheffield are you?

My studio is located in a quiet residential area of Sheffield (S10 postcode), with plenty of on-street parking. For obvious reasons, I don’t give out the full address until shortly before our appointment.

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FINALLY – FORGET THE CLICKBAITERS!

I know there are lots of great teachers around these days, some of whom have a significant online presence, but there’s so much clickbait trash now as well.
The Three Mistakes I Know You’re Making, Even Though I’ve Never Met You…” would probably do wonders for my YouTube views, but that’s never been my style. When you book a lesson with me, you can be assured of the following:
  1. I’ve taught at major UK institutions for 20 years, so I have many former students who are now working professionally across the music industry, several of them enjoying genuinely international careers.
  2. I regularly get up and practise what I preach in front of live audiences, with all kinds of ensembles. I don’t teach anything I haven’t used myself in a real-life situation and I firmly believe you shouldn’t say it unless you can play it.
  3. I try my best to give you the long-term answers so that you can go forward on your own, believing that a good teacher should aim to make his/her students self-sufficient as quickly as possible. You choose when you want another lesson, with no obligation to return.
  4. I tailor my teaching to each individual pupil. All my 1-to-1 lessons are inspired by what I hear coming from your guitar.
  5. I always try to generate a fun and relaxed atmosphere in which to learn.

If that sounds appealing, then I’d love to hear from you – with no obligation, of course. JT

Again, you can see comments from some of my satisfied customers on theTestimonialspage.

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I am very happy to be associated with a number of music institutions, both online and offline, as it were!

I am a principal lecturer in jazz guitar at Leeds Conservatoire, the UK’s largest music & drama school: www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk

…a visiting instrumental tutor at the University of Leeds

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…and at the University of Sheffield

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..and, last but definitely not least, I’m very proud to be associated with www.mikesmasterclasses.com

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The videos below are all trailers for the products I have made for the “Mike’s Masterclasses” website. Each one is an extract from a longer film of between 60-90 minutes duration. I’m always keen to receive requests as to topics for future classes, so please get in touch if you have any suggestions.