Philip has taught my sons (now 9 and 7) music weekly for the past three years. I would not hesitate to recommend him as a teacher for your children. Philip has proved extremely flexible in dealing with two kids who are not focused on any particular instrument and respond better to improvising and having fun than they do academic learning.
He has regularly coaxed impressive work from my boys, well beyond that of which they thought themselves capable. He has been happy to incorporate their choices of music, eg by exploring how to play songs they have heard on the radio, and has ranged across guitar, piano, harmonica, drums and percussion.
He has a real feel not just for what will enthuse a particular child, but for what they will respond to on any given day. If you are looking for a teacher who can have fun with music, Philip is for you.
However, he has also managed – almost without them noticing – to instil in my children a good deal of theoretical knowledge, eg reading music and learning scales and chords. Under Philip’s tutelage, their creativity has developed in exactly the way I hoped it would. Sent in by Jack, parent…