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Robin Thornton - Music Teacher

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I teach music classically, although not necessarily "Classical".

I have said that I teach classically, although not necessarily "classical" since I started teaching, in 1993, but I was reminded of it, recently. A student asked to play a pop song. The notes were not very difficult. If I had wr...

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With restrictions easing, I have started teaching students in my teaching studio in Banchory. I started giving online lessons in 2010, so Covid didn't change my approach as a music teacher. Students who were reluctant to try online lessons, before the outbreak, were put in a position of trying ...

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"We play music"

We - I encourage families to make music together.
Play - Experiment and explore with learning.
Music - It's like magic, but it has US at the heart of it.

#musictheorylessons #singinglessons #musiclessons #pianolessons #guitarlessons #bassguitarlessons

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Want to learn guitar? I have spaces for students of Classical, Electric or Bass Guitar. Lessons are available online or at my teaching studio in Banchory. All ages, abilities and styles are welcome.

#guitarlessons #electricguitarlesson #classicalguitarlessons #bassguitarlessons

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Location based lessons are now available. With the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the Musician's Union saying that it is safe for Teachers to give lessons in their teaching studios, I can now announce, "Location based lessons are back on!"

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Seems like a good day to explain this musical concept. Music is like Maths, in reverse. Letters are converted to numbers, so that things equate. Play A+D. Sounds nice? Play other notes 4 apart. Equates? May the 4th be with you

Lessons are for learning. Performances are for performing. Let yourself learn.

Students of the Performing Arts think that lessons are about getting it right. I teach my students how to learn, freeing them to learn in other areas of their lives.

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The word music means, "coming from the muses". Studying music develops skills in communicating what we say, the sound and non-verbal messages we give.


a week ago
Robin knows music very well, but perhaps more importantly he cares about how students learn effectively. Three of us in the family (me and two children) have spent the last two years learning with Robin and have each found it an enormously rewarding experience. He adjusts his approach for every learner and "goes with the grain". I have especially enjoyed the broad approach to music Robin has taken with us, covering theory, musicology, composition, performance and technique. If you want someone who'll do more than rattle a student through their grades and will instead help students develop an understanding and appreciation of all that music has to offer I would recommend Robin as a teacher.
- Niall R
3 days ago
I've been taking guitar lesson with Robin since February and in that time I feel like I've learned a lot, not just about music but also the mechanics of playing the instrument and creating different textures of sound. What I really appreciate is how Robin's lessons are totally student-focused - he starts with what you're working on and develops the lesson around it, so I feel like I'm learning at my own pace and in directions that are really interesting to me, instead of just wading through a book. Robin's passionate and knowledgeable about music and a friendly, encouraging teacher; I feel like my confidence grown a lot with guitar and I'm really motivated to keep learning.
- Asa B
a year ago
I am an adult guitar beginner and have been working with Robin since September 2019. I have found Robin to be very patient and a great teacher of not just how to play the guitar but he has introduced me to the fascinating wider world of music. Robin answers my endless questions and always makes my lesson time with him very interesting. I always feel that Robin strikes the right balance between the lesson time being constructive/challenging/supportive/positive experience and fun. Thanks to Robin I will now have a lifelong interest in classical guitar.
- Ewan S

Singing|Piano|Guitar|Drumming Lessons

I am a highly regarded music teacher who, since 1993, has been providing lessons in singing, piano, guitar, bass, drums, theory and composition.

As a professional musician, I have extensive experience in performance in a variety of contexts such as solo, ensemble, ceilidh and rock concerts.

Lessons are available online or at my Teaching Studio in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Teaching Background

I am a music teacher who focuses on meeting the learning needs of the individual while developing the student in music theory and/or practice.While studying for my Teaching Diploma, I developed an interest in the Psychology of Learning and this informs my teaching practice. After graduating, with Distinction, I undertook an undergraduate degree in Music (BMus) at the University of Aberdeen. On graduating with a 2:1, I progressed to Masters level by studying for an MMus in Composition under Dr. Phillip Cooke.

Teaching Style

My academic interest in the education field is in the student-teacher interaction and my teaching approach is designed around student-centred learning. This means that the student benefits from lessons that are tailored according to their preferred learning styles.

With a breadth of knowledge and experience ranging from Classical (Reading) through to Jazz (Improvisation) and Composition, I will develop your skills, in a way that suits your learning preference. I teach in a classical style but this does not mean that you have to study classical music!

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Mon:9:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Tue:9:30 AM – 8:30 PM
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