Guitar

We offer tuition on electric, acoustic and bass guitar, in a range of styles from rock to classical. The minimum age taught is 6 years old and tuition is given by Wally McGill, Martin Craggs, Simon Dawson and Liam Gaughan.

Wally McGill (Guitar, Slide Guitar & Bass Guitar)

Wally is a self-taught musician and has gained an enormous wealth of experience playing in semi-professional and professional bands of all styles since the age of 17. (He won't admit how long that is!) Wally has earned great respect as a working guitarist in the North-East, and is in great demand as a teacher since starting in 1977. He writes and records his own material in his recording studio and has worked at the NMC since we opened in 1996.

Martin Craggs ATCL (Guitar)

Martin began playing stringed instruments at the age of 7 with the violin before progressing to guitar a few years later. After playing in bands on the club circuit for some years he took some time out to study the instrument further at Newcastle College. After passing his Performance Certificate, ATCL Qualification in Classical Guitar and Higher National Diploma in Applied Music Studies in quick succession he began teaching the guitar at the NMC in 1998. In a varied performance career, Martin has played in folk, rock, pop, jazz and blues bands at venues and festivals across the UK and Europe and, as part of the award winning Maggie Ross Band, has had airplay on national radio. Martin continues to perform regularly and works as a session guitarist.

Simon Dawson BA (Hons) CT ABRSM (Guitar)

Simon has been playing guitar and piano since the age of 10 and went on to study music at the University of Wales in Bangor, graduating in 1999. Whilst he was there he specialised in composition and popular music production and was awarded The Music Dept Prize for his final portfolio. Simon currently balances a busy schedule of teaching guitar at the Northern Music Centre, in schools across the region and private tuition at home. He is also a regular performer as a soloist and as part of the Astor Flute and Guitar Duo. Simon holds the CT ABRSM qualification (Certificate of Teaching from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music), and enjoys teaching a broad range of musical styles and genres to students of all ages and abilities.Simon is also a member of the RGT (Registry of Guitar Tutors).

Kieran Szifris B.Mus (Hons) (Mandolin)

Kieran began making music with the family band in Birmingham, playing his first paid gig at the tender age of 13. His classical training began at the age of 11 and, after gaining Grade 8 flute, led to a place on the Traditional and Folk Music Degree course at Newcastle University. He pursued and learned flute styles from all over the world under first class tutition from musicians such as Niall Keegan, Kathryn Tickell and Brian Finnegan. At University he started his own band, The Monster Ceilidh Band, which has gone on to tour all over the world, including Russia and Malaysia, playing in front of thousands at the UK's largest festivals. After University, Kieran became a professional musician, playing flute in his own innovative folk-based line ups, and with some of the country's very best musicians at various festivals. Kieran has won “The New Roots Award" and received many glowing reviews in the UK's national press and music web sites. He also plays mandolin, and continues to enjoying learning bluegrass style for mandolin from Mike Marshall, one of the world's leading players. In his spare time Kieran loves to run and play at his weekly folk music session which has been running in Newcastle for the past 8 years.