Bath Guitar School
Raising the standard of guitar tuition in Bath
Bath Guitar School offers students an innovative approach to learning the guitar with unequalled opportunities to attend exclusive guitar events such as band workshops, week-long summer rock camps and live performances at the renowned Bath International Music Festival opening night, Party in the City, and the world-famous Moles club.
Bath Guitar School was formed in mid-2003 when founder, Richard Perkins, made the move from his hometown of Oxford to begin studying a Commercial Music degree at Bath Spa University. Since the school’s inception it has grown into an exciting and vibrant hub of learning and music making for both young and mature students; with approximately 70 students attending regular one-to-one guitar lessons, band workshops and participating in exclusive live performances.
Bath Guitar School has built its reputation for offering the highest quality guitar tuition on outstanding personal recommendations from students and parents, past and present. Students enjoy a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of guitar and live performance, Rockschool and Trinity Rock and Pop exam grades and music history; learning from an experienced professional guitar teacher with recognised music qualifications and over twenty years of music industry experience.
Bath Guitar School is extremely proud to have mentored some of its most successful students through to further and higher education, achieving entry into many of the UK’s most highly regarded music establishments, including: BIMM, ACM, ICMP, Guitar Institute and Berklee College of Music in Boston, as well as the local City of Bath College. Star student, Johnny Budd, was featured on CiTV’s Skillicous TV show in the summer of 2010 and was awarded the Whizz Kid Award for his guitar playing achievements.
The school prides itself on building fantastic relationships with local primary and secondary schools, music groups and teachers, businesses and music festivals. Students have helped to raise thousands of pounds for local charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support and Dorothy House, by busking inside the annual Bath Christmas Market, as well supporting local Mencap charity Bath Gateway Out & About with donations raised from a sponsored practice-a-thon and themed performances for its members.
Students from Bath Guitar School have performed at Bath International Music Festival’s Party in the City event every year since 2007 and regularly perform at the world-famous Moles club as part of a Student Showcase collaboration with Bath College. In 2010 students were invited to perform in front of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and the many thousands in attendance on the streets, at the annual turning on of the Christmas lights on Milsom Street in central Bath.
Each year three hard-working and diligent students are selected to win the coveted Student of the Year Award. Winning students are presented with a glass trophy for their progress, good practice habits, positive attitude towards learning and enthusiasm to participate in extra-curricular performance opportunities, therefore making a significant contribution to the success of Bath Guitar School.
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What our students say
We looked at a few teachers for our son and thankfully decided on Richard. He is the perfect teacher for our 9 year old. He's patient, kind and just seems to "get him". Small wonder he enjoys going week after week and makes good progress each time. His concentration has improved and the desire to practise is so much greater. In a short space of time Reilly has played in the performance with total confidence - even if it wasn't 100% right - but that's what Richard also instills...the belief that you CAN do it. Can't rate highly enough...if your kid needs a teacher - don't waste time looking anywhere else!
My son Ruben learnt guitar for about four years with Richard. Initially, Ruben never practiced and Richard was very patient with this as I really wanted the lessons to be a pleasure for Ruben rather than being another pressure to add to the existing ones of school work. After a few years, as Ruben matured, things started to change and he would talk about the lessons more and what he and Richard had been discussing and what music they’d attempted. For the last year of his time with Richard, Ruben ‘practiced’, or rather spontaneously picked up the guitar, almost every single day. It became his primary way of relaxing as opposed to looking at a screen. Ruben is now confident enough to play in public and sees his love of the guitar as part of who he is. He has stopped lessons now as he has chosen instead to start singing lessons, to which he takes….his guitar. It took time, and neither Richard nor I as Ruben’s mum, being pushy…but Ruben now has a gift for life.
Richard's a fantastic, humorous and patient teacher - he makes it really fun for them and they are playing proper tunes and riffs from day one. He also does tons of extras - band workshops, charity busks and other events - which give the kids great opportunities to play with others and on public. Really fantastic, I would recommend him as a teacher to anyone!
I have recently returned to having lessons with Richard after I stopped for my A level exams. I had never had any sort of music lessons before my guitar lessons when I was 16 but Richard has always been very encouraging and has always tried hard to keep my interest in learning guitar on the same high level! The relaxed structure of the lessons is one of the main reasons for my return, as it makes the lesson more enjoyable and it means you can choose what you learn. I would recommend his guitar lessons to anyone and everyone!