Organized and experienced teacher with passion helps successful learning.
Steve Zirkler has been a career teacher since 1982. Since relocating from Tokyo to Surfers Paradise in 2004, Steve's been teaching and playing live music on the Gold Coast.
He tutors from his Central Surfers Paradise studio and also in Bonogin.
He plays a variety of styles and musical instruments including banjo, ukulele, harmonica, bass, keyboard, mandolin and recorder. Guitar and voice are his specialties.
He has formal teaching qualifications (Bachelor Of Teaching, Bachelor Of Education) and is an accredited member of Queensland College Of Teachers so holds a Blue Card. (working with children Police Check)
Fees are payable in advance, 4 weeks for private lessons, 8 for group. Fees become payable on the last lesson if pupils wish to continue. Unfortunately a time cannot be held for a pupil if fees are not in advance.
As music is Steve's job, pupils who are absent without prior arrangement forfeit their week's fee. As time set aside for your personal lesson cannot be recovered, Steve regrettably cannot guarantee make-up lessons.
A Range Of Skills
No one can be all things to everyone. Steve has a broad range of skills and styles but advanced players should discuss their specific requirements.
Parents and friends are welcome to attend a lesson. Steve wants you or your child to feel safe and comfortable in lessons so his policy is always open door for parents & you may come in at any time without invite or come with a friend.
Steve recommends a text as a starting point and can provide a copy or you can organize your own. Steve produces several texts at beginner to intermediate level for a modest cost.
From time to time, a commitment to collecting sheet music is very useful for effective learning. Although a lot of free material is available through the internet these days, the quality of professionally produced material will enhance the learner's opportunities.
Steve also has an extensive file to supplement this.
Your Location lessons are possible. Steve will travel out to lessons for some clients and though there will be extra charges involved, this may suit you. Please call to discusss this.
45 minute or one hour lessons are available. This type of lesson may suit pupils who find it difficult to set aside regular practice time because of their own busy schedules and the lesson will hence become part of their practice regime. Other more advanced students can extend their skills and playing experiences to include songwriting skills and recording time.
Individual instruction is $30 per half hour lesson. This time is generally sufficient to review past assignments and set new ones. Successful students always do something at home between lessons on most days. Steve won't bully students to practise but aims to give students a musical experience regardless of their level.
Steve chooses a program to suit the individual needs of the student, usually a blend of theory and practical. Note-reading is encouraged and for those who are inclined, it's possible to sit external Trinity College Of London Exams.
A typical lesson could contain:- review of previous lesson points, some note reading, a popular song for chording & riffing , an exercise for physical development, improvising from a rule plus something for fun & interest.
The Trinity Program from London has a wide balance of contemporary, folk & classic pieces for reading skills, includes sight reading, scales, technical development and viva voce. Steve also use components of AMEB's Contemporary Popular Music program. Steve teaches accompaniment for the voice, music technology, including computer-based recording, midi-based recording and editing, programming and use of FX, PAs, amplifiers and improvisation skills. As Steve has other instruments, knowledge of bass, ukulele, keyboard, banjo, mandolin, violin, harmonica and drums may be shared as appropriate.
are economical, though you trade off getting less personal attention. As a kid Steve particularly enjoyed the weekly experience of playing music with a professional musician. This level of attention would not be possible in a group lesson.
Without doubt, some individuals thrive within groups & many prefer the social context & collaboration that group lessons offer.
Steve regularly leads group lessons (20-30 guitar students) at Miami State School beginning in 2013 & continuing into 2015.
He invites any other interested schools or institutions who might like to start a low cost/student program to contact him for discussion.
If private lessons aren't within your budget, find an interested friend and you can share a time slot, at a slightly higher charge to account for extra materials.
Call or Text Steve 0422 056 671.
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