A.T. Music Group - Helping you learn the guitar one step at a time
Are you currently looking for guitar lessons in Essex? Well you wouldn’t be here if you wasn’t. We want to help you achieve your goals.
Understanding how the guitar works and being able to play like your favourite guitarist is a relatively easy goal to achieve. Through perseverance and practice you will quickly see the results and within 6-12 months you can be playing in the student bands at one of our many shows or in your own band before you know it.
The key to playing the guitar well is to understand from day one how and why chords and scales work together and of course tutor / student rapport. Luckily, we’re all lovely.
We don’t teach from our houses or bedrooms, we mainly teach from our studios that are set up with all the mod cons we need for better tuition and our prices reflect that. Coming to your house is an option but we do encourage you to try and venture out to us occasionally to take advantage of all the tools we have here.
So... what are you after?
Fancy giving it a go for the first time? Is it something that’s been on your to do list for a while and never got around to it. Well take a leap of faith and give it a try.
If you’re considering this option you probably already know a little bit from Youtube or a previous tutor. We’ll take you to the next level.
If you’ve been playing for a while and can already play well but you’ve hit a wall we can help get you on the right path to really become a master of the guitar.
Need to blow away the cobwebs and wipe the dust from your guitar? Our refresher courses will you get you back up to speed in no time.
We offer a discounted rate for group lessons so can help make it more affordable. Groups can consist of up to 6 people in one class.
We can work with children as young as 4. We have junior size guitars that can be used and pretend to be like their favourite rock stars.
Understanding theory is something that every musician should know in order to achieve the best out of your instrument.
Its great fun for students that can already play or those who want to have an introduction into a fast track way of learning the instrument.
We sometimes get guest appearances from recognised members of the music industry who can come in and talk about their time with the guitar and show some tips for the budding guitarist.
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Meet our tutors
A fun, multi talented musician who runs the company. He graduated from Harlow with a Diploma in music and The Royal Academy Of Music. With his wealth of experience in the music industry you can rest assured you'll be in great hands.
Sean graduated from Tech Music Schools in 2010 after completing his Bmus in popular music performance and has since gone on to perform along side bands such as Green Day, Billy Talent, McFly and Metro Station with his band.
Graduating from Colchester Institute, Talon has spent the time studying music and music technology.
Rafaelle graduaded professionally in 1992 with Ivo Meletti, Italian guitarist & composer. Also a singer, in 1995 he was awarded a Diploma in Modern Vocal/Voice work from the Academy of Music of Milan and participated in seminars by Jay Clayton, Bob Stoloff and Carl Anderson on Vocal Technique and Interpretation.
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What our pupils say
A T Music are just simply "all about the music"! My son has been there for almost 3 years having guitar lessons with Sean (fantastic teacher) and I have watched his confidence grow, they nurture ability and help to get the best out of you. Marc is a fantastic leader and is always there for you whether your recording in one of the many state of the art studios or learning an instrument, as are all of the teaching staff there! (dont want to leave Katy out!) A T Music offers total professionalism in a friendly atmosphere and I guarentee a complete music experience in a relaxed enviroment..........go see for yourself!
Sammy Wakeling, age 46 from Chelmsford
Excellent place to learn and play music, the facilities available are amazing, staff are really friendly, Marc himself has helped me a lot along the way with confidence helping me to perform in front of people and for that I couldn't rate them any higher
Jamie Robertson, age 18 from Wickford
Great intro my son enjoyed his first visit will be back for many more. No pressure to book relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommended
Andrew Smith, age 50 from Basildon
The confidence my daughter has gained, the fun she is having with Marc and Talon is a delight to see. I can't recommend them enough
Sarah Dingwall, age 42 from Chelmsford
My son Jack is six years old and has recently started guitar lessons at A.T Music. Jack is excited to go to every lesson, and his lessons have been a real confidence boost for him. In his own words he describes his teacher Sean as "kind", "patient" and "really cool!"I am really impressed with the professionalism and kindness of the staff at A.T Music, and would recommend them to anyone who has a young child with an interest in music.
Clair Barry, age 39 from Witham
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Frequently Asked Questions
How are our lessons structured?
All lessons are planned after the first initial couple of lessons. Every student has a unique game plan and achievement schedule. Yes we have our own guidelines that we would like to see you achieve by a certain period, but it’s also about how much you put into it. At the end of every lesson all notes on what was done and what you need to practise is put onto our system and sent via email so you have a digital copy (and can’t lose paperwork). Then you can update it with what you have done so we can monitor your progress at home. Feels like Big Brother doesn’t it! It’s not quite that bad. You just get an opportunity to share with us what you found difficult or what felt easy when practising.
How long are the courses?
We have had students with us for up to 5 years and some that stay for just 1 year. You get out of it what you want. We can take you down all the avenues or you can simply just get to a level that you are happy with that is within your budget. Either way we almost put it in your hands. If you want to be the best you will continue with lessons and show us what you have been achieving, if you haven’t then perhaps this is not right vocation for you. The type of students we absolutely love taking on the books are the ones that have practised what we set them for home work but then who have done extra work by learning something from youtube for example. When they show us what they practiced and more, it just excites us to want to push you more and get to the fun stuff of what we love about the guitar.
What if i'm struggling with learning?
We work on getting a balanced process, where on the one hand you are getting a good progressive understanding for the instrument, fret board harmoany etc., and how that applies to music and music theory, including (optional) theory grades. And on the other, a general understanding of musicality and performance. All this is done at your pace. If its slower than others it doesn't matter. As long as you understand in the long run.
We can help teach you through your favourite songs and breakdown the songs to show you what’s going on behind the structure. This is a great basis for helping you become creative in your own right and encourage you to compose your own material. We of course have input on some of the songs we’d like you to look at because they have been carefully selected for tuition purposes.
Are your staff DBS checked?
All staff are DBS checked and we are proud to share with you that we have a 100% pass rate with all students taking grades. It honestly is all about the way you communicate and teach. We want our students to feel like they’re coming to see a friend and break down those barriers and feel relaxed.
How to Find A.T. Music Group?
The Studio is conveniently situated on the old A130 between Chelmsford & South Woodham Ferrers. The location is easy to get to from all directions, and has a bus stop right outside our main gates. We are 10 mins drive from the Chelmsford Train Station. We are also very close to the main A12 junction 17. The Sat Nav will take you close enough to our site but then on the approach just look for the “Rettendon Antiques” BILLBOARD sign, we are behind that sign through the main gates. The business complex is next door to a car cleaners and is smack bang in the middle of the two pubs at the bottom of the hill - The Rettendon Bell and Le Benaix - conveniently.