A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME
Hi, I’m Brad Dickson, and I’ve been playing music since I was very young. I started out with piano, moving to guitar when I was thirteen years old, and have been teaching students of all ages since I was nineteen.
I have undertaken various studies in areas such as guitar playing, live performance, digital technology, music theory, aural training among others. I have also recorded a solo instrumental album and played in several bands including, up until the end of 2014 as a guitarist in acclaimed original heavy metal band ‘Darker Half’, playing shows in Sydney and in every other state/territory in Australia. With Darker Half, I’ve also been on tour for two months playing shows throughout the USA.
My official qualifications include:
- Australian Institute of Music – Bachelor of Music
- AMEB Contemporary Guitar – Grade 4 (Advanced)
- Currently studying at the University of New England – Master of Secondary Teaching
I also possess a current Working With Children certificate, as I’ve experience in teaching students of all ages.
I was exposed to music from a young age and have been playing it ever since. After learning the fundamentals of music on piano as a kid, I developed my own tastes (as we all do) as a teenager, and ever since have come to love music and consider it to be an important part of my daily life. I find that with nearly all people, it’s not a question of ‘Do you like music?’ but rather ‘What music do you like?’.
I teach music because I genuinely enjoy passing on my skills to anyone who is willing to learn, and assisting others to advance in their own skills as rapidly and as smoothly as they possibly can. The most satisfying aspect to teaching is assisting students to develop a love of music on their own, and then ‘take ownership’ of their own learning. I take pride in seeing this in my students, and enjoy seeing an applied, consistent effort when it is accompanied by a student enjoying what they are learning, in addition to enjoying music itself.
I think it is important that people always have fun when learning and playing music, and I take this into account when providing the fundamentals in both technique and theory. The greatest musicianship comes from both a knowledge and a love of both the instrument and of music itself. I always strive to be the most focussed, patient, understanding tutor I can be, and to never let myself forget what it is like to be in the students shoes,. Above all, I aim to guide students into developing a sense of responsibility for their own musicianship, learning and pursuit of music.