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Justin Firefly Clarke

Justin Firefly Clarke

Wellington

Guitar Lessons | Banjo Lessons, Bass Guitar Lessons, Ukulele Lessons | Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Song Writing Workshops, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, Mixing and Mastering Lessons, Skype Lessons


  • Qualifications: Masters in Music - composition (Victoria University), Post-Graduate Diploma - orchestration and composition (Victoria University), Bachelor of Jazz Performance - guitar (New Zealand School of Music), Advanced Diploma in Jazz guitar (Wellington Conservatory of Music)
  • Pricing: $30 for half hour. $45 for 45 minutes. $60 for an hour.
  • Styles: Specialising in classical and jazz guitar, as well as traditional folk music, blues, rock and "shred" guitar. Justin has a vast array of experience in numerous styles with an added passion for World music, in particular music from the Balkans, India as well as some contemporary African guitar styles.
  • Suitability: Beginner to Expert

Bio

Justin is a professional musician with a Master’s Degree from The New Zealand School of Music and has studied classical guitar under the tutorage of legendary Matthew Marshall. As an artist he specialises in performance jazz guitar, film composition, songwriting and has performed all over the world winning awards at festivals in Europe and collaborated with world-class performers from all over the globe. Locally he is known for being a key collaborator in Congress of Animals, Woolshed Sessions and Jess Chambers as well as featuring with Fly My Pretties, Fat Freddy’s Drop, and with The Muppet Show with The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.


Teaching Info

Lessons with Justin Clarke specialise in guitar. He also teaches ukulele, composition, music theory, banjo, bass and general keyboard. His lessons cater to all students and begin by covering basic chords, simple songs, and learning to read notation. Justin also teaches advanced students and has many years music teaching experience including teaching guitar in Germany and at the jazz department of Massey University. He brings a broad understanding of music to the student while catering to their individual learning styles.

"I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to learn from such an accomplished and profound musical genius! I only wish I could have lessons with Justin every day! His guitar knowledge runs deep, but his teaching manner is down to earth; he makes complex concepts easy to comprehend and put to practice with a positive and professional approach. He's helped me map out a practice plan and he tracks my progress every lesson, adding new songs and techniques so guitar practice always stays interesting. Justin's virtuosic capabilities means he can work with any level of student. I've really enjoyed working on Travis Picking style with Justin, he has also given me lessons on the mandolin. Thanks Justin! I look forward to our next lesson!"

Elysia, 30 years old

"Justin has taught our teenage daughter electric guitar for about a year. He has the perfect mix of amazing technical ability, artistry, and emotional intelligence to work with teenagers and kids. Ava is motivated, plays music she loves, and wows us everyday with her skill. She has a life-long passion. Thanks Justin!"

Ava, 15 years old

"When I first discussed Ukulele with Rachel, she was reluctant. But after the first class with Justin, she told me happily that the teacher was very cool and the class was very interesting. We also love many of Justin's songs, and we sing along when our daughter practices. Now Rachel doesn't need me to urge her to practice. She likes it very much and makes rapid progress. Thanks to Justin."

Rachel, 9 years old

"You introduced me to the new music and taught me new playing skills. I really enjoyed in your lessons. Every Friday is a surprise day! Thanks a lot."

Jason, 11 years old

"I like how he let's me play the drums and piano and make sounds together. It is fun because he plays on the ukelele very fast"

Ross, 6 years old

"We're so happy that our daughter has the opportunity to take guitar lessons with Justin. She likes the music she's learning and comes home every week with new things she wants to play for us. It's been great to see her looking forward to her weekly lessons and growing more confident and enthusiastic in her playing."

Katie, 10 years old

"My daughter Mia has been learning guitar with Justin since she was 8. She is now 11 and has enjoyed three years of great guitar lessons. Justin makes learning an instrument fun. He is an excellent teacher."

Mia, 11 years old

"Brianna has been learning the guitar with Justin for over a year now and really enjoys it. Justin is a great guitar teacher."

Brianna, 14 years old

"Our son Ben is experiencing his first formal foray into music under Justin’s watch. We’ve been impressed with the care and attention he’s shown towards our sometimes reluctant seven year old. Recently he picked up on and addressed Ben’s issues with his instrument (which are basically that it’s acoustic, rather than electric) with a clever reward system specifically tailored and focused towards Ben’s interests which seems to have re-energised his attention and got him back on track with enthusiasm. I’d highly recommend Justin’s teaching."

Ben, 7 years old
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