Tel : 07910 216566
email : pauldcmansell@gmail.com

About Me

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Professional qualifications

I am one of the few ukulele players to have an Honours Diploma (AVCM) on the ukulele from the Victoria College of Music. I scored 95% in my diploma performance exam – as you can imagine I am quite proud of my achievement.

 

I also have grade 8 with distinction on the classical guitar. 

 

 

Experience

As an author I have a publishing deal with Kevin Mayhew Ltd and my first book 'Classical Uke' was published in December 2017. The book has been a great success and subsequently my publisher commissioned me to write a ukulele tutorial book. The result was 'Ukulele School' which was published in March 2019.

In March 2019 I was the first ukulele player to ever be featured on the cover of the world famous BMG Magazine.

I am a regular columnist for several magazines including 'Ukulele Magazine', 'Ukulele Bonanza' and 'BMG Magazine.

 

Several pieces from my new book 'Classical Uke' are featured in the VCM (Victoria College of Music) Ukulele exam syllabus.  I am a proud member of The Registry of Guitar Teachers (RGT).  I am an experienced vocalist, songwriter and music producer and have previously been signed to Firestation Records as a singer/songwriter. My songs have been played on Radio 1 and other local BBC stations and, as a songwriter, I have been interviewed by the BBC and featured in PRS magazine. 

 

As a session musician I have played guitar for professional drummer Alex Biggs in his series of books 'Drums by Alex Biggs'. I also played ukulele on Niamh's album 'Flammable' by Ginger Dog Records.

 

I have gigged all over the UK including headlining Rock City in Covent Garden, London, aswell as having supported bands such as Keane.

 

I started teaching in 2010 and have loved every minute of it. I currently have young students studying for grade 1, right through to older students studying for diplomas.

 

 

 

For your peace of mind

I have a full DBS (CRB) check available on request and as a member of Soundsense I have signed up to the Code of Practice for music teachers which sets out the six key professional practice principles that all music teachers should abide by in order to deliver safe, responsible and quality work to their students.

Prices

Your first 30 minute lesson is absolutely FREE with no commitment at all.

 

30 mins lesson on guitar or ukulele - £17.50  

60 mins lesson on guitar or ukulele - £35 

 

Vouchers available for 5 lessons are available at £87.50.

 

Classical guitar hire - £20 per month

Electric guitar hire - £25 per month (including practice amp and lead)

Ukulele hire - £10 per month

 

I teach the guitar and ukulele in my home studio in the village of Ecton in Northamptonshire, from Monday to Saturday, 9 AM to 9 PM. I teach both classical guitar and ukulele.   I encourage my students to take the grade exams (Rockschool, Oxford, RGT, Trinity or VCM) as these can help to gain focus and give a great sense of achievement.  The grades above grade 5 carry UCAS points so can help you get into University.  Equally many students just want to play for fun. 

If you are thinking of buying a ukulele, I highly recommend having a look at www.ukulelemusicinfo.com as they have some great reviews and advice.