Meet Vicki Workman and the Team at Croydon Guitar Tuition

My name is Vicki Workman and I am a guitar teacher offering guitar lessons in South London. I specialise in teaching beginners, intermediates, and advanced players, and have helped many people just like you or your child to realise their guitar-playing ambitions. I began teaching guitar in October 2005, after deciding I wanted to combine my love of music with an enjoyable and rewarding career.

Previous Teaching Experience

As well as running my own teaching business, I was, until recently, on the Wandsworth Schools’ Music peripatetic teaching panel, and have participated in several programmes for them, including:

· Music First – A programme for early-years and nursery-age children, teachers, and parents in schools and at children’s centres, giving young children access to music-making opportunities.

· Wider Opportunities – Teaching whole classes of Year 4 (and smaller groups of Year 5 and 6) children basic guitar skills.

· Wandsworth Secondary Music Centre – Teaching secondary-age students guitar and bass in small groups, helping them prepare for grades and performances, and running rock band workshops.

Wandsworth was a great training ground for me, as it enabled me to participate in best practice courses alongside more general training such as safeguarding young children.

I have also been on the Croydon Music Service teaching panel, ran workshops for SCOLA, and been involved in running major projects for Richmond Childminders and Sound Connections as part of a pilot project aimed at giving more young children access to music.

Previous Relevant Employment

I worked in various roles for PRS for Music (formerly MCPS-PRS Alliance), the organisation responsible for administering royalties to songwriters and publishers when their works are performed or reproduced, for three and a half years. I’m very knowledgeable in this area, and it can come in useful when making students aware of potential copyright infringements or how to make sure they don’t get ripped off, for example. I stay up to speed in this industry by working on a freelance basis for a couple of small media companies in an advisory capacity.

Relevant Education and Membership

I am a member of Music Leader and the Musicians’ Union and regularly access training, networking, and mentoring opportunities through them and other organisations to ensure that I stay on top of my game. I am also in close contact with other guitar teachers around the world, as part of a guitar teachers’ mentoring
programme in which we share materials and teaching techniques. My qualifications include:

· BA (Hons) in Popular Music Studies (2:1) from the University of Leeds
· BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts from the BRIT School in Croydon

My Musical Background

· I write songs, play guitar, and sing, and currently play in a punk covers band in my spare time, which is a lot of fun. I am also often asked to form bands to play at weddings and parties.

· I have done guitar, bass, ukulele, and vocal sessions for music production companies who write music for film and TV.

· I have done various guitar and vocal work for my friend, David Fisher, and can be heard singing on his album.

· I was one half of award-winning duo Melfish with my mate Mel from university.

· I have played guitar, bass, and sang in numerous other bands, have recorded and appeared on singles and albums, and toured and played festivals.

· I grew up listening to all sorts of music and was influenced by the likes of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Deep Purple from an early age. I subsequently became interested in indie/alternative rock and punk, and would spend hours working out guitar parts by my favourite guitarists: Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Peter Buck (REM), Graham Coxon (Blur), Joey Santiago (Pixies), Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Bernard Butler (Suede), Johnny Greenwood (Radiohead), and Polly Jean Harvey to name but a few.

·My specialist subject is the music of US alt-rock pioneers Pixies, Throwing Muses, and their various offshoots. I can wax on about them for hours, and even made them the subject of my university dissertation.

·These days I listen to everything from cheesy pop to post-rock and am grateful to my students for helping me keep up to date with modern music. Without them I’d probably be stuck in the 90s!

Mike Alvarez

Mike has been playing guitar for over 20 years (since the age of 11). He started out, as many 11 year olds do, learning classical nylon string guitar but moved onto the electric guitar and started playing rock music as a teenager. He studied music at The BRIT School for Performing Arts in 2001, which led to him forming various bands and eventually recording an album while living in Vienna in 2007. Mike has toured extensively in both the UK and Europe and enjoys this element of band life! He has been teaching full time since early 2014 and became a valuable part of the Croydon Guitar Tuition team in November 2015.

Zak Dijani

Zak is a professional performing musician, who has gigged at venues including Ronnie Scott’s and played on the same bill as the likes of Eric Roche, Finley Quaye, and Boy George. He has been a session musician for The Guitar Institute, as well as various recording artists and has a BMus. in Popular Music Performance. Zak has over a decade’s experience of teaching in organisations, for agencies, and privately and has been sharing his broad knowledge and expertise with Croydon Guitar Tuition students since November 2015.

Want to find out how our team of amazing guitar teachers can help you play guitar the way you want to?  Contact me today to request a Free Assessment Lesson.  I can then find out a bit more about your playing challenges and what goals you’d like to reach and suggest the right course of tuition for you.  Together, we’ll help you make the fastest progress possible



call us now on 07980 845688 to discuss how we can help you reach your guitar playing goals.