Clive Hayes - Leeds
I’ve been attending Music Nation for guitar tuition for around four years now. Jonathan is my tutor. I’ve been playing guitar on and off for about 40 years, but never really took it seriously, then one day decided it was now or never. I tried two different tutors before contacting Jonathan. My skill level has come along immeasurably. I can now figure out what key a song is in and happily play along. I can ask Jon to teach me a song he’s never even heard before and after a quick listen, he’s teaching me note for note within minutes. I now play rhythm and lead guitar in a gigging band. I would never have had the confidence or ability without his invaluable help, I wish I’d done it years ago. His teaching style is very informal, and his patience knows no bounds. He quickly goes from being your tutor to becoming your friend, but still commands enough authority to stay in the driving seat. If you’ve been toying with the idea of getting help with your playing, it’s time to seize the day and give him a shout, I promise you won’t regret it.
Natalie Bigger - Leeds
Music Nation has a lovely friendly and atmosphere where all teachers take their time to chat to myself and my 2 sons. I'm extremely happy with the way my sons have progressed with their instrument thanks to the dedication of their teachers. My sons look forward to their lessons every week and really enjoy their time with their teachers. What I especially love seeing is the relationship that oscar and ollie have with Rhys and Francesca! They seem to have a great bond with them and both boys respect them and enjoy their company.
Ollie Bigger - Leeds
"I love going to to Music Nation because all the teacher al really friendly and I am learning lots in my piano lessons.”
Oscar Bigger - Leeds
'I love Music Nation because my teacher is funny, helpful and has made me progress further along my guitar journey - thank you!’
Paul Johnson - Bradford
.I'd been wanting to learn to play piano for years, I finally decided to and i've been going to Music Nation Leeds for nearly a year now, the atmosphere is casual, relaxed and friendly, with great support and no unnecessary pressure.
Zamin Ahmed - Bradford
I've been attending music Nation Leeds for 11 months and I have been enjoying my experience so far as I have learned more about the piano than I would've ever known my piano tutor is great as I am autistic and she manages to accommodate all my needs and is a great teacher without her I don't think I would have ever learned to this extent I thoroughly enjoy my lessons and would recommend music nation Leeds to others who are passionate about music.
Bob Snowdon - Ilkley
As a bedroom guitarist for the last 25 years it was fantastic to be able to play guitar with other people and actually start learning again!
Jon is a fabulous tutor who pushes you but always within the limits of what you are capable of – making learning highly enjoyable. My playing has improved beyond belief this year and I am now looking to join a band. I would, and do, recommend all at Music Nation very highly.
Tony Sutcliffe - Bradford
I had been learning guitar for about a year with a different teacher and wasn’t getting the results or instruction I felt I needed. I started with Jonathan and Owen and have never looked back.
I was always worried that starting to learn so late (I’m 38) I would be made to feel stupid or wouldn’t be accepted but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Everyone at the school is encouraging and helpful, be it the teachers or other students.
What I enjoy most about learning with them is that it’s not just a case of “monkey see, monkey do”. Things are broken down for you in practical and theory lessons which then give you the correct tools to go away on your own and start to understand the music you want to play. I believe that this is what has kept me fascinated and constantly wanting to learn more.
I achieved one of my life goals to play in a band to an audience thanks to Jonathan, Owen and Kev and I can hand on heart say that wouldn’t have happened without them. I would recommend them without a second’s hesitation.
Jag Panesar - Bradford
I'd wanted to play guitar in a band for as long as I could remember and Music Nation Leeds helped me achieve one of my life goals! Jon and Kev were brilliant from the beginning. They brought the bands together based on the type of music we were into and taught us the technical and practical elements involved in playing with other musicians. They coached us through the whole process, encouraged us every step of the way and to make it even more enjoyable, they're a good laugh to be around! I'm really looking forward to being part of the next performance!
Tom Paget - Bradford
Thanks for setting up the student gig. I can't tell you how good it felt to
be playing guitar with other people in a band - and that people came and
watched. I was nervous as hell so glad the audience knew what it was about
and were really supportive. Also huge thank you to Drummer Kev for
supporting the rehearsals and being really flexible with his time. Who knew
you could have that much fun after a couple of months of practice!
Looking forward to the next one already!
For any mums out there who are looking for a great music school for their budding rock stars, I can highly recommend Music Nation. My son was 12 and just better than a beginner when he started his lessons. He made very quick progress under Owen's tuition, despite him having concentration difficulties. Owen pitched his lessons just right, making them highly enjoyable and productive for my son which really encouraged him to put the practice in at home. In just over 8 months, my son is now some considerable way towards playing all the rock songs he wants to. He has also attended several booster classes and master classes which complemented his normal lessons.
As a mum, I was really impressed with how flexible Music Nation is and how they could adapt to my son's changing needs. It's great to see how much he looks forward to his weekly lessons and to share his enthusiasm and passion about his guitar playing now.
Klaira Brennan, parent
Connor has really enjoyed the lessons, Owen has been inspirational! He really feels he has gained more confidence and experience.
Eric Lock, Pupil
Owen has taught me for 5 years now and the lessons are still as fun and challenging now as they were when we started. He has increased not only my confidence and motivation but has been central to me gaining access into Leeds Music College.
Sian Vik, parent
My daughter used to find her old lessons boring and formulaic, Owen uses methods and material relevant to the people he teaches. He is a patient and conscientious teacher, and has a great manner, and doesn't go mad if she hasn't had time to practice!
Barrie McCardle, Head of Music at Queensbury School
Owen has worked brilliantly with the students at Queensbury. His positive attitude, professionalism and rapport with the students has helped them to make great progress in Music.
Tom Howells, Head of Music at Belle Vue Girls School
Owen has this amazing ability to motivate students into wanting to learn. News travelled fast in the school and soon lots of students wanted to learn guitar. The results his students achieved at GCSE were very impressive, and I'm sure are a reflection of the progress they made with Owen.
Mark Smith, Extended Services
Worked wonders with the pupils in such a short time. Thanks so much, the workshops have been great for the kids' ability and confidence.
Bally Flora, parent
Very good setup. One of the best opportunities offered to the kids. Full credit to Owen who gives excellent leadership and encouragement.
Tom Banks, pupil at Bruntcliffe School
I got to see how a real band would work and record. The artists were really friendly, patient and polite, they were awesome! They talked to you like adults and were laid back and relaxed. It's the best experience ever, I'd come back next week if I could!
Lee Vincent (Pulled Apart By Horses)
Kev has helped me in so many aspects of my drumming, from his limitless knowledge of equipment and tuning, to how to approach my drumming mentally. He is a great drum tech and also provided invaluable technical assistance during the recording of our 'Tough Love' album.
I have made a lot more progress now I have a 1 to 1 with Kev. His teaching style is top notch as he teaches me in a way that I understand. The new studios are fab with a lot of space and now I'm not frightened of making some noise. Kev is also patient and a nice guy.
Kev taught my daughter to play the drums when she was very young. She was shy and not at all confident with people she didn't know but Kev has a lovely way with people and she took to him straight away and was relaxed enough with him to really enjoy and learn from the lessons.
He is patient and relaxed, and can adapt his teaching style to suit his different student needs making the sessions fun and informative. I would recommend Kev to anyone wanting to either take up drumming or progress to a more advanced level.
When Kevin gave me drum lessons i was about 10 and he was a good teacher because he made them fun and interesting and i can still remember what he taught me 5 years later. I would recommend him to people who want to learn how to play drums or get better.