Masters in Classical Guitar Performance (University of Alicante, Spain); Master of Music (Music Performance)(VCA & MCM, University of Melbourne); Bachelor of Music (Hons) (VCA & MCM, University of Melbourne); Working With Children Check; Music Teachers’ Association NSW; AMEB Certified Teacher
Evan Hopkins is a passionate guitar teacher with over 10 years experience teaching both privately and in schools. Evan’s love for music first became apparent while receiving guitar lessons at a young age and it is this care and dedication to his instrument that Evan seeks to instil in all his students through his carefully planned lessons. Evan believes that it is through stimulating, engaging and enjoyable lessons that students can achieve their potential and reap the benefits that a music education offers.
Evan’s teaching style is informed by rigorous academic research that he has completed throughout his studies. His Honours graduation dissertation at The University of Melbourne was titled, ‘The Effects of Focused Attention on the Efficiency of Practice: A Preliminary Investigation Into the Practice Behaviours of Guitarists’ and incorporated original data from research undertaken as part of the dissertation. This research corroborated previous studies done in this field that showed that it is only with deliberate and directed practise that progress is made. You can download a free copy of “The Effects of Focused Attention on the Efficiency of Practice” by Subscribing to the newsletter!
During his studies, Evan has observed a great number of the world’s finest classical guitar teachers and performers giving masterclasses including David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Slava Grigoryan, Tim Kain, Pavel Steidl, Ricardo Gallén, Paul O’Dette, Hopkinson Smith and Shin-Ichi Fukuda amongst many others. Watching and participating in these lessons has further crafted Evan’s teaching style into one backed by observation, academic research, personal experience and a practical history of teaching in the studio.
An enthusiastic and attentive teacher, Evan inspires the highest levels of musicianship from his students. Evan’s creative, novel and academically grounded teaching style ensures that students are engaged at all times and excited to pursue a music education.