Drawing on two decades of musical experience and with a great passion for sharing knowledge and ideas, Cohen is a highly respected teacher. Cohen offers tuition in all manner of settings, from one-on-one instrumental tuition to large group workshops and just about everything in between, with students of all ages. Anyone interested in arranging tuition with Cohen or just wanting advice should get in touch using the contact page.
Since 2015, Cohen has worked with countless students across the world, delivering over 400 hours of one-on-one lessons each year.
Cohen offers tuition on Anglo concertina or Melodeon, either online or in person. Tuition is tailored to each student’s needs is offered to all abilities, whether you are an experienced player just looking for a few new ideas, or you’ve just picked up the instrument, Cohen is sure to have something for you!
What can we learn?
- Starting out on the concertina; finding your way around the keyboard and learning some basic tunes and exercises.
- Learning how to apply some basic accompaniments to your tunes.
- Learning how to ornament and decorate your tunes.
- Learning how to use the concertina to accompany songs.
- Taking the concertina to a more advanced setting; exploring new key signatures; adding more complex chordal accompaniment and counter melodies; exploring classical repertoire on the concertina.
I can create concertina tablature for students if desired – click here for a sample.
As standard I offer lessons on the C/G Anglo concertina, I also offer tuition on G/D instruments, and I also have concertinas in the bass and piccolo range for students that want to explore more unusual instruments.
Online vs in person
I offer lessons either online or in person each of these two settings pose their own unique set of benefits and challenges.
One-on-one lessons in person are great for those that like personal touch and immediacy that is harder to achieve through online lessons.
I am currently based in North Wales, however as a travelling musician, I regularly visit almost all corners of the country and I have delivered lessons in person in across the UK. For more details, please get in touch.
Online lessons are a great way for me to connect virtually with students across the world. In my time teaching online I have worked with students from throughout the UK and across Europe and North America.
I deliver these online lessons using Skype and the process is much simpler than you might think, here are a few tips to make the process as smooth as possible:
Feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions related to online lessons.
|1 hour one-on-one lesson||£32|
|2 hour one-on-one lesson||£59|
|6 hour block booking||£162|
Online lessons work in much the same way as conventional face-to-face lessons. There are a few compromises that need to be made to work within the limits of the technology (don’t worry, I will explain these in our first lesson). I usually use Skype for these lessons, though I have used other programmes and am happy to use alternatives if you would prefer. For further details regarding online lessons, please get in touch.
If you are based in the UK, you have the option of either having lessons in person or having lessons online. Each system has its own advantages (outlined below); ultimately every student is different and if you are still unsure after reading the advantages of each system below, why not send me a message for more details.
Advantages of lessons online:
- There is much more flexibility in online lessons, it is much easier for me to fit online lessons into my daily schedule.
- It is easier to have more frequent lessons online.
- You will not need to pay additional fees to cover travel expenses.
Advantages of lessons in person:
- We do not have any of the technical constraints that are posed by online lessons.
- It is easier for you to closely study my playing and for me to closely examine your technique and provide in the moment feedback.
- We can play together in real time - this opens the option of exploring student/ teacher duet pieces.
1 hour one-on-one lesson: £32
2 hour one-on-one lesson: £59
6 hour block booking: £162
I am always happy to consider requests from people looking to book a lesson or a set of lessons as a gift for a family member or friend. These are charged at my usual rates. Get in touch to find out more.
My standard approach to teaching is to use a combination of written music and learning by ear. I believe that both techniques are very valuable and can complement each other. Where students wish, I can also provide advice for improving the music reading ability. However, I am also happy to teach entirely by ear where students prefer this. I make personalised recordings for my students to aid in learning tunes by ear, I can also make resources using melodeon and concertina tablature systems if desired. My approach is tailored to your needs as a musician and student.
I have worked with beginners that have only been playing for a matter of hours, right through to experts that have been playing for most of their life and all ability levels in between. Whatever level you are, I'm sure that we can find some new ideas to explore that will help you develop as a player.
I offer lessons of an hour as standard. For lessons in person, I often recommend two hour lessons, particularly if we are meeting less regularly. Lessons of other lengths are available on request.
As a teacher, Cohen has delivered countless workshops and talks on folk music, focusing on instrumental technique, repertoire development, singing, music theory, composition, and arrangement.
Cohen has worked at numerous festivals and residential courses, led day long workshops in collaboration with several folk clubs and concert venues and delivered workshops to schools and youth organisations.
Recent clients have included EFDSS, Halsway Manor, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Ark Schools, People Express, West Country Concertina Players and Bradford Music Hub, along with folk festivals including Broadstairs, Sidmouth, Whitby and Gower. These workshops have delved into all areas of English folk music and melodeon and concertina playing and have taken all manner of forms. Below are just three examples of the workshops that Cohen offers.
The workshop focuses on tunes that fit nicely on squeezeboxes of all kinds and uses these as a tool to discuss technique, ornaments, variation and other musical skills related to all things squeezable. The workshop in its original form was designed for an hour long session but can be adapted to almost any length. See below for a sample handout of tunes that I have used in these workshops.