Lucas is available for private lessons and draws on a wealth of teaching experience. He holds a Bachelor of Education (Music) and has taught for a period of twenty five years. His teaching style is characterised by a warm, generous spirit that values humour and curiosity within each learning environment.. A genuine wish and willingness to share his love of music underlies all of his teaching.
Lucas has a leaning towards finger style and jazz guitar. Within these genres, he has developed efficient and effective methods to assist students in acquiring a mastery in: technique, aural perception, harmony, theory, improvisation and composition. The key for him, lies in ensuring that the material is always relevant and grounded in the music.
Besides the 'nuts and bolts' Lucas welcomes the opportunity to explore the intangible elements - helping to facilitate students identify and overcome their self-imposed learning obstacles and limitations. This requires great confidence and skill on the teacher's part and the cultivation of a nurturing, trusting environment. Through his study of Alexander Technique, Lucas also acknowledges the significant yet often overlooked - role body plays in developing grace and flow in musical execution.
Over the years Lucas has been privileged to have studied/ attended master classes with extraordinary teachers: Ted Greene, Tuck Andress, John Scofield, Pat Martino, Jim Hall, Pierre Bensusan and Ed Gerhard.
Lucas is an ongoing instructor at the University of Melbourne (10 years) and Melbourne Polytechnic (20 years). He has also conducted workshops in Australia, the USA and South Korea. Online teaching examples can be viewed here. For further information contact Lucas directly. Skype lessons are also available.