Instrumental and Vocal Tuition

Overview

Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias offers one-to-one music tuition by a team of experienced professional musicians. Children and adults of all ages are welcome to take up lessons which are offered on a wide range of instruments and voice. 

Tuition is given at our main Centre in Galeri Caernarfon and at our Denbigh Branch at Theatr Twm o’r Nant, Denbigh. Regular weekly or fortnightly lessons are offered which enables each student to develop their skills on their chosen instrument. Students who wish to take exams are offered the opportunity to follow the ABRSM or Trinity College London examination syllabuses and several of our guitarists and drummers choose to sit Rock School exams.  

Our aim is to inspire and support our students and provide additional opportunities to enhance their music education. Throughout the year, various performance opportunities are offered in addition to Music Theory tuition, Ensemble classes, Workshops and Master Classes. Lessons are offered daily during school terms.

We advise new students to come for a consultation lesson. You are welcome to contact us for any advice, and we will do our best to meet your needs. The Friends of Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias have established a Bursary Scheme to help ensure that anyone, regardless of their financial circumstances, can benefit from the tuition offered by CGWM. Any student under the age of 18 (or in exceptional circumstances up to 25) is welcome to apply for a bursary. The Friends organise various fundraising events throughout the year to support the work of the Canolfan. Many of these events forge links between the Canolfan and the community it serves. Since its formation in 1997, the Friends have contributed over £85,000 towards Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias. Become a member today! 

Facilities

Tuition is given in purpose built teaching rooms at our main centre in Galeri Caernarfon. All tuition spaces have upright pianos including Kawaii, Yamaha, Kemble, and Rieger Kloss. Advanced pianists are also given the opportunity to perform on a Steinway Grand Piano at formal CGWM Concerts held in Galeri Caernarfon’s Theatre. At our Denbigh branch tuition is given in the main auditorium and two smaller rooms which have pianos.

Other instruments provided for tuition include:

  • Lever and Pedal Harps
  • Drum Kits & Marimba
  • Amps are provided where needed for Guitar tuition

For tuition on any other instrument, students are expected to bring their own. Please contact us if this is not possible. 

An important factor that Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias takes seriously is security and protection of all individuals who have contact with us. Many activities involve participation by children, and we are in regular contact with vulnerable adults. We operate a strict Safeguarding policy and ensure that all members of staff and tutors are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). All one-to-one tuition rooms have small windows in the doors, and a members of staff is present in the office during teaching hours.

Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias Caernarfon is located at Galeri Arts Centre. The building includes a café and sitting area serving food and refreshments. The building also contains performing spaces including two studios and a theatre which the Music Centre uses regularly for various workshops, masterclasses, concerts and festivals. Toilets and disabled toilets are available on each floor, and the building welcomes guide dogs. Disabled parking and limited pay and display parking is available outside the building. Other pay and display carparks are available a short walking distance away.

Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias Denbigh is located at Theatr Twm o’r Nant. The building includes a sitting area with tables. As well as teaching rooms, the building consists of a theatre which the Music Centre uses for various workshops and concerts. There is wheelchair access to the building, toilets and disabled toilets are available, and guide dogs are welcome. There is disabled and limited parking available at the theatre car par, on-street parking is available, and public car parks are a short walking distance away.

Tutors

All tutors at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias are full time professionals within the arts sector, mainly dividing their career in performance and education. All tutors are experienced, committed and inspirational individuals.