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Mike Smith Guitar Academy

For The Very Best In Music Tuition

Welcome to the home page for Worcestershire based business, Mike Smith Guitar Academy. We represent the very best in professional Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, vocal and Drum tuition, and are situated within the heart of the once industrial town of Kidderminster. With excess of 30 years experience in both music retail and guitar tuition, local guitarist and academy proprietor, Mike Smith, prides himself in presenting his students with what he believes to be the very best in 1-2-1 music tuition, at a cost that is both realistic and competitive.

Working in a friendly, structured and professional manner, Mike Smith Guitar Academy caters for the exacting and varying demands of both beginner and advanced student, and accommodates all age groups - currently ranging from 8 to 75 years old! Mike Smith Guitar Academy specialises in offering its clients a progressive and varying range of musical genres that include Rock, Blues, Metal, Folk and Classical. The academy also presents its guitar students with the challenging and exciting option of embarking upon and attaining a range of graded qualifications to complement their musical studies through the Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT), via the University of London. Students who attain high level results in the higher grade RGT exams will also receive UCAS points, which is essential to those students who wish to study Music, or any other subject, at University level. Detailed information regarding exams and the RGT system can be found under the Service Menu. Mike Smith Guitar Academy is also proud to offer a free, no obligation, introductory lesson to all prospective academy students.

As a compliment to the tuition aspect of the business, the academy offers students and customers a range of extra services that include; Gift Vouchers, Electric, Acoustic, Classical and Bass Guitar Re-Strings, Guitar & Bass Set-Ups, general Guitar Maintenance and a range of Guitar Modifications. The academy can also help out with students studying Music Technology, or those musicians wanting to record their songs. For more information regarding any aspect of these additional services, please visit the Service Menu on the site.

Detailed directions to the business are located on the Contact Menu of the academy site, whereby an interactive Google place map will direct any prospective student to the business. Finally, there is free customer car-park situated to the rear of the business. 

Jan 2015 Update!

Sir Bob Geldof commends Kidderminster based business, Mike Smith Guitar Academy, for helping raise funds for the Band Aid30 Ebola Campaign.

Students from Mike Smith Guitar Academy in Kidderminster took part in a special Christmas Show on 18th December. Over 80 students aged from 6 to 67 years old performed a collection of classic Christmas pop songs in front of a capacity filled audience at Stourport Civic Centre. Songs included; A Fairytale in New York, Wish it Could Be Christmas Every Day, Last Christmas and Merry Christmas Everybody - there was even a surprise appearance from a Womble during their take on the popular ‘Wombling Merry Christmas’!

The event was the culmination of months of hard work and dedication by students and tutors alike. Academy owner, Mike Smith said ‘The event was a triumph and I was extremely proud of all the students and their performances, and all those that worked relentlessly behind the scenes’.

The concert also featured a special fund raising event, in aid of the Band Aid30 Ebola campaign. Academy owner, Mike Smith said, ‘Having watched the harrowing media footage of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, alongside the re-release and reworking of the classic Band Aid track ‘Do They Know Its Christmas?’ - Which was released to raise funds, as an aid to the global fight against Ebola. I felt so passionately about the plight, that I decided that I wanted my guitar academy to help in some way or another”. Mike and his students decided to join in the fight and likewise, recreate the classic Band Aid track.  He said ‘The idea was to re-record the track and get the students involved in the recording, with tutors playing the role of the lead vocalists and many of the students helping with backing vocals, while the younger students recorded traditional carols which were then inserted into the middle section of the song, just prior the songs main chorus – it worked beautifully’.

So, having recorded the song, it was decided that during the show, Mike would present a brief talk on the Ebola Crisis and then play the recording to the audience in an attempt to raise funds in respect of the Band Aid30 Ebola campaign. As the song played through the PA, the audience were captivated and began to donate funds in respect of the cause. Within a mere 8 minutes of the song playing, the princely sum of £1000 had been generously donated by the audience.

Sir Bob Geldof on behalf of the Band Aid trustees said “This is amazing! Absolutely mega!! Well done everyone and thank you so very much. What a great crowd of people you are. If everyone was as cool or thoughtful or kind as you guys we'd all be so much better off. It's a lot of money and I want you to know that the effect of your efforts will be that many, many children will now have the possibility of a life with greater expectation and dignity. You should be very proud of yourselves. Well done and thanks again. Bob x”

Mike and his students are now planning to recreate the Live Aid event which will be held on 11th July 2015 to mark the 30th Anniversary of Live Aid. Once again the plan will be to raise funds and a general awareness in respect of the growing Ebola Crisis.

Thank-you for visiting the site. Please feel free to contact me via the Contact Form for any further information regarding any aspect of the business and good luck with your guitar studies!

Mike Smith