Guitar Lessons in West London

“Having taught my son for close to two years, the improvement in technique and musicianship has been enormous. Donald is extremely professional and has been a great inspiration for my son. For a ten year old to be working at grade six, in such a short time, credit must go to this outstanding teacher. Both my wife and I would highly recommend him as a guitar teacher of the finest calibre.” L & P P Kingston upon Thames

Donald Bousted is a highly experienced teacher of guitar with a successful private practice in West London.  He teaches in Teddington, Kingston, Thames Ditton, Long Ditton, Richmond, The Hamptons and Twickenham. Donald has full public liability insurance and receives regular DBS checks through his work for two educational providers. All lessons are at your home and quoted prices include travel.


Background and Experience

In addition to an established private practice, Donald is a part-time teacher for Berkshire Maestros and a deputy musicianship teacher at the Royal College of Music.  He has previously taught for the London Borough of Brent peripatetic service, Haberdasher’s Askes’ School for Girls, The Watford School of Music and The Minster School, York among other private schools in London and York.  He has been an examiner in Classical Guitar for the Guildhall School of Music. He reviewed contemporary guitar music for Classical Guitar magazine for several years in the 1990s. As a performer, he has played throughout the UK and has broadcast on Classic FM.


Approach to Teaching

Donald teaches the principles of guitar technique and music reading (including music tablature) and has had great success entering students for examinations through Trinity College of Music, The Register of Guitar Teachers (through which he is a registered teacher) and Rock School (acoustic and electric syllabuses).  Donald offers expert individual tuition designed to help all his students develop in the broadest sense as musicians.  Donald has benefitted from some excellent teachers including Thomas Hartmann, Antonio Albanes and Oliver Hunt and he thoroughly enjoys the process of passing on the knowledge learned to his students.  Donald teaches complete beginners through to diploma standard in all guitar styles although he is a specialist in classical guitar.



PhD (musical composition); AGSM (guitar teaching); PGCE (music); Post Grad Cert RCM (composition); BA (Hons) (music)


TEL: 07894 098980

Email: donaldbousted [at]

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