Alongside performing and composing, education has always been a passion of Aengus.
With over ten years experience as a guitar teacher, he is committed to his students’ needs and enthusiastic about their learning. As well as giving his students a solid grounding in technical and theoretical aspects of the guitar, Aengus adds as much enjoyment into his lessons as possible and transmits his love of music to the student.

Aengus’ teaching credentials are diverse. Since 2013 he has taught a wide range of levels and styles to students at Galway Music Academy.
The National University of Ireland, Galway asked Aengus to be a visiting guest teacher as part of their 2012 Arts in Action Programme, where he gave a jazz masterclass.
Since 2012, Aengus has conducted many workshops in primary and secondary schools Galway City and County schools as part of Galway Jazz Festival’s Youth Outreach Scheme. From 2012-2013, he was on the faculty of Guitar Academy, the largest and most popular private guitar school in Amsterdam.

Aengus holds a first class honours Bachelor in Jazz Performance from the prestigious Conservatory of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Here he studied with the cream of the fertile Dutch jazz guitar scene, such as world-famous Jesse Van Ruller. As well as this he received tutelage from one of the Netherlands’ most in-demand pop/rock session guitarists, Arnold Van Dongen. During his time in Holland, Aengus also studied pedagogy, composition, arranging, technology and World Music, such as West-African Kora and the rhythmic theory of South-Indian Carnatic music.
Aengus has also studied at the renowned Skidmore Jazz Institute in New York. During his time in the US, he had the opportunity of studying with some very distinguished performers in the jazz and pop world, such as Wayne Krantz (Steely Dan) and Grammy nominee Bobby Shew. Aengus is also a former student of Irish jazz guitar stalwart Mike Nielsen, currently the Director of Jazz Performance at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

STUDY WITH AENGUS

It is possible to study guitar with Aengus at his home in Galway City Centre.
If you or someone you know would like to take guitar lessons with Aengus, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing info@aengushackett.com.

For prospective students in North / East Galway, Aengus also teaches guitar and ukelele in Claregalway, Co. Galway at the Galway Music Academy.
Depending on demand and availability, Aengus can conduct lessons in other schools in Galway City and County. Please contact for details.

Aengus teaches students of all ages, levels and styles.
Lessons can be conducted one-to-one, or in a group setting with up to five students. You can also study different subjects with Aengus, such as music theory or jazz performance & repertoire (as a different instrumentalist, for example, if you are a vocalist).

It is also possible to buy a voucher for guitar lessons, which could be a perfect gift for a friend or loved one.

AENGUS’ TEACHING ETHOS:

Aengus’ extensive studies of guitar at high-level institutes have endowed him with the skills necessary to effectively teach his students. He knows what it takes to be a diligent and accomplished music student, and this is something he can pass on to his students.

  • Aengus is highly committed to his students’ needs and wants. These are an important part of learning, both going with what a student wants to learn but also broadening their knowledge and tastes, turning them into a discerning musician.
  • Aengus tries to give students as diverse an education as possible. He does this through introducing them to music they haven’t heard before, more music in the styles they prefer, a wide range of repertoire and several different techniques.
  • It is Aengus’ intention to give students the tools necessary to study on their own. Not to rely only on their teacher or books but to transcribe records themselves and understand what they are hearing.
  • Jazz students will be introduced to and given a solid grounding in many aspects of jazz guitar. They will gain the tools necessary to effectively improvise, accompany and play in a jazz ensemble. Several styles of jazz can be covered, and well as different approaches to improvising. These tools are useful not only in a jazz context, but in all styles of music.
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