Meet The Crew

Mario

The Technique Doctor

Hi I’m Mario. From the moment I picked up my first guitar 14 years ago, I soon realised that this is what I wanted to do with my life. Not only did I enjoy playing the instrument, but my love for teaching was quickly uncovered. I began giving informal lessons to friends and family members who were keen to learn. This only fuelled my passion for teaching and planted the seed that inevitably led to the creation of Music with Mario and Friends. My passion for teaching the instrument is still my primary inspiration and motivation. My aim was to offer the highest quality lessons to students. Lessons that not only give clients the highest quality, but also the best value for money. Being a perfectionist by nature, my teaching style identifies any technical issues my students have. I take great pride in creating technically brilliant guitarists. Whether you’ve never picked up the guitar before, or are a seasoned player who is struggling to progress, I’m confident I can assist you in becoming a skilled, technically brilliant guitarist.

Sergio

The Fretboard Wizard

Hi I’m Sergio. I’ve been playing guitar for around 15 years. Here at Music with Mario and Friends, I specialise in teaching the art of improvising. Now what is improvising? Improvising is a skill that allows you to play over a piece of music spontaneously without ever having rehearsed or prepared. It’s sort of like free-styling, but for guitar. Whatever style floats your boat, whether it’s Funk, Classical, Rock or Metal, we’ll delve into the theory of the genre, and learn how it actually works. The more techniques you have in your arsenal, the better your improv skills. So you’ll learn a wide variety of songs and licks that will utilise techniques such as tapping, sweep picking, legato and economy picking. By the end of this course you’ll be an improvising beast with a high level of technical ability as well as a versatile musician who knows and understands why and how music works.

Jacques

The Songwriter Extraordinaire

Hi I’m Jacques. I’m an experienced and acclaimed musician, singer and songwriter with just over 17 years experience in the live music industry as frontman for indie band Airship Orange and blues rock outfit Shadowclub. I’m also the co-producer, writer and performer of Chambers and in my solo capacity as Jacques Moolman. Apart from the incredible guitar course we provide at Music with Mario and Friends, where learners are taught to master a variety of songs and guitar techniques, I offer an emphasis on songwriting and live music performance to students from all backgrounds and of all ages. My goal is to bring keen beginner guitarists to the place where they’re experienced enough with their instrument to embark on the journey of writing their own songs and want to express themselves using the medium of music.

Chesney

The Piano specialist

Hi I’m Chesney. I’m a pianist and a locally and internationally recognised composer. My music has been played and premiered by various established ensembles at local and international festivals. I have been playing piano for just over 10 years and have completed numerous feats in the academic sectors of music. I have completed my Bachelors degree (Honours) and I am currently finishing my Masters in Music. My personal philosophy about teaching piano is to make learning as accessible as posssible and as fun as possible. There is so much you can do with the right environment and the right amount of dedication and commitment. Alongside piano teaching, I specialise in music theory and composition, making theory as easy and understandable as possible for beginners to advanced musicians. Having a healthy relationship with music as a practice and theory, will develop you into a well rounded and versatile musician. 

Mario

The Technique Doctor

Hi I’m Mario. From the moment I picked up my first guitar 14 years ago, I soon realised that this is what I wanted to do with my life. Not only did I enjoy playing the instrument, but my love for teaching was quickly uncovered. I began giving informal lessons to friends and family members who were keen to learn. This only fuelled my passion for teaching and planted the seed that inevitably led to the creation of Music with Mario and Friends. My passion for teaching the instrument is still my primary inspiration and motivation. My aim was to offer the highest quality lessons to students. Lessons that not only give clients the highest quality, but also the best value for money. Being a perfectionist by nature, my teaching style identifies any technical issues my students have. I take great pride in creating technically brilliant guitarists. Whether you’ve never picked up the guitar before, or are a seasoned player who is struggling to progress, I’m confident I can assist you in becoming a skilled, technically brilliant guitarist.

Sergio

The Fretboard Wizard

Hi I’m Sergio. I’ve been playing guitar for around 15 years. Here at Music with Mario and Friends, I specialise in teaching the art of improvising. Now what is improvising? Improvising is a skill that allows you to play over a piece of music spontaneously without ever having rehearsed or prepared. It’s sort of like free-styling, but for guitar. Whatever style floats your boat, whether it’s Funk, Classical, Rock or Metal, we’ll delve into the theory of the genre, and learn how it actually works. The more techniques you have in your arsenal, the better your improv skills. So you’ll learn a wide variety of songs and licks that will utilise techniques such as tapping, sweep picking, legato and economy picking. By the end of this course you’ll be an improvising beast with a high level of technical ability as well as a versatile musician who knows and understands why and how music works.

Jacques

The Songwriter Extraordinaire

Hi I’m Jacques. I’m an experienced and acclaimed musician, singer and songwriter with just over 17 years experience in the live music industry as frontman for indie band Airship Orange and blues rock outfit Shadowclub. I’m also the co-producer, writer and performer of Chambers and in my solo capacity as Jacques Moolman. Apart from the incredible guitar course we provide at Music with Mario and Friends, where learners are taught to master a variety of songs and guitar techniques, I offer an emphasis on songwriting and live music performance to students from all backgrounds and of all ages. My goal is to bring keen beginner guitarists to the place where they’re experienced enough with their instrument to embark on the journey of writing their own songs and want to express themselves using the medium of music.

Chesney

The Piano Specialist

Hi I’m Chesney. I’m a pianist and a locally and internationally recognised composer. My music has been played and premiered by various established ensembles at local and international festivals. I have been playing piano for just over 10 years and have completed numerous feats in the academic sectors of music. I have completed my Bachelors degree (Honours) and I am currently finishing my Masters in Music. My personal philosophy about teaching piano is to make learning as accessible as posssible and as fun as possible. There is so much you can do with the right environment and the right amount of dedication and commitment. Alongside piano teaching, I specialise in music theory and composition, making theory as easy and understandable as possible for beginners to advanced musicians. Having a healthy relationship with music as a practice and theory, will develop you into a well rounded and versatile musician. 

BENEFITS OF THE LESSONS

Being one of our students not only means that you get all the benefits listed below. It also means that you’re part of a music school that treats every student as an individual and not just another number. A music school with in house coursework that continues to upgrade and evolve into something that is unrivalled. A music school that goes above and beyond to assist students. Contact us today to find out all the ways that we can help you.

 

Popular Songs & Artists

We’re not in the business of teaching students how to play songs. We’re in the business of creating brilliant musicians. Instead of teaching you how to play songs like parrots, we use them to practice the techniques and theory that are covered during the lessons. You’ll be mastering songs, and the skills that go along with them.

Intimate Lessons

We believe in offering only the highest quality, highest value lessons to our students. We offer private one on one or small intimate group classes. Each student attending receives personal attention. This allows our students to grasp techniques from day one. Classes are tailored for each individual or group.

Timing is everything

Private students receive one 30 minute class per week. 30 minutes is the perfect amount of class time. It provides enough time to review work that was done the previous week, as well as cover new material. Group classes are an hour long to ensure all individuals receive personal attention.

Step By Step Classes

We have developed easy to follow, step by step classes for our students. This takes the guess work out of the playing journey. Each lesson progresses into the next. This ensures that your skill level and knowledge increases with each lesson. This way you will never feel overwhelmed or unsure of where to begin.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Music With Mario
5.0
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Peter Christie
Peter Christie
13:18 16 Feb 21
Matthew Malcolm
Matthew Malcolm
10:46 29 Jan 21
Very experienced teachers! Well worth signing up๐Ÿ‘
Phil Conradie
Phil Conradie
18:32 12 Dec 20
Mario is not only professional in his approach and material, he develops a personal relationship with each student making them feel encouraged and enthusiastic about music and the learning process. It has been awesome to see MwM grow from a... one-man-show to a multi-instrument, enthusiastic team of teachers. With the first lesson being free for any prospective student to see if they like the vibe and teachers, there is absolutely no reason not to give MwM a shot.read more
Gibson Misinde
Gibson Misinde
16:14 12 Dec 20
If it happens that you want to learn how to play a guitar, how to read music, and how to do everything about music, then this is your place. With Mario and Friends, you will meet instructors who are professionals and passionate about what they... do.When I started, I didn't even know how to hold a guitar ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚, but through the expertise of Mario and Friends, I am able to do what I have always dreamt of. Music is art, and the best way possible to express yourself. So, come and join me as I learn how to play a guitar.read more
Gregory reed
Gregory reed
05:46 10 Nov 20
Michelle Woods
Michelle Woods
07:10 24 Oct 20
Have a brilliant tutor who has tons a patience! Have gone zero not quite hero but playing songs in a couple of months!
Akailyn Miakista
Akailyn Miakista
11:03 15 Oct 20
If you happen to be on the lookout for a fantastic guitar tutor then look no further than Mario. His enthusiasm for teaching the skill coupled with his progressive teaching style means you will quickly improve your guitar playing. He is quite adept... at progressing those - like myself with no previous guitar experience at all - to playing full songs only after a few months. He carefully structures lessons short enough to get through the fundamentals whilst also making sure the content remains fun and relevant.His energy and passion to teach guitar is quite apparent as is his level of patience.I highly recommend him to anyone thinking about adding the skill of playing guitar to their existing repertoire.Don't overthink it, start your guitar journey soon by giving him a call. ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽถread more
Carmen Landy
Carmen Landy
10:54 08 Oct 20
Craig Duncan
Craig Duncan
04:48 08 Oct 20
I have no musical background whatsoever and have always wanted to play guitar and I thought it was just a dream, but Music with Mario made it possible.I am having so much fun, they have made it so easy to learn how to play and my teacher Sergio is... fantastic. He makes it so much fun and interesting. Can't wait for my next lesson.Thanks guys! Keep up the great workread more
Meryl Mamathuba
Meryl Mamathuba
10:03 06 Oct 20
I have always wanted to play guitar lately but I have been told that guitar is one of the most difficult instruments to learn at my age. Mario changed that, he is a natural teacher and a motivator.
Lucy Gorman
Lucy Gorman
09:43 05 Oct 20
Mario is an excellent guitar teacher, who is not only pleasant but also very organised and accommodating. I like the way he found out from daughter first what she wanted to get out of the guitar lessons, and accommodates her choice of music which... she enjoys. I can highly recommend Music with Mario.read more
Malebo Nyatlo
Malebo Nyatlo
05:43 03 Oct 20
I joined Music with Mario about a year ago. Mario is a very passionate teacher , he's patient and pushes me to improve. I knew nothing about playing, but iv since learned a lot & continue to learn during each lesson.
Gabriela Dzeha
Gabriela Dzeha
20:12 02 Oct 20
I was an extremely nervous beginner guitar player with zero previous guitar experience. It has been just over a year working with Mario and I personally feel that I have learned so much in such a short period of time.Mario's course is great, as... he sets realistic milestones while pushing you to be your best.Mario is a teacher who provides encouragement and and genuine feedback to keep you progressing and learning something new each lesson.I would strongly recommend Music with Mario to anyone who wishes to learn how to play the guitar and channel their inner rockstar.read more
Candy van der Zon
Candy van der Zon
05:56 02 Oct 20
Both my children, aged 9 and 12, thoroughly enjoy their lessons with Sergio. Sergio is great teacher, patient and supportive, and they come out of every lesson having improved. Having found Mario and Sergio has brought back my kidsโ€™ enjoyment of... playing guitar, and for that I am extremely happy and grateful.read more
CSB Bodyfusion
CSB Bodyfusion
05:22 02 Oct 20
Been with Music with Mario for a number of months now, Sergio my teacher has been fantastic.Patient, just enough material to learn, and enough to make sure you pushing yourself and not getting stuck in a comfort zone.Great experience thus far,... considering how frustrating an instrument guitar can be to learn.read more
Brian Matlapeng
Brian Matlapeng
00:15 02 Oct 20
Lauren Van Staden
Lauren Van Staden
19:38 30 Sep 20
Olga-Jean Queen
Olga-Jean Queen
18:28 30 Sep 20
My husband (mid-40's) and I (mid-30's) decided to start guitar lessons ๐ŸŽธ with Mario at the beginning of January 2020. We didn't know our 'A chord' from our 'G string'. But with his expert guidance we are now learning to strum. The way he teaches... is very dynamic by teaching you the chords to play songs. This naturally makes the course very interactive to put the chords you learn to practice with modern songs like Ed Sheeran's - Shape of You. At the start of lockdown we did some of Music With Mario online courses (which are brilliant), then he started doing weekly Skype sessions to analyse our progress. We have since come back to the studio and are greeted with sanitiser before we begin our 1-hour session.Mario is a very modern, efficient and patient teacher that works with you until you can play the song to the same beat as the record label.He always keeps you in the loop of studio updates regarding debit orders and even the latest partnership with Marshall Music where all students get a discount when they need to re-string their guitars or buy a new guitar. The guitars hanging on the wall can be bought as a result of this musical partnership.What we like is the personalisation of the classes, slowing it down until we learn the technique. Mario will even send a mini video which demos the strumming pattern on Whats App so you don't forget when you do your practice session at home.If you are looking at learning guitar online or face-to-face, we definitely suggest you get taught by Mario or one of the other classical guitar teachers at the studio!read more
Noxolo Totshi
Noxolo Totshi
18:09 30 Sep 20
Mario is excellent and very professional. He always communicates and responds promptly whenever I have a query or a concern. My daughter joined Music with Mario in March this year. She has improved so much ever since then and she looks forward to... her weekly lessons. Thank you Sergio ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝread more
Michael Williams
Michael Williams
15:05 30 Sep 20
The instructors are patient, communicate well and know what they're doing.The syllabus is well structured, and the pace of learning fast enough to keep one interested while picking up skills.I'm really happy with the journey so far and am... looking forward to many more lessons with them!read more
Sammy Bamboo
Sammy Bamboo
14:08 30 Sep 20
leroy Williams
leroy Williams
07:47 30 Sep 20
The lessons are really good, the instructor very patient with students will highly recommend Mario Music
Carien Kotze
Carien Kotze
18:43 29 Sep 20
My son enjoy every lesson spend at Marioโ€™s! Highly recommended!
Max Nave
Max Nave
17:56 29 Sep 20
Iโ€™m a older gentleman that has always wanted to learn a musical instrument and guitar was my preference. I found Mario who has taught me how to play and will continue using Mario to gain knowledge on the guitar and continue playing music. Well... worth it and a real great experience! Thank you Mario!read more
Wilma McLoun
Wilma McLoun
16:57 29 Sep 20
Mario has been patient with my very introvert daughter, and has developed her into a good guitar player! The method used to teach the guitar is very effective.
Rola Aagha
Rola Aagha
13:54 29 Sep 20
Whoever has a passion for guitar playing and thought that itโ€™s impossible for them like I thought before coming to Music With Mario , I tell you that thatโ€™s the best place for you to live your passion. A very big thank you to Music With Mario... for making my dream come true. Also the best place for teaching your kids the art of playing the guitar ๐ŸŽธโค๏ธread more
Allan Manser
Allan Manser
13:12 29 Sep 20
Sergio is a dedicated tutor who is very patient and goes out of his way to help and is full of encouragement. Mario makes an effort accommodate lessons even during times of load shedding. Highly recommended
Azolile Mbanga
Azolile Mbanga
11:35 29 Sep 20
Susan Kadima
Susan Kadima
11:27 29 Sep 20
We have enjoyed every moment from the time we joined Music with Mario. My daughter has learned so much and has grown from strength to strength , she absolutely enjoyed her guitar and music in general. Gets straight A's. Thankyou sooo much Mario... fro walking this journey with our daughter you are the best.read more
Charvana Diar
Charvana Diar
11:27 29 Sep 20
Learning to play the guitar is not easy but it has been the best decision i have ever made to start developing my skills from scratch at Music with Mario. So far it has been the most fun experience with the most professional and highly skilled... teacher yet !read more
Berdine Pohl
Berdine Pohl
11:08 29 Sep 20
My 7 year old recently started with lessons and she loves it. The service is refreshingly personal and fun. Highly recommended!!
Jacqui Webb
Jacqui Webb
11:04 29 Sep 20
Brilliant Teacher, my son loves his guitar lessons.
Quenten White
Quenten White
10:56 29 Sep 20
Great team with a good approach to teach anyone from beginner to pro
Rajeev Saxena
Rajeev Saxena
10:48 29 Sep 20
"Music with Mario" is an amazing place to learn Guitar. To teach Guitar to someone like me with no prior knowledge of Guitar or of music in general, the instructor needs to be extremely patient. My instructor Sergio has that patience to teach... someone like me. Further, they are very prompt with their communictaion and transparent in their transactions.read more
kris michal
kris michal
10:46 29 Sep 20
Sherrie Lowe
Sherrie Lowe
10:45 29 Sep 20
Great for beginners!
Michele de Kreek
Michele de Kreek
10:30 29 Sep 20
Kj J
Kj J
10:21 29 Sep 20
Leslie King
Leslie King
10:20 29 Sep 20
Excellent guitar tuition would strongly recommend to anyone
Allan Cartey
Allan Cartey
10:19 29 Sep 20
Awesome learning experiences.
Vhafunani Tshishonga
Vhafunani Tshishonga
10:18 29 Sep 20
Darren Andrei Pillay
Darren Andrei Pillay
09:24 29 Sep 20
My experience with Music with Mario has been exceptional. They are professional and relate to you as an individual which makes learning easier and quicker. I was nervous picking up a musical instrument as an adult however after 6 months I'm... extremely confident with it. I highly recommend Music with Mario.read more
Lenel Oosthuizen
Lenel Oosthuizen
09:18 29 Sep 20
Absolutely love what I got from these lessons. My teacher Sergio has such talent, patience and the ability to break down complicated cords and guitar playing so that anyone can understand and accomplish these awesome skills.
Devashni Dionisio
Devashni Dionisio
09:18 29 Sep 20
aldrin govindasamy
aldrin govindasamy
07:14 29 Sep 20
I already had a good working knowledge of playing guitar prior to going for lessons. I joined Music with Mario to move to a new level.Music with Mario helped fill in the gaps for bad technique, understanding and applying music theory. The classes... were customised, with the instructor adjusting the lesson plan to suit your development. This makes the lesson challenging and enjoyable at the same time. This has me playing as much as possible.I would highly recommend if you are interested in playing guitar, or want to improve your current skills.read more
Oatlegile Kgosinkwe
Oatlegile Kgosinkwe
05:17 14 Mar 20
Sean Howell
Sean Howell
21:43 12 Oct 19
Mario got me inspired to play guitar again. A very cool guy, talented and patient. Highly recommend!
Walter Bonk
Walter Bonk
14:05 04 Jun 19
Mario is a super chilled guy, great instructor very patient.
M name
M name
13:29 04 Jun 19
Mario is a very talented tutor. He teaches with passion. Mario treats my child with such respect, care and patience. My son (now 7) enjoys his classes and he has grown so much since he joined Mario's music school almost 2 years ago.The classes are... short and to the point - so convenient.read more
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