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B. Colin Ranken France


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"Firstly a word of thanks. I started playing guitar at around the age of 12 though my interest in music started long before that - it just took me that long to persuade someone to buy me an instrument! Thanks Mum. I played contemporary guitar intuitively for many years until I began music studies as a mature student, initially with Dave Green, who taught me basic classical technique and how to read music. David Green was probably the single most important and significant musical influence in my life at that time, as it was he that gave me the confidence to take those first tentative steps into the world of the classical guitar and subsequently the ability to climb the mountains that would undoubtedly rear up in front of me with the passing of time!
My hope is that all students will find their ‘Dave.”
Thanks Dave......."

Colin Ranken

Colin has played in a variety bands that have covered genres from blues to contemporary jazz.

He studied classical guitar with Dave Green, and completed ABRSM exams to Grade 8. At Canterbury Christ Church University he continued his studies under the tutelage of Jeff Alexander and the world-renowned guitarist John Mills, he was accredited with a single honours degree before completing his PGCE as a KS2/3 music specialist.

Colin worked for Kent Music School, one of the largest music schools in the world, for ten years, where he taught music theory and classical and contemporary guitar. He also ran the Junior Guitar Ensemble. The school’s 'Ashford' guitar ensemble was invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall Junior Proms on no less than two occasions.

Colin has since worked in a variety of schools in the UK as a class teacher and music specialist before traveling to the UAE in 2007 to set up the music department at RAK Academy, 2012/13 were spent at DBS Dubai. Colin has now relocated to France where he currently teaches Classical and Contemporary Guitar, Music Theory and Ukulele.

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