I have found that most people need to feel believed in to do anything well. This is always my starting point when meeting a new student, and it means my primary interest is invariably getting to know them and how they work, so that both of us can get the most out of one another. I see the tutor's role not so much as a leader, but as someone who nudges the student in the direction of an idea or an answer, by asking the right questions. When that works, I think it can be so rewarding, and a lot of fun!
As a jazz pianist with a degree in music now studying a Master of Science, I am very comfortable tutoring a diverse age range across core secondary education subjects. I have 7 years of tutoring experience, and particularly enjoy teaching music theory and history, classical and jazz piano, French, and English literature from primary school level through to A level or IB. I have also worked as an academic mentor and assisted with Oxbridge applications. I am based in London and can be contacted by email or phone.
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London School of Economics and Political Science 2019-2020
• MSc in Social Anthropology (currently undertaking).
University of Cambridge 2016-2019
• BA (Hons) in Music, class: Double First.
• Awards: David Thompson Scholarship for academic achievement; Reinstein Prize for Jazz; Pointon Prize for contribution to music; Student Teaching Award For Inclusive Practice; Accompanist Scholarship; Choral Scholarship.
Tonbridge Grammar School 2009-2016
• International Baccalaureate Diploma, 41 points (4 A* eq.) Subjects including Mathematics, Biology, Geography and French.
• Awards: Head Teacher’s Prize; Hemsted Award for contribution to music.
• 10 IGCSEs at A*, including 100% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Pianist at Hivemind Productions 2016-present
• Permanent residency at London’s Hen and Chickens Theatre, including during Cambridge term time.
• Played two improvised musical shows per day for a fortnight run at Edinburgh Fringe, every August.
• Devised strategies to optimise publicity efforts and successfully increased profits on the show.
• Collaborated with other theatre troupes to run public and corporate masterclasses and workshops.
Subject Tutor at Tonbridge Grammar School 2015-2017
• Taught Mathematics and French on IGCSE, A level and IB syllabuses to small classes and one-to-one.
• Set, marked and communicated constructive, critical feedback on regular assignments.
• Tailored teaching style and assignment difficulty to the emotional and learning needs of individuals.
• Dedicated additional hours to creating audio resources for French Oral exam students, including composing and recording songs in French, and setting up a mock French radio station.
Demonstrator and Recitalist at Finchcocks Baroque Keyboard Museum 2014-2015
• Delivered talks and ran detailed public discussions on the history of the instrument collection.
• Performed newly-learned keyboard repertoire to visiting audiences every week.
• Adapted communication style to suit children, the hard of hearing and French speakers.
Subject Tutor at Leigh Primary School 2013-2016
• Taught Mathematics on 11+, KS2 and SATS syllabuses to small classes and one-to-one.
• Provided academic support to 11+ pupils, ensuring all secured high marks in the final exam.
• Prepared and led additional English literature classes for pupils identified as “Gifted and Talented”.
10,000 word Dissertation: on the conditions of nostalgia in Reagan-era America 2018-2019
• Identified and analysed a wide range of primary historical sources including Reagan’s campaign speech transcripts and seventeenth century medical papers documenting the origins of nostalgia.
• Undertook original and outward-facing analyses of Reagan-era popular culture texts using principles of semiotics.
• Presented a compelling argument for a new understanding of how nostalgia manifests in consumer culture, grounded in examples from the era studied.
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (CONT.)
8,000 word Dissertation: on gender in nineteenth century Germany 2017-2018
• Evaluated a comprehensive set of analytical techniques in historical musicology, showing how modes of analysis impact research outcomes.
• Addressed complex and highly debated positions on historical and cultural relativism.
• Contributed suggestions to the discipline which make a historical understanding of gender relevant to the present moment, gaining a First Class mark for the paper.
EXPERIENCE IN LEADERSHIP, TEAMWORK AND PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY
Composer, arranger and pianist for Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra 2017-2019
• Composed, rehearsed and played original repertoire for the competitively auditioned flagship jazz ensemble of the university.
• Balanced demanding academic commitments with regular concerts and workshops in London.
• Motivated sectional rehearsals to reliably guarantee a professional standard of performance.
Musical Director and pianist for Homerton College Jazz Orchestra 2016-2018
• Organised and led weekly rehearsals, responding to differing levels of ability and commitment.
• Showed responsibility for the ensemble in liaising with external institutions over concert proposals.
• Established and maintained the ensemble’s publicity output, including social media presence.
Recitals Manager and Coordinator of Jazz in the Bar Concert Series 2016-2018
• Organised fortnightly college lunchtime recitals featuring musicians from diverse backgrounds.
• Showed logistical initiative by sourcing equipment, delegating tasks and following protocols.
• Corresponded professionally with colleagues under challenging circumstances.
Student Correspondent for a Percussion Masterclass with Evelyn Glennie May-October 2018
• Recruited and briefed masterclass candidates from across the university.
• Conducted email interviews and video conversations with Evelyn, including sensitive discussion of the complicated topic of deafness and our attitudes towards listening.
• Ensured operations ran efficiently in the tight schedule anticipating the masterclass.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES: ISSUES OF GLOBAL IMPORTANCE
Volunteer at Cambridge Amnesty International Society 2017-2019
• Drafted petition letters campaigning for the release of prisoners under house arrest.
• Fundraised directly for the charity through concerts and discussion forums, hosted independently.
Independent work with Cambridge City Council to address issues of homelessness 2017-2019
• Strategised and proposed an innovative solution to staff shortages at local clothing banks which involved the use of council-owned, unmanned donation bins.
• Supported proposal resourcefully using evidence for its likely efficiency, by quoting figures from open access minutes in City Council committee meetings.
Active member of Cambridge International Development Society 2017-2019
• Contributed plentifully to debates in a “Decolonising Development” series, verbally and in writing.
• Wrote and published a satirical cartoon highlighting issues in development to a wider audience.
• Campaigned for university catering companies to stop the use of plastic and paper takeaway tupperware, setting an example by strictly sourcing all groceries plastic-free, from local markets.
• Languages: English (native), French (professional proficiency), learning German.
• Computer skills: Complete proficiency in MS Office, Adobe, basic HTML, social media for publicity.
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