I have opted to take some Pedagogy courses: these courses helped me to understand different piano methodologies such as Orff, Alfred, Suzuki, Kòdaly etc, that provide musical notions as well as repertoires at different stages of learning. Some of these piano methods use colorful notations and playful musical themes that give children an attractive visual approach to the musical learning process.
My strength in IT skills enable me to make a creative use of colour and graphics to enhance the presentation of the songs in order to make children immediately interested and keen to learn new pieces of music. At the end of the lesson each child has the opportunity to perform to demonstrate what they had learnt during the lesson. I also give them some feedback in order to improve their learning by using different strategies such as playing myself. I also request feedback from the children. They usually like my lessons. For example, one child said that learning a new songs using colours was a fun way of learning.
My lessons are tailored according to the students' age, needs (playing for examination or hobby, for example), and background. I provide a gradual preparation for the exams and I tailor the programme for the exam according to the students' preferences of pieces and their technical abilities.
I believe that my skills and experiences enable me to provide music tuition to children and young people giving them the opportunity to develop musical skills that are very important to stimulates their creativity and, for the youngest, build musical meaning in order to express themselves through the imagination of music.
I am an energetic and enthusiastic person and engage very well with the children and young people (I have an up-to-date CRB check/DBS certificate). I have achieved the ABRSM grade 8 in piano and grade 6 in theory of music. In addition, I have completed a Piano Diploma at the Conservatoire “Arturo Toscanini” in Ribera, Italy. I am a qualified piano teacher. I attended several courses of piano pedagogy in Rome and music tutor training in London.
I worked as a classical pianist and traditional music performer during my music studies at the Conservatoire and University . Also, thanks to the Every Child a Musician (ECaM) local music tutor programme organized by the Borough of Newham in London, I was able to work as teacher assistant at "Roman Road" primary school in Newham. Currently, I am a PhD tutor working in different high schools in North London (I have an up-to-date CRB check/DBS certificate) and I am also providing private piano tuition to children and adults at different levels. I prepare students for national examinations (Trinity and ABRSM) from initial to grade 8.
£35 (Beginners equiv. grade I and II)
£40 (Intermediate equiv. grade III and IV)
£45 (Advance equiv. grade V and VI)
£50 (Degree level equiv. VII and VIII)
2013 -2019 PhD in Music, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
2006- 2010 Master Degree Musicology, University “La Sapienza”, Rome (Score: 110 cum laude/110)
2003- 2006 Bachelor Degree Music, University of Palermo, Italy (Score: 107/110)
1995- 2005 Diploma Piano, Musical Institute “Arturo Toscanini” of Ribera (Agrigento), Italy (Score: 9/10)
1994- 2002 Grade 1-8 exams: Piano and Theory of Music, Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM), London (passed with merit and distinction)
January 2014- February 2014: Music Tutor Assistant, "Roman Road" Primary School, Roman Road,
Newham, London E6 3SQ
2012 -2013: Volunteer at Oxfam Bookshop, London
2008- 2010: Gamelan Performer, Embassy of Republic of Indonesia to The Holy See, Rome, Italy
2004- 2005: Accordionist “Sicilian traditional chants and music”, University of Palermo
1996- 1998: Pianist “Young Musician Concert”, A.N.F.E , Sicily Region, Italy
2014: Graduate Teaching Assistant (Module 1), SOAS, University of London
2013-2014: Every Child a Musician (ECaM) Local Music Tutor Training Programme, London
2010-2011: Piano Pedagogy Certificate, "Donna Olimpia" School of Music, Rome
2003-2005: Master class of Piano, Music Student’s Association, Republic of Malta
Italian (mother tongue)
English (fluent in spoken and written)
French (Good command)
Khmer (Good command)
Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point
Audacity program, Sybelius, Finale.
2009 The Top 3rd in 1st National Competition of Piano Duet in Palermo, Italy
Perfect! Francesca is a lovely, patient and passionate piano teacher. Her piano lessons are structured, purposeful but can be tailored to meet our needs for specific focused areas. She has a wonderful singing voice which is helping to bring out the confidence in my children on the Aural component of the ABRSM exam preparation. Happy to recommend Francesca!
Francesca is a wonderful piano teacher. She is very professional and knowledgeable.
Her teaching style is excellent, she adjusts easily to the level of experience you have. She works with you on your goals and assigns very balanced pieces for practice, in order to improve your technique and for the soul.
She explains difficult concepts very well and breaks them down in bite sized pieces.
I always look forward to my lessons with her.
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