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Jason James
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Jason James
« As a mature returner to the piano (after a gap of more than twenty years), I was looking for an inspiring teacher who is also sensitive to my idiosyncrasies and bad habits acquired over time. I have to say that in Guido I have experienced an engaging, passionate and inspiring teacher. Not only is he an exceptional pianist, able to 'read' Chopin Etudes with artistry of the likes of some of the great Chopin interpreters, but also a teacher able to inspire through the use of imagery and description of how to shape a phrase or choreograph a hand movement to give the required effect. Further, as typically of a returning student of piano, I struggle with holding too much tension when playing. Guido is able to guide me through a process of altering my tone, relaxing my arms to play in such a way as to improve the sound I make. These subtleties were new to me and I am glad to find a teacher who inspires, expects great things and nurtures my playing while still able to motivate through discussing archetypes, energies and nuances. Further, I have seen students before and after my lessons, from beginners to advanced sixth formers emerge from their lessons similarly enthused. »
£38/h
1st lesson free!
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Response Time 15h
Lessons offered by Guido
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Piano
  • Music Theory
  • Composition
  • Musical keyboard
  • Songwriting
Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • 1st Year
  • 2nd Year
  • 3rd Year
  • 4th year
  • Graduate
  • Doctorate

Highly qualified Piano, Theory, Composition, Brainarm tutor for all levels. Awarded concert pianist and composer in West, NW, SW and Central London

Methodology

I am a qualified and awarded pianist, composer, appointed competition juror and researcher.

Due to my didactic and musical expertise, interpersonal skills and sincere interest in people, I believe to be the right person for this role, thus able to give a significant support to your institute.

I teach piano, music theory, harmony (classical and jazz), music analysis, composition and provide a unique service: compositional coaching for non-musicians, also known as Brainarm.
This is a technique allowing to compose great music straight from the first session without knowing either theory or technique, only by means of the know-how provided by the tutor but without getting influenced by him. It also helps to learn theory basics and composition theory without much effort, starting from composing immediately and not vice versa.

I have more than 15 years of experience, teaching with enthusiasm to adults and children, beginners as well as advanced or professional learners.

My didactic approach is tailored to each student and based upon problem solving.
I also use an innovative method called PTS (Piano Technique Stenography), which has been conceived to solve every music passage in the quickest and easiest way possible, just by using clear and simple symbols written on the score to describe the right movements to employ..

I am DBS checked and can show many references on demand.

Currently I am self-employed working as a private music tutor both at student's place and mine.


I am a qualified and awarded pianist (MMUS), composer (BMUS), Alink-Argerich appointed competition juror
promoting innovative approaches: Brainarm((concealed information)
and PTS((concealed information)

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

Piano, music theory, composition, composition for non-musicians (Brainarm method), harmony, arrangement, counterpoint.
Genres: classical, jazz, modern, experimental.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

- Piano MMUS at Conservatoire of Fermo (Italy) (2006)

- Composition BMUS at Conservatoire of Fermo (Italy) (2006)

- winner of 'On Piano Creativity' Permanent International Contest and a scholarship in 2000.

- Several music courses and masterclasses attended (see official website for details)

- Italian scientific high school (1996)

- How much do you charge?

Trial lesson will be free of charge if I come to your place and thereafter you start the course by seven days, completely free if you come to my place.

The following fees apply if you want me to come to your place:
A) 72£ half an hour
B) 145£ one hour
C) 178£ one hour and a half
D) 194£ two hours
E) 218£ two hours and a half
F) 240£ three hours

For each student of the same family simply sum up the price of any single fee.

The following fees apply if you prefer to come to my place instead:
G) 32£ half an hour or up to one hour (ONLY for each of two or more siblings, otherwise for just one child the fee is H) H) 38£ half an hour or up to one hour I) 56£ one hour and a half J) 75£ two hours.

K) If you prefer to have lesson every 2 weeks, just add 8£ to the choosen fee. If you opt respectively for 2 or 4 hours lesson, such extra won't be applied.
L) If you don't want to commit for a fixed number of lessons per month, we can still go on. Again, simply add 5£ to the fee you have choosen provided you commit for the ordinary number of lessons per term (see the How many lessons should I do every year? section).
M) Should you prefer not to have a fixed number of lessons per term, I will propose a package of a certain number of lessons for an extra per lesson I have to decide (depending on how many lessons you want to do), and in that case the How many lessons should I do every year? section will be ignored.

All travel expenses are included.

- Where do you teach?

I travel mainly in West and Central London.

I will teach at your home or at my place, at your choice.
But if you don't have a piano yet, don't worry, you can come to my flat, otherwise you can rent a piano starting from 20£/month.
This rent will be deducted from the purchase of that instrument if you decide to go on with your piano lessons.
Ask me for more information.

(You can also decide to take a second hand piano for free... Yes! Just have a look on Gumtree, there are so many people getting rid of old pianos. Some of them are working well enough.)

- When are you available?

Please contact me and send your availability in term of days and times and I will do my best to find you a free slot.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

All ages. All levels.

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

Auditions, competitions, ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall grades and Conservatoire exams. GCSE.

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

Skype lessons. I will give you further istructions once you get in touch.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

Everyone has great music inside!

I am a qualified and awarded pianist (MMUS), composer (BMUS), Alink-Argerich appointed competition juror
promoting innovative approaches: Brainarm((concealed information)
and PTS((concealed information)

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

Piano, music theory, composition, composition for non-musicians (Brainarm method), harmony, arrangement, counterpoint.
Genres: classical, jazz, modern, experimental.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

- Piano MMUS at Conservatoire of Fermo (Italy) (2006)

- Composition BMUS at Conservatoire of Fermo (Italy) (2006)

- winner of 'On Piano Creativity' Permanent International Contest and a scholarship in 2000.

- Several music courses and masterclasses attended (see official website for details)

- Italian scientific high school (1996)

- How much do you charge?

Trial lesson will be free of charge if I come to your place and thereafter you start the course by seven days, completely free if you come to my place.

The following fees apply if you want me to come to your place:
A) 72£ half an hour
B) 145£ one hour
C) 178£ one hour and a half
D) 194£ two hours
E) 218£ two hours and a half
F) 240£ three hours

For each student of the same family simply sum up the price of any single fee.

The following fees apply if you prefer to come to my place instead:
G) 32£ half an hour or up to one hour (ONLY for each of two or more siblings, otherwise for just one child the fee is H) H) 38£ half an hour or up to one hour I) 56£ one hour and a half J) 75£ two hours.

K) If you prefer to have lesson every 2 weeks, just add 8£ to the choosen fee. If you opt respectively for 2 or 4 hours lesson, such extra won't be applied.
L) If you don't want to commit for a fixed number of lessons per month, we can still go on. Again, simply add 5£ to the fee you have choosen provided you commit for the ordinary number of lessons per term (see the How many lessons should I do every year? section).
M) Should you prefer not to have a fixed number of lessons per term, I will propose a package of a certain number of lessons for an extra per lesson I have to decide (depending on how many lessons you want to do), and in that case the How many lessons should I do every year? section will be ignored.

All travel expenses are included.

- Where do you teach?

I travel mainly in West and Central London.

I will teach at your home or at my place, at your choice.
But if you don't have a piano yet, don't worry, you can come to my flat, otherwise you can rent a piano starting from 20£/month.
This rent will be deducted from the purchase of that instrument if you decide to go on with your piano lessons.
Ask me for more information.

(You can also decide to take a second hand piano for free... Yes! Just have a look on Gumtree, there are so many people getting rid of old pianos. Some of them are working well enough.)

- When are you available?

Please contact me and send your availability in term of days and times and I will do my best to find you a free slot.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

All ages. All levels.

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

Auditions, competitions, ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall grades and Conservatoire exams. GCSE.

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

Skype lessons. I will give you further istructions once you get in touch.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

Everyone has great music inside!

Background

I have more than 15 years of experience teaching hundreds of students,
from beginners to professionals, 5 y.o. to adults.
I teach classical as well as jazz and other music genres.

In some cases I have helped getting grades and taking exams at Conservatoire.
All were succesfull.



- What kind of experience do you have?

I am 40 y.o. and have been teaching since more than 15 years both in schools and privately.
I am very flexible and have lot of experience in teaching to adults advanced and professional, as well as
beginners and intermediate, regardless their age. I can teach all main music genres including classical, jazz, modern and experimental.

References are available upon request.

I am DBS checked (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) and underwent a Child Protection course.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes.

- Where and with whom did you train?

See my full Biography for details.

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

Cadenza Music.

- Tell me about some of your current students.

I prefer others to talk about me. Please, view my references or ask for further references.

- What kind of experience do you have?

I am 40 y.o. and have been teaching since more than 15 years both in schools and privately.
I am very flexible and have lot of experience in teaching to adults advanced and professional, as well as
beginners and intermediate, regardless their age. I can teach all main music genres including classical, jazz, modern and experimental.

References are available upon request.

I am DBS checked (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) and underwent a Child Protection course.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes.

- Where and with whom did you train?

See my full Biography for details.

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

Cadenza Music.

- Tell me about some of your current students.

I prefer others to talk about me. Please, view my references or ask for further references.

Rates

Transportation Fee : £107
Rate for online lessons : £38/h

Details

The one shown above is the fee for one hour.
For different lenght of lessons see below.


Full list of fees

Fees (any subject: Piano, Composition, Theory, Harmony, Counterpoint, Brainarm)

The following fees apply if you want me to come to your place:
A) 72£ half an hour
B) 145£ one hour
C) 178£ one hour and a half
D) 194£ two hours
E) 218£ two hours and a half
F) 240£ three hours

For each student of the same family simply sum up the price of any single fee.

The following fees apply if you prefer to come to my place instead:
G) 32£ half an hour or up to one hour (ONLY for each of two or more siblings, otherwise for just one child the fee is H) H) 38£ half an hour or up to one hour I) 56£ one hour and a half J) 75£ two hours.

K) If you prefer to have lesson every 2 weeks, just add 8£ to the choosen fee. If you opt respectively for 2 or 4 hours lesson, such extra won’t be applied.
L) If you don’t want to commit for a fixed number of lessons per month, we can still go on. Again, simply add 5£ to the fee you have choosen provided you commit for the ordinary number of lessons per term (see the How many lessons should I do every year? section).
M) Should you prefer not to have a fixed number of lessons per term, I will propose a package of a certain number of lessons for an extra per lesson I have to decide (depending on how many lessons you want to do), and in that case the How many lessons should I do every year? section will be ignored.


Free trial lesson conditions

The first lesson will be free of charge if I come to your place and thereafter you start the course by seven days, completely free if you come to my place or have a Skype lesson.

Lessons offered by Guido
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Piano
  • Music Theory
  • Composition
  • Musical keyboard
  • Songwriting
Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • 1st Year
  • 2nd Year
  • 3rd Year
  • 4th year
  • Graduate
  • Doctorate

Guido's CV

CV

Guido is an Italian pianist, composer and researcher, winner of 'On Piano Creativity' Permanent International Contest and recognised for both his fine playing and his interesting compositions by such famous figures as Alexander Lonquich, Héctor Ulises Passarella, Rodion Shchedrin, Frederic Rzewski, Piero Rattalino and Yoshiko Okada.
His repertoire includes music from Bach to Ligeti as well as his own music (experimental works and innovative jazz arrangements), and also music composed by non-musicians through the Brainarm method, which is his main achievement in the musical research field.

Since 2016 he is an appointed juror of the WPTA International Piano Competition (member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation).

He studied at Conservatoire of Fermo then was awarded a scholarship in 2000; also studied in Conservatoire of Milan, Incontri col Maestro Academy of Imola and École de Musique Mozart in Bruxelles. Finally he graduated in 2006 from Fermo Conservatoire in piano (Mmus) and in compostion (Bmus).

He studied composition with Marco Di Bari, harmony, analysis and counterpoint with Fulvio Delli Pizzi, analysis with Michele Ignelzi, while his piano teachers have included Piero Rattalino, Enrico Belli, Fausto Bongelli and Donella Sabatini. In parallel he also attended piano masterclasses of such great masters as Alexander Lonquich, Boris Petrushansky, Jörg Demus, Franco Scala, Massimiliano Damerini, François-Joël Thiollier, Pierluigi Camicia and Giovanni Valentini; also Pier Narciso Masi and Alain Meunier for chamber music.

His performances in Italy and abroad made him collecting great success as a very communicative and charming musician.
In 1998 he has been the first pianist to perform in Italy Gyorgy Ligeti's works for two pianos.
He is passionate about improvisation and experimentation and has worked in genres ranging from contemporary music, modern jazz and ambient/psychedelic. These experiences have led him to develop his own style, which he terms "Narf", a kind of inside-impressionism characterized by minimal diatonic constructivism. An example of this is in his work Dentro, which is in the catalogues of Orléans Concours International de musique XX siècle.
Where Dentro is sacred inspired, delicate and suspended, the collection Prophandances is very colorful, rhythmical and iconoclastic, taking elements of acid-jazz to create a large form genre out of it.
Among his works are various ensemble and several piano solo pieces.

During the years 2002 to 2004 he took part to Alexander Lonquich's and Marco Di Stefano’s theatre companies, working as a pianist, improviser, composer and actor. In 2004 he wrote and performed some arrangements of famous songs of the early 1900 for the theatre Piccolo Re di Roma.

A complete musician with eclectic artistic personality but also an inventor and a researcher of new methods to teach as well as composition music systems, his formation is full of experiences with various oriental disciplines and philosophies before his definitive discovery of the first century Christianism.
He has taught piano, theory, composition, harmony, arrangement, counterpoint, improvisation in a number of music schools in Italy for approximately 15 years, developing and launching in 2008 a method he has called Analogic, which is focused on developing consciousness through music and tries to describes music through a development of symbols and archetypes, for application in composition, analysis and performance ("from inner-world to outward” is the motto he uses to define it in simple words). This type of approach led him to invent and develop a very helpful system of symbols he called PTS (Piano Tecnique Stenography), to assist pianists and students with approaching a piece of music and learning it without technical mistakes.
In 2012 as well as founding a school known as the Accademia Professionale di Musica, he started making public demonstrations of his Brainarm method, which gives non-musicians tools to compose high quality music without requiring that they have any prior knowledge of theory or technique.
Going against a common belief that it is only possible to compose good quality music once someone is already highly versed in theory and usually an extremely accomplished pianist, the Brainarm method is for anyone: a way of empowering everyone who wants to write music, no matter what their level of musical knowledge. Interestingly, despite taking advantage of the instrumental technique and the experience of the tutor, no influence comes from him during the composition process.


WORK EXPERIENCE:

Freelance piano, theory, harmony, composition teacher and Brainarm tutor in London at Activeinmusic school (present) and Music of Life foundation (present), in Italy at Accademia Professionale di Musica (2011-2013), Lizard Academy (2010-2011), Universo Musica (2008-2010), Liceo Musicale 'Toscanini' (2008), Scuola di Musica 'J. Rodrigo' (2005), Istituto Musicale 'Velluti' (2003-2005). Brainarm tutor at Accademia Professionale di Musica, Freelance music teacher in London.

Performing recitals and Jazz gigs, composing, arranging, analyzing music, writing music articles.

12 reviews on Guido
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.

12 recommendations

Jason James

As a mature returner to the piano (after a gap of more than twenty years), I was looking for an inspiring teacher who is also sensitive to my idiosyncrasies and bad habits acquired over time. I have to say that in Guido I have experienced an engaging, passionate and inspiring teacher. Not only is he an exceptional pianist, able to 'read' Chopin Etudes with artistry of the likes of some of the great Chopin interpreters, but also a teacher able to inspire through the use of imagery and description of how to shape a phrase or choreograph a hand movement to give the required effect. Further, as typically of a returning student of piano, I struggle with holding too much tension when playing. Guido is able to guide me through a process of altering my tone, relaxing my arms to play in such a way as to improve the sound I make. These subtleties were new to me and I am glad to find a teacher who inspires, expects great things and nurtures my playing while still able to motivate through discussing archetypes, energies and nuances.
Further, I have seen students before and after my lessons, from beginners to advanced sixth formers emerge from their lessons similarly enthused.

B
Bawden

My son is nervous as he has lax ligaments and his hands don't always work the way he would like! Guido was patient, kind and very encouraging with my him, and although he didn't continue with piano as he favored the acoustic guitar, he enjoyed his lessons with Guido and I was very grateful to him for his time and patience. My son gained much needed confidence from Guido.

F
François Masson, student's parent and student

Guido is a great piano teacher. He has a lot of patience with children and adapts to the best learning approach depending on the child. An accomplished musician, he is also a great teacher for adults whatever their level."

14/10/2015

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