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« Perfect! Hilary’s knowledge and experience really comes out in her ability to teach and coach. As a complete newbie I have picked up a lot of skills in the first few lessons and appreciate the level of engagement I get from Hilary. She teaches skills that have a long term impact and also very fun to learn with. »
£40/h
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Lessons offered by Hilary
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
  • at your home
Taught subjects
  • Piano
Levels
  • All Levels

Hilary - North Finchley - Piano

Methodology

I am an experienced professional musician with over 20 years experience teaching singing, piano and recorder across a number of styles including classical and pop. You are very welcome to contact me for advice or if you have any questions.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

I teach singing, piano, recorder, theory and musicanship to adults and children of all levels of ability, in styles that include classical, pop and music theatre. As well as teaching singing I also provide piano accompaniment. Having sung with national opera companies and performed in concerts and music theatre I now specialise in coaching students for auditions and perfomances. I also have lots of experience preparing students for grade exams as well as teaching those who just wish to learn for fun.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

I hold an ARCM (Associate of the Royal College of Music) in teaching. I studied performance at the Opera School at the Royal College of Music. I studied piano with Yu Chun Yee and Ian Lake (professors of piano at the Royal College of Music). I studied music theatre at the Actors Centre in London.

- How much do you charge?

I charge £25 for 30 minutes, £35 for 45 minutes, £40 an hour

- Where do you teach?

I teach at home in London, N20. The nearest tube is Totteridge/Whetstone on the Northern line. It is a 10 minute walk from the station, or you could take a bus for 2 stops. There is plenty of free parking outside the house.

- When are you available?

I am available weekdays after 4pm, Monday mornings and weekends up to 2pm. I also teach throughout school holidays.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

I have students of all ages, from 5 to 95! I teach all grades in singing from total beginners to professional performers and have lots of experience preparing students for auditions and music theatre exams. I teach up to grade 5 piano and recorder as well as teaching music theory.

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

ABRSM graded exams. Entrance to stage and drama schools. Auditions for music theatre, West-End shows, TV, films etc.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

My priority is to bring out the best in each individual student and to make our lessons as enjoyable as possible. I don't have a fixed teaching method but like to adapt to the interests and natural abilities of each student, so each lesson is an exciting experience for the student and myself.

Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

I have been performing professionally for over 35 years in opera, concerts, music theatre, pantomimes, TV and film with companies as diverse as the English National Opera, the Israeli National Opera, Covent Garden Opera House, BBC radio, La Scala (Milan), Earls Court etc. I have worked at English Martyrs Primary School, Hawley Infants and Kingsgate School for 14 years as a singing teacher, accompanist and recorder tutor.

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

Yes. I am CRB checked and hold a Child Chaperone License.

- Where and with whom did you train?

Leeds College of Music with Stiles-Allen and Owen Wynne. Royal College of Music with Hervey Alan and Marian Studholme. Israeli Opera with singing Professor Maria Buday. St. Cecilia Conservatori, Rome, with Paolo Silveri. Actors Centre in London with various teachers including Mary Hammond and Mark Meylan. Piano at the RCM with Yu Chun Lee and Ian Lake.

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

Musicians Union, Equity, Spotlight, AOTOS (Association of Teachers of Singing), Society of Recorder Players.

Rates

Rate for a 1-hour lesson. : £40/h
Lessons offered by Hilary
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at her home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Piano
Levels
  • All Levels

Hilary's CV

• ARCM
• RCM OPERA SCHOOL
• CRB checked
• MU, Equity, Spotlight

20 reviews on Hilary
  • 5/5

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Jumel

Perfect! Hilary’s knowledge and experience really comes out in her ability to teach and coach. As a complete newbie I have picked up a lot of skills in the first few lessons and appreciate the level of engagement I get from Hilary. She teaches skills that have a long term impact and also very fun to learn with.

Hilary's response

A brilliant start! Although a beginner pianist he picked up so much from the very beginning. He is now progressing with scales and pieces. Lovely to have such an enthusiastic adult who practises and wants to learn. Very polite and complimentary.

19 recommendations

Jumel

Hilary’s knowledge and experience really comes out in her ability to teach and coach. As a complete newbie I have picked up a lot of skills in the first few lessons and appreciate the level of engagement I get from Hilary. She teaches skills that have a long term impact and also very fun to learn with.

Laurel

She gives purposeful and helpful feedback. She is very reliable and she sets high, achievable targets. She teaches my son both piano and singing and he thoroughly enjoys the lessons.

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Peter Malcolm

I have known Hilary for some four years and only got to know her so much better after I had booked her to give me singing lessons. The arrangement was to get me to required standard from a development of bad singing habits within 5 weeks, as I was booked to sing as a duet with a friend guitarist at our local theatre. She confronted this challenge boldly with patience, firmness and good humour that only a dedicated professional would be able to do. I was comfortable with her set of teaching and did not feel inferior surrounded with her musical talents. In the short window I had improved sufficiently enough to please my colleague and now look forward to our live performance with much more confidence. I am lucky to have met such a lovely teacher and highly recommend Hilary to teach any age group from children to seniors.

Jazzy (Peter)

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