I've been teaching for over 17 years, and my knowledge, experience and enthusiasm combine to make me a much sought-after tutor.Â I regularly teach at the University of Newcastle, Goldsmiths and the University of Limerick on the BA and MA courses.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
- Tell me about your qualifications.
1st Class Honours in Music and Audio Music Technology BSc
Grade VIII Violin
Grade VII Guitar
Grade VI Drumkit
Grade V Theory
- How much do you charge?
£40 per hour
£25 per half hour
- Where do you teach?
Salisbury, Wiltshire and Hampshire, and also London when working there.
- When are you available?
Please contact me to arrange a mutually convenient time.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
7 years plus
From beginner to experienced
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Skype / Facetime
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Playing the violin is an amazing skill, and one that is challenging, but should always be something you enjoy - I aim to help my students realise their ability to relax and enjoy playing the instrument.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have been teaching and performing professionally for over 17 years. As well as teaching private students, I also teach at Goldsmiths University, Limerick University and Newcaslte University. I have taught at major music camps and festivals in the UK, in America, Canada and Australia.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have a valid DBS.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a member of the Musician's Union. I perform with several ensembles including Methera - (concealed information) Dipper Malkin - (concealed information) and Alma - (concealed information)
- Tell me about some of your current students.
My current students vary in age and ability from adult beginners learning folk music, to teenagers working towards grade exams. I tailor my teaching style and approach to the needs of each individual student and their aims and goals.
• Grade VIII Violin
• BSc Audio and Music Technology
• I have DBS
• Musicians Union
I didn't quite know whether violin lessons were going to be fun or a struggle, especially starting as an adult learner. After the first lesson with John I knew it was going to be fun and I felt relaxed! John keeps explaining instructions in different ways until the penny drops! I think John is especially good at changing the sound of the student's playing by analysing the student's movements and correcting when necessary – within 5 minutes the sound that comes out of your fiddle could change a lot!
John has taught me regularly over the last 10 years, culminating in lessons as part of my music degree at Goldsmiths University. His lessons are always extremely insightful and fulfilling. I owe an awful lot of my technique and repertoire to John's brilliant teaching and playing.
John is an amazing fiddle player and inspirational teacher. He not only has a deep understanding of the music, but is incredibly skilled at bringing out the best of a musician, on a personal expressive and creative level, whilst improving technique and musicality.
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