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.
A great workshop! Your easy style of teaching and tips on how to enhance the basic tunes made them accessible for the range of players who attended.
John is engaging and knowledgeable, with a great easy to follow teaching style. Above all though he is great fun!
John had listened to me, and taken me seriously, and that really, really mattered. His response to my question has changed the course of my playing.
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