I offer friendly and informed tuition, with a background both of academic music (BA from Cambridge) and performance (Masters from Trinity Laban Conservatoire) and eight years' teaching experience in schools and privately.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
My first study is now voice but I have taught piano up to grade 8 since 2009 and have specialised in music theory and composition/arranging. I find that each discipline informs all the others and if I can link things together in my teaching, then all the better!
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have just completed a Masters in Music with Trinity Laban Conservatoire (passing with distinction) and previously I read music at Cambridge, where I was a choral exhibition, an academic exhibition and an academic scholarship. I also hold ABRSM diplomas in piano and voice (distinction) and trained on the Graduate Teaching Programme (awarded 'Outstanding' by the Institute of Education), teaching in classrooms for two years.
- How much do you charge?
I charge a flat rate of £32/h if teaching from home (a little more for A-level). I don't charge for travel if it is nearby, but would ask for some contribution if it is more than an hour's journey. For groups of students, an extra £10/h is added per student. Also, if a cancellation is within 24 hours of the appointment and an alternative time is not possible, an hour's rate is chargeable. I will of course be as flexible as I am able in these cases.
- Where do you teach?
I live in South Croydon and can travel nearby or teach from home (I have a baby grand 'Kawai' piano).
- When are you available?
As a freelance singer, my schedule changes week to week, but I try to keep weekly tuition as regular as possible. Early evenings are usually best but other times are possible.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I will teach any age, though I exercise caution with very young piano students and usually ask for a trial lesson if 6 or under. I have taught up to ABRSM grade 8 in both piano and voice and have taught BA-level music theory, as well as (of course!) Grade 5 theory.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
ABRSM exams, Trinity Guildhall exams, recitals and performances.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Online tuition is done through Skype and I find it is more suitable to non-performing disciplines, such as theory, Sibelius work etc. Ideally, work or subject matter is sent electronically in advance of the lesson so that it is ready to discuss and work through online.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
The more you enjoy something, the more work you put into it, the more you enjoy it, the more...
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have taught 1:1 lessons continuously since 2008, both through schools, privately, and through agencies. I spent a year working with a primary school in Beijing, employed as a 1:1 mentor, but also became involved with the secondary school choir and musically directed their end-of-year show. I trained as a classroom teacher and spent two years teaching at Langley Park Boys' School and Haberdasher Aske's Hatcham College (a music specialist school) before starting my Masters. I have experience with all age groups (my current students ranging from 5 to retirement age) and abilities.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a member of Equity.
• MA Cantab in Music, MMus (distinction) in voice
• DipABRSM (Piano), DipABRSM (Voice)
• CRB Certified
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