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Lessons offered by Maria
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
  • at your home
Taught subjects
  • Recorder
  • Oboe
  • All Levels

Very experienced Oboe Tutor, Recorder Tutor & Woodwind Coach delivers lessons in London


"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to
gather wood, divide the work, and give orders.
Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea".
Antoine de Saint Exupery

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

I teach the oboe and the recorder (music theory included in the lessons).

- Tell me about your qualifications.

Master of Performance in the Orchestral Training of the Oboe, Guildhall School of Music & Drama (programme in association with the LSO)

Master of Music, Guidhall School of Music & Drama (in association with the LSO)

Bachelor in Performance of the Oboe, University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece), Department of Music Science & Art (First class with Honours)

Diploma in Performance of the Recorder, Music College of Thessaloniki, Greece

- How much do you charge?

I charge £35 for an hour (travel expenses negotiable). Discounts for group lessons (two to three students).

- Where do you teach?

I teach at students' homes and at my music studio as well. I can travel across London, wherever is convenient for the student.

- When are you available?

I have a very flexible schedule and I can offer lessons during daytime and evenings, weekdays and weekends.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

I can teach all ages in a wide variety of levels from beginners to advanced!

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

I prepare my students for all the grades (initial-diploma) of all the main exams (ABRSM and Trinity), for music scholarships, and for entering junior music academies, music colleges (RAM, RCM, Guildhall School, Trinity College) and national orchestras.

In the current year (2017-2018) all of my students, who competed for a music scholarship for entering prestigious secondary schools of UK, have succeeded. Students managed to secure places in schools including Winchester College, Newhall, Rugby school among others. One of Maria's oboe students also got accepted in Royal Academy of Music-Junior Academy.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

My teaching is about the enjoyment of the experience of the music journey and I look forward to motivate you to share this music experience and love for the oboe and the recorder! Bear in mind what Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher said: 'Without music, life would be a mistake'!


- What kind of experience do you have?

I am a very experienced oboe and recorder tutor and music educator. I am the Woodwind Leader of the Sistema of England and the Sistema of Europe 2018. I work on a permanent basis with Barbican Centre's orchestral educational department and with various educational departments of orchestras like the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC and many more on various projects in which I am coaching young wind students (ages 8-18) and wind ensembles and preparing them for their orchestral concerts with the orchestras.

The invaluable experience I have working in these projects with these organisations, in combination with other projects of music interactive performances in schools in East London and my long experience in this area in Greece (I was the Oboe Professor at the State Music School in Thessaloniki for 2 years (2010-12)) makes me work aiming on inspiring youngsters musically and initiating them into the universal, infinite and magical world of music.
All of my students who have competed for music scholarships have succeeded in securing a place in prestigious secondary schools of the UK.

During my Masters Degree at the Guildhall School I have focused on the oboe and winds pedagogy and especially on the orchestral coaching and preparation of young wind players: The teaching methods which I apply in the projects and in my private teaching have resulted from a deep research around oboe and winds pedagogy, based upon bibliography of educational, sociological and psychological theories and using different learning styles for creating a more interesting and inspiring instrumental teaching which focuses on:

• Engaging the young wind players with the orchestral repertoire using various learning styles like kinaesthetic learning, experiential learning, visual learning, auditory learning and by connecting them with other forms of art.
• Enhancing their stage presence and confidence in an orchestral concert and preparing them on how to perform on stage and deliver messages/communicate with the audience using vicarious learning, group learning and experiential learning
• Motivating them to love and enjoy playing their instruments and their music.

(You can find some samples in the articles attached to my full profile page view and to "my files" section. My CV is uploaded there as well)

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

Yes, I have.

- Where and with whom did you train?

I was trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in the Masters of Performance in the Orchestral Training with the LSO. My teachers were Steve Hudson (Principal of Royal Northern Sinfonia), Nicholas Daniel ((concealed information) Gordon Hunt (Principal of Philarmonia Orchestra) and Jane Marshall (previous principal cor anglais of the Philarmonia Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra). I was taught reed-making by Steve Hudson (Principal of Royal Northern Sinfonia) and Tim Rundle (Philarmonia Orchestra).

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

I am an active member of ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) and of ISME (International Society for Music Education).


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

Maria's CV

• Masters of Performance in the Orchestral Training of the Oboe, Guildhall School of Music & Drama (in association with the LSO)

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