I adapt to individuals with ease, teaching in a relaxed, supportive and friendly way. I'm a dedicated and passionate teacher with a thorough approach, always getting the best out of the individual. I strive for accuracy and detail where necessary, but without it becoming repetitive - for me, the most important objective of a lesson is that they are fun, engaging, and rewarding.
I always work efficiently, and try to make the most of the time available.
In my experience, one-to-one tutoring is effective in the sense that a topic or playing technique can be explained fully without classroom distractions. Although I enjoy inspiring a learner with a particularly stimulating aspect of a topic, I also like them to discover the mysteries of it themselves, which reinforces their own understanding of what they are playing.
Above all, I like to challenge my pupils, especially if they show me they are working hard. If I think a child is capable of something, I will encourage them to try it, even if it seems a little daunting to them. Because more often than not, the quality of the result exceeds their own personal expectation, which motivates them and fuels success.
Hi, I'm Jonathan. I studied BA Music at University of Southampton, where I was trained by pianist, Helen Cawthorne.
I am now a piano and keyboard teacher, composer, pianist and singer, and in 2015 was awarded MA Music from City University, London.
I have been playing the piano for eighteen years, achieving Grade 8 in 2009.
Since graduating with first class marks in performance I have applied my knowledge in teaching, as well as performing at weddings and functions.
I am passionate about helping others gain confidence through music education and performance.
Although classically trained, I have performance experience in a wide variety of styles - so whether you are looking to work towards classical grades, find out the chords to your favourite pop or jazz piece, or even learn how to improvise, it would be my pleasure to assist you in your journey.
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MA Music (Merit) - City University London
BA Music (2:1) - University of Southampton
• Ursuline Prep School, Wimbledon (Sep 2015 - July 2017)
Music Teacher and Teaching Assistant
o Taught Year 4 Music.
o Taught Year 2 Recorder.
o Founded and lead a ukulele orchestra.
o Lead the Junior Choir.
o Accompanied students and choirs for whole school masses and services/concerts.
o Organised and lead a school trip to Barbican.
o Ran interventions and focus groups for weaker students in Maths and English.
o Built leadership skills by covering music lessons to years 1, 3 and 4 on several occasions and working alongside the music teacher to deliver suitable, challenging and engaging music classes.
o Supported years 3-6 in a variety of subjects, both in class and through self-designed group activities.
o Lead chamber choir for a term and accompanied other ensembles.
o Carried out admin duties.
• Private Tutor in Piano (June 2013 - Present)
o Teaching several students weekly, guiding and supporting the tutees along different paths according to their capacities as individuals
o Presented candidates for ABRSM exams, all passes – many with merits and distinctions
• Exeter Music Holiday School (July - Aug 2013)
Volunteering Workshop Leader
o Inspired children between the ages of 6 and 13 boosting their creativity through original workshops.
o Led rehearsals where groups were encouraged to sing and perform their own pieces.
• Upper Shirley High School, Southampton (June 2012)
Work Experience Placement
o Grasped key secondary school music teaching techniques and routines from an admired teacher
o Interacted with students, supporting them in the classroom one-to-one and during rehearsals
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