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My overriding goal when teaching is to ensure that students find lessons enjoyable and fulfilling. Have a think about what you might like to achieve; perhaps a performance, exam, or learning for fun. It's totally up to you!
I like to teach my students how to practise effectively, so that they can make improvements independently and therefore improve more quickly.
I am known for being an enthusiastic teacher, well-suited to children, and have experience with students as young as 5 years old. This includes group lessons and outreach, with up to 60 pupils at once. However, I also enjoy teaching adult learners, who tend to be more intrinsically motivated, and are often very interesting people!
I teach at £35/hour, and my rates for half hour and 45 minute lessons are equivalent. I.e. £17.50 for half an hour, £26.25 for 45 minutes. Depending on where you live, I might need to factor travel expenses into the cost. However, I have been teaching students over Skype during lockdown (including young children), and this has worked incredibly successfully. This might also be an option, and does not require any additional technology e.g. microphones. Skype is perfectly fine.
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Amy Thompson is a Musicians' Company Lambert Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Roberto Giaccaglia, Martin Gatt, Joost Bosdijk, and Emily Hultmark. Amy is also a current participant of the ENO Evolve Scheme.
As a soloist, Amy performs regularly for the British Double Reed Society, as well as leading ensembles and lessons at their Park Place courses. Amy has also been active in promoting new music, including the world premiere of a work for unaccompanied bassoon at the National Portrait Gallery (composed by Andrew Mulhern). In 2016, Amy was an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, working with Anna Meredith to compose and perform music for the opening of Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond. In 2014, she performed Bach’s G minor Harpsichord Concerto as soloist with members of the Berkeley Ensemble, and has appeared with Blackburn Symphony Orchestra. Amy has also given multiple recitals at the Lansdowne Club, London, and at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, alongside bassist Leon Bosch. This year, she will be performing at the Investec International Music Festival in a series also featuring Jess Gillam and the Tallis Scholars (subject to coronavirus restrictions).
Amy’s orchestral work includes performances with the Brandenburg Sinfonia, John Lewis Partnership Music Society, and St Paul’s Sinfonia. Amy is a passionate chamber musician, and recently recorded bassoon quartets for Hyperion Records with Laurence Perkins. In addition to this, Amy is a member of the Tailleferre Ensemble, whose concerts aim to promote the work of female composers, including a performance celebrating International Women's Day at the Conway Hall and, in the near future, a tour of Florida in collaboration with the South Florida Chamber Ensemble.
Over lockdown, Amy set up a series of Zoom sessions for bassoonists. These have included masterclasses with Ursula Leveaux (freelance with most major UK orchestras), Jos de Lange (Concertgebouw), Sophie Dervaux (Berlin Philharmonic), and Nikolaj Henriques (CBSO).
Amy is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher. She has worked with students at Junior RCM, Uppingham School, the Triborough Music Hub, British Double Reed Society, and the Musicians’ Company. She is comfortable teaching students of all ages, but is known for being especially good with children, having set up and run a youth orchestra for primary-age students. In her spare time, Amy enjoys making and selling scented bassoon reeds, playing a brightly coloured cello, and outdoor swimming.
Cancellation: Please let me know at least 48h in advance if you wish to cancel a lesson.
Amy is an enthusiastic and engaging teacher, she is passionate about both bassoon and piano, which is evident in her teaching. Her approachability and kindness, as well as her intelligence and wide range of knowledge make lessons enjoyable and fulfilling. I would recommend Amy as a teacher to anyone; regardless of age or musical ability, her friendly personality and obvious love for her subjects ensure that her students reach their full potential.
Been working with Amy for about two months, her teaching style is wonderful, super patient, supporting and helped me build confidence playing the bassoon. Also very detailed when teaching and learnt a lot of new techniques from her.
Amy is a talented and dedicated musician with an impressively wide stylistic range and breadth of knowledge, who has worked with and for me on a number of occasions. She is also a personable, professional and infectiously enthusiastic individual who I am sure is an excellent teacher.
I have known Amy for a long time and she is such a wonderful and supportive presence. Working with her is always a delight whatever her role and I have every confidence her teaching is no exception.
Amy is a very lovely teacher with an amazing passion for all things bassoon. She is well organised and trustworthy, and I would definitely recommend her to any student regardless of age or ability.
Amy's experience in bringing people together, thinking out of the box, engaging with professors, colleagues and audience can surely make her an excellent teacher. Her welcoming approach, positivity and care to whoever she works with, and her smiles are all attributes one wants from his/her teacher - someone you can rely on for being committed to your progress and advancement.
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