My name is Stella and I'm an Italian violinist based in London. For the past 10 years I have been teaching violin privately as well as working for Lambeth Music Service in various primary schools around the borough. I'm an enthusiastic teacher, willing to teach pupils of all ages and levels of experience.
I'm passionate about teaching and this is a central focus of my career as a musician. As part of my course at Trinity, I took a module called 'Instrumental Teaching Skills' which focused on the key issues and principles of being a music teacher. Learning about different teaching methods and evaluating their effectiveness has proven very stimulating for me and has very much improved my teaching abilities.
My teaching strengths include an enthusiastic approach and friendly attitude. I am very encouraging towards my pupils because I think that music is of invaluable importance for both children and adults, and that everybody should get a chance at playing an instrument.
Over the years I have taught pupils aged 5-50 and from beginners to Grade 8 standard. I have experience entering students for ABRSM/Trinity exams with a 100% pass rate.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach Violin at all levels (Beginners to Advanced).
- Tell me about your qualifications.
Music has been an integral part of my life since my early childhood: I started playing piano and violin before I was 5. After studying at the Milan Conservatoire for 9 years I moved to England where I studied Music first at Royal Holloway University of London and then at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Since finishing my studies in 2014, I have been working professionally around the UK and abroad.
I have extensive experience with solo violin repertoire, chamber music and orchestral playing. My most recent orchestral work include playing with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, performing for Ivan Putrov's 'Men in Motion' and 'Against the Stream' ballet galas at the London Coliseum, playing with the BBC Concert Orchestra in a conducting masterclass with Marin Alsop, and leading the second violin section in a cycle of Mahler symphonies with the London Mahler Orchestra conducted by Daniel Capps (New York City Ballet).
Some of the most exciting projects I have taken part in recently have been crossing the boundaries of traditional 'classical' orchestras. I am a founding member of Street Orchestra Live, a charity committed to bringing different types of music (ranging from Haydnto Snoop Dogg!) to unexpected audience in parks, streets, hospitals,schools, detention centres and libraries around the UK. For 4 years I was a regular member of the the Women of the World Orchestra, resident at Southbank Centre, who perform a yearly gala evening of classical music, popular music and comedy on International Women's Day.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £40 per hour and £25 per half an hour.
30 minute consultation lesson is FREE!
There is a £5 fee for travel times above 30 minutes.
- Where do you teach?
I can teach at my house (Vauxhall/Kennington) or travel to the student's house. I charge an extra £5 for travel time over 30 minutes. I'm also able to teach remotely on Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams or Google Meet. I have been teaching online both for Lambeth Music Service and privately throughout the lockdown and I would be very happy to do this again if necessary.
- When are you available?
I am fairly flexible all days of the week. However, I am a freelance orchestral violinist as well as being a teacher so sometimes I may have to move my private teaching to fit around my other commitments.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I can teach all ages and levels of experience.
- What kind of experience do you have?
Peripatetic Violin Teacher at Lambeth Music Service (September 2014 –present)
•Teaching violin to children individually and in small groups, aged 6 to 11
•Teaching music (introduction to violin and cello, basic elements of music theory, singing, rhythmic awareness, solfa, etc.) in whole-class environments (up to 30 children, aged 7 to 11)
Volunteer at Soundmix (March 2016 –May 2016)
•Teaching violin and piano to groups of refugee minors at the Refugee Council, Croydon
Peripatetic Violin Teacher at Brent Music Service (September 2013 –July 2014)
•Teaching violin to groups of 4 children, aged 7 to 11
Violin and Piano Teacher at Osho’s Music Boutique (September 2013 –present)
•Teaching one-to-one violin and piano lessons to children and adults
Private Violin Teacher (2010 -present)
•Teaching one-to-one violin lessons to children and adults of all levels of experience
Mentor at Southbank Centre Nucleo Project (June 2013)
•Mentoring at orchestral projects with children from In Harmony Lambeth, Centre for Young Musicians, Royal Academy of Music Junior Department, Bromley Youth Music Trust and National Youth String Orchestra
•Music for Little Ears (children aged 0-3)
Strings Assistant at London Ear Festival (partnership with Lambeth Music Service) (March 2013)
•Working with 12 year olds towards a performance of a piece of contemporary music focused on improvisation
UNICEF volunteer(2004 -2009)
•Experience working with children in schools and community centres
•Organising events and workshops with children to raise awareness about relevant issues in society
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
John Crawford (2012-2014) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Gabrielle Painter (2009-2012) at Royal Holloway University of London
Cinzia Barbagelata (1998-2009) at Milan 'G.Verdi' Conservatoire
Education & Qualifications
MFA Creative Practice (Music) – graduated July 2014
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Greenwich, London SE10 9JF
•Attending a year-long Instrumental Teaching Skills course
BMus (Hons) Music – graduated July 2012
Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
Intermediate Violin Performance – 1998-2009
Music Conservatoire ‘G.Verdi’, via Conservatorio 12, 20122 Milan, Italy
Selected Performance Experience
•International Järvi Academy (Pärnu Music Festival, Estonia) - July 2016
Masterclasses with Petru Munteanu (Leopold Mozart Zentrum), Eva Bindere (Kremerata Baltica) and Jüri Gerretz (Kuopio Conservatory)
•Europäische Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (Montepulciano, Italy) –August 2014
Masterclasses with Berent Korfker (Royal College of Music)
•Klasik Keyifler Music Festival (Cappadocia, Turkey) – August 2015
Masterclasses with James Buswell (Julliard School, New England Conservatory), Ellen Jewett (Audubon Quartet, State University of New York, Stony Brook), Atilla Aldemir (Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin) and William Harvey
•Aurora Chamber Music Festival (Vånersborg, Sweden) – October 2014
Masterclasses with Gerhard Schultz (Alban Berg Quartet), Olivier Charlier (CNSM Paris) and Per Nyström (Camerata Nordica)
•Scottish Opera (Reserve Trial)
•Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Extra List)
•The Little Orchestra
•Opera Holland Park (SWAP’ra Opera Gala)
•London Orchestra da Camera
•London Firebird Orchestra (Co-Leader)
•Teddington Opera (Leader)
•British Symphony Orchestra (Co-Principal 2nd)
•London Philharmonic Orchestra –side-by-side
•BBC Concert Orchestra–side-by-side
•St Endellion Festival Orchestra
•London Mahler Orchestra (Principal 2nd)
•London Musical Theatre Orchestra, LMTO (Co-Leader)
•Women of the World Orchestra (Co-Leader)
•Street Orchestra Live (Leader)
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