I'm a freelance music teacher and drummer/tuba player with 20 years experience and knowledge that I'd love to share with you. Get in contact - I promise you won't regret it!
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I mostly teach young drummers and brass players from ages 4-18.
I teach all brass instruments (trumpet, tuba, euphonium, etc.) from a beginner level upwards. I specialise in teaching the tuba as that's what I play myself!
I also teach drums/percussion to all standards. I specialise in teaching drum-kit as that's what I play myself, and I am keen to teach any style of drumming you'd like to learn, for example, rock, jazz, pop, latin, etc.
I also teach A level and GCSE Music and Music Technology.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I'm a graduate of the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. I graduated with a First-class Bachelor's with Honours and a Concert Recital Diploma. I recently completed one year as an Artists Fellow of the Guildhall School.
I have passed grade 8 tuba with distinction (ABRSM)
I also have grade 8 distinction on both drum-kit (Trinity-Guildhall) and classical percussion (ABRSM)
I have an A* in GCSE Music (2006) and an A in A level music (2008)
- How much do you charge?
I charge around £40 per hour for individual lessons in my SW13 locality and I'll happily travel further providing my travel expenses are covered too.
For younger or less experienced instrumentalists, I can offer a shorter, reduced-price lesson; £18-20 for 30mins, £25-30 for 45mins.
I teach groups for the same rates - just split the costs, eg. £20 per person per hour for a group lesson with two pupils.
These prices are negotiable if the need is strong but the funds aren't necessarily there.
- Where do you teach?
I will usually charge for any additional time/expenses for any lessons outside my local area. Local areas/places of work for me at the moment are Hammersmtih, Barnes and Mortlake, however, I've only recently moved to the area and still do lots of teaching in Islington, Camden and Ealing.
- When are you available?
My timetable is fairly flexible given the nature of my work and I will happily teach at any time of any day of the week.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all ages and all levels.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Every student is different, and many like to play for the sheer enjoyment of it, without the pressure of working for exams.
As graded exams go, I am more familiar with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) when teaching brass instruments like trumpet and tuba, classical percussion and piano, and I use the Trinity Guildhall board when teaching drum-kit. If the student has a preference and a valid argument for taking an exam through another board, this isn't a problem. However, the ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall exam syllabi are very well respected and cover all the essentials of playing a musical instrument, as well as offering a broad and substantial selection of repertoire.
For GCSE/A level music, I am more familiar with some boards than others, but provided you let me know which board/exam you are studying for, I will learn the syllabus in preparation for our lessons.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I use Skype and email to tutor online.
Skype can work very well in these circumstances, but it's not essential, so if you don't own a webcam, email is fine.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
If you'd like to start learning to play a new instrument, or you're further up the ladder and looking to take an exam, I'll do whatever I can to help you achieve your aspirations. I tailor lessons for your individual needs, we'll work at whatever rate suits you, and most importantly you'll have fun!
- What kind of experience do you have?
As a tuba player, I have around fifteen years playing experience, much of which has consisted of playing classical music in ensembles and orchestras in London and around the country including the world-famous London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras in venues like the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican Hall and St. Paul's Cathedral. I've also played in many bars and clubs around London with a trad. jazz band, as well as playing for a function band in Brighton.
As a drummer, I have around fifteen years playing experience. Most of the playing I do these days is with my prog-rock band Haken ((concealed information) where I have toured throughout Europe and the USA. The style of Haken's music is rather eclectic which is why I am keen to teach any style (rock, jazz, latin, etc.) to a certain degree. I am currently a drum tutor for the Joyful Sound School of Music which has bases throughout East London.
For the last year I have been the Drum Kit teacher at Chiselhusrt and Sidcup Grammar School in South East London which I love. The kids are all very keen and always do their practice!
As well as leading workshops in primary schools in Edmonton, Leytonstone and Upton Park, I have also done a significant amount of work with 'LSO Discovery', the London Symphony Orchestra's educational/community programme, which involves teaching and leading workshops and is a fantastic outreach programme for musicians of all standards and walks of life.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
Lee Tsarmaklis - Principal Tuba of the London Philharmonic Orchestra
At the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Patrick Harrild - Principal Tuba of the London Symphony Orchestra
At the Royal Academy of Music (Junior Dept) with Stephen Wick - London Freelance Tuba Player
At the Royal Academy of Music (Junior Dept) with Matthew Dickinson - London Freelance Percussionist
At the Latymer School with Graham Instrall - London Freelance Drummer/Percussionist
At the Latymer School with Dr. James Harrison for GCSE and A level Music.
Privately with Claudio Barr, John Isaacs and Marie Saha (piano)
At the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Jono Buchanan - Freelance Electronic musician and music producer
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Joyful Sound School of Music - Drum Teacher
The Musician's Answering Service
- Tell me about some of your current students.
Nia (piano) is a seven-year-old girl and a pleasure to teach. I began teaching her from scratch around one year ago and we're already comfortably progressing through grade 1 (ABRSM). Nia's favourite thing about playing the piano is, surprisingly, scales!
Adam (drums) is a mature student I began teaching around 3 years ago. With around twenty years playing experience, Adam never had any formal music tuition before I began teaching him. He is very keen, talented, and always wants to know more!
• Guildhall School of Music and Drama - BMus (First-class Hons) Music Performance; Concert Recital Diploma
• CRB Checked
• Joyful Sound School of Music
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