Hi, I am a fully qualified Alexander Technique teacher, cello and piano teacher with over 20 years teaching experience.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Alexander Technique, cello and piano
- Tell me about your qualifications.
DSCM (Distinction) Diploma Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Performance Diploma, Cello)
ABRSM Piano grade 8 (Distinction)
MSTAT Member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (completed a recognised 3 year full-time teacher training course)
- How much do you charge?
I charge £25 per half hour for cello and piano lessons.
For Alexander Technique I charge £45 for 40 minute lessons. The first session is a consultation plus lesson lasting 60 minutes and is £60. Block bookings of 10 AT sessions are available with a 10% discount. I also offer concessions to students, OAPs and people on low income for Alexander Technique lessons (only available at Edgware clinic). I offer a free 15 minute taster session if you are not sure what Alexander Technique involves and want to experience it first hand.
- Where do you teach?
I teach Alexander Technique, cello and piano in Edgware.
- When are you available?
Cello and Piano: Mondays and Fridays. Alexander Technique Monday-Fridays
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
Alexander Technique is all ages. At the moment my oldest pupil is 94 and I regularly teach teenagers and younger pupils.
Cello: all ages from beginners to advanced, college level.
Piano all ages, beginners up to grade 5
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Because of my training across music and Alexander Technique, I can offer a very holistic, calm approach to both disciplines and find one informs the other as they are so complementary. Both are wonderful, enriching areas to explore, either for personal development or as a rewarding career path.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have been teaching Alexander technique privately for over 20 years and have also been a tutor at many adult education centres as well as regularly give talks and workshops all over London. I have also taught at the Junior Royal College of music and at the Purcell School. At present I am the Alexander Technique tutor at the Mary Ward Centre in Queens Square London. I am a member of the British Performing Arts Medicine trust.
I have always taught cello and piano privately alongside my career as a professional musician and also taught cello at Westminster School, Queensgate School and St Josephs School in London. I have performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Opera House orchestra, many contemporary music groups in Sydney and Vienna and as well as giving chamber music and solo performances in Sydney, Vienna, Salzburg, Amsterdam and London when still active as a performer. I performed the 4th piano concerto by Beethoven with orchestra in Wollongong Australia, and still very much enjoy accompanying talented young musicians on the piano.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
I have a performance diploma in cello from the Sydney Conservatorium (1986) where I graduated with distinction. I then undertook further studies with master teachers (Professor Tobias Kuhne) in Vienna for 3 years and Amsterdam (Dimitri Ferschtman) for 2 years as well as having master classes with many notable cellists such as Natalia Gutman, Andre Navara, Anner Bylsma and Joan Dickson. I always studied piano alongside cello and I also studied piano in Vienna with an excellent teacher (Christiana Karajev).
I graduated from the Constructive teaching Centre in Alexander Technique in 1994, having had the privilege of being taught by first generation teachers Walter and Dylis Carrington and many other wonderful teachers there.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
STAT (Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique).
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I teach all ages of Alexander Technique pupils, they come for many reasons but often because of poor posture and muscle tension, aches and pains. Stress is another problem that brings many pupils to the benefits of learning Alexander Technique. I often work with musicians, either my own pupils or students and professionals needing help with tension and postural habits that are affecting their playing. Some also come because of performance anxiety. I also work with dancers and actors.
My piano students at the moment are mainly primary school age and my most advanced cello student just gained a distinction with a mark of 144/150 in grade 8 (who I personally accompanied).
• MSTAT, DSCM (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
• CRB fully enhanced checked
• STAT, BAcC
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