I have been teaching the violin to children from age 5-18 for 3 years. I have taught over 30 violin pupils, all of different standards and ambitions. Many of my pupils give regular concerts that I put on, whether online or in person. I currently teach general musicianship and piano as well, within institutions as well as privately.
I am a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and North London Conservatoire. My methodology is loosely based on the Kodaly-method of musical training, in which the general musicality and inner ear of the student is cultivated as a priority right from the first lesson. I combine this with the rigour and high standard of teaching I was fortunate enough to get in order to produce pupils who are technically proficient but crucially who play out of enjoyment for their instrument and a love for music.
The first lesson will be a 45 minute free session so we can get to know each other and I can assess where we might like to begin.
For children under the age of 10, it is advisable to start with 30 minute lessons and have twice as many (instead of starting with 1 hour lessons). This can be discussed.
I am a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where I studied music performance with a specialism in violin. I have been a freelance violinist throughout my studies and since graduating, organising my own concerts, a wide range of teaching and playing in a variety of events.
Education and Qualifications
2018 – 2020 Royal Academy of Music, London
Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (received 2020)
2016 – 2020 Royal Academy of Music, London
First Class Honours – Bachelor of Music (received 2020)
Violin professors: Diana Cummings and Joshua Fisher
2012 – 2016 Junior Academy (Royal Academy of Music), London
Studies included violin and piano lessons, orchestral and chamber music training, music theory lessons and general musicianship
2016 ABRSM Grade 8 Piano (Distinction)
2012 ABRSM Grade 8 Violin (Distinction)
2009 – 2016 Queen Elizabeth’s School, London
GCSEs – 9 A*s, 2 As, 1 B (received 2014)
A levels – 1 A* in Music, 2 As in French and German (received 2016)
2001 – 2016 North London Conservatoire, London
Studies included violin and piano lessons, musicianship lessons, chamber music and orchestral training (graduated in 2016)
2020 – present Musicianship teacher at North London Conservatoire
2019 – present Leader of the London Lawyers' Symphony Orchestra
2018 – present Violin teacher at North London Conservatoire
2018 – 2019 Orchestral teacher at North London Conservatoire (year 3 orchestra)
2018 – present Peripatetic violin teacher and String Orchestra conductor at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet
2015 – 2016 Director of String Camerata at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet
2012 – present Freelance violinist as a soloist and orchestral concertmaster, performing in recent years in such places as the Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall and for private events such as for weddings and in schools and hotels
Simon is a professional and knowledgeable teacher, he adapts to everyone and truly knows how to make oneself feel at ease and understand music.
Simon is a trustworthy tutor as I have known him closely for several years and seen him develop in the wonderful teacher that he has become. He is also very experienced as he has been teaching for several years and can identifies the needs of his pupils.
Simon is a commanding leader and generates an empowering rapport with the people he works with. It has given me great pleasure as a music teacher myself to observe Simon's teaching on numerous occasions, where I have seen him guide his students, who very clearly enjoy working with him, with efficiency, but at the same time with empathy towards the individual. I would recommend none other than Simon for anyone at any level wishing to acquire or enhance musical skills.
I've been playing chamber music with Simon for nearly 6 years: he's a pleasant, personable guy, and a skilful violinist with a diverse musical knowledge and instinct; he combines a fine attention to detail with a patient, encouraging approach; he is very passionate about the benefits, and accessibility, of musical education. And crucially, he can communicate his knowledge in a manner which the pupil will digest. I'd highly recommend him!
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