I have specialised on teaching composition and helped on developing advanced compositional skills on a number of students (from amateur to professional musicians). My primary target is to help you achieve your musical goal, by enhancing both your creativity (regardless of your style) and your technical aspects in composition, and discovering solutions to unresolved problems you may have regardless of what is your level in music.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Composition, Orchestral Writing, Songwriting, Advanced Music Theory and Analysis, Music Theory, Aural Skills.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Musical Composition, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Master of Music (M.Mus.) Piano/Pedagogy (Distinction), Texas Christian University, Texas, USA
Master of Music (M.Mus.) Theory/Composition (Distinction), Texas Christian University
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Piano Performance (Cum Laude Distinction), Athens, Greece
Piano Soloist Diploma (Distinction), Athens, Greece
Fugue Advanced Theory Diploma (Distinction), Athens, Greece
Counterpoint Advanced Theory Diploma (Distinction), Athens, Greece
Tonal Harmony Advanced Theory Diploma (Distinction), Athens, Greece
Certificate in Commercial Electronic Orchestration and Music Creation, Athens, Greece
- How much do you charge?
I charge £50 per hour and £40 for thirty minutes. Discounts for group lessons.
- Where do you teach?
I teach from my home studio in Canterbury, Kent.
- When are you available?
I work on Mondays,Tuesdays, Wednesdays and on the weekends.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
In composition I have students from the age of 12 to the age of 55. I teach composition from beginners to professionals also to University students (undergraduate and postgraduate level). I can also help you with assignments in various theory and composition courses both in the University and in further education.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Trinity College diplomas in composition ATCL, LTCL, FTCL but also ABRSM grade theory exams from 1 to 8 and Trinity College theory exams grades 1 to 8.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Lessons are conducted via internet (skype) and by email.
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- What kind of experience do you have?
My music has been released in 4 CDs and it has been performed by distinguised musicians in several European countries and in America. One of the Cds where my piece is featured, won a double silver medal in the category of contemporary classical music in Global Music Awards in San Diego, California in 2017.
I have also worked more than 20 years in various posts as a piano teacher, lecturer and professor of piano as well as a lecturer in advanced theory and composition both privately and in major institutions (Schools, Conservatoires, Colleges, Universities) in the UK, Greece and in America.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
Texas Christian University, 3 years piano performance teacher: Dr. Tamas Ungar (world-renowned educator and pianist)
Texas Christian University, 3 years piano pedagogy supervisor: Leanne Kirkham (pedagogy University lecturer and teacher)
Texas Christian University, 2 years composition supervisor: Dr Gerald Gabel (composer)
Goldsmiths, University of London, composition supervisor: Professor Roger Redgate (composer)
Other composition teachers: Dr Katharine Norman (composer), Dr Sadie Harrison (composer)
Masterclasses with world-class pianists such as Eygeny Kissin, Oxana Yablonskaya, Vovka Ashkenazy among others.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
My current students have won scholarships (in independent schools) and professional composition awards as well as they all successfully passed the ABRSM, Trinity exams and diplomas (most of them with merit or distinction).
• BA in Piano Performance, Soloist Diploma in Piano
• PhD in Composition, MMus in Piano/Pedagogy, MMus in Theory and Composition
It is rare to find such a knowledgeable and inspirational teacher as Stamatia.
I have derived great benefit from her expert tuition which has helped me to improve my technique and enabled me to tackle more challenging repertoire. I would recommend her to anyone with an interest in piano playing.
'Stamatia Statherous has been my piano teacher for more than a year now...
I started with the express wish of making a recording in nine months and
she guided me expertly and successfully to that aim...I leave each lesson bounding with pleasure and raring to go.'
I have been having lessons with Stamatia for two years to prepare for my diploma/DipABRSM exam. She is very helpful and knowledgable in what she is teaching. Her excellent piano techniques helped me learning the difficult parts of the pieces a lot easier.
Dr. Statherou is an attentive and compassionate teacher who possesses a thorough understanding of what it is about music that makes students want to learn. I would leave each lesson with a genuine renewed excitement and interest in music, and the resulting progress I made in just a year both in terms of technique and understanding was remarkable. I highly recommend her tutorship to anybody wishing to advance in musical studies, no matter what their current ability level or purposes in doing so.
'Stamatia has been teaching me composition with piano performance for just over two years. In this time my skills for both have improved dramatically. I have written choral and orchestral scores for the first time. These works have been commercially released and one has won an arts award...I am very happy to give her the highest recommendation possible to anyone. I promise you she will up your game!!'
I have been taking piano lessons with Stamatia for a little over two years now... Stamatia possesses a truly encyclopedic knowledge combined with obvious natural talent as both a pianist and a teacher, I would not hesitate to recommend her tuition to anyone wanting to learn something new or further their abilities.”
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