Hi, everyone 大家好 Dajia hao!
My Chinese name is LIN, Yue Zhou (林岳洲), but you can call me Joe. I have been living in London for 20 years! I have 7 years of teaching children the piano for fun and grade exams. One of my pupils did Grade 1 and Grade 2 piano exams of Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and passed them with distinction. As a bilingual, I am enthusiastic and take to heart cultural diversity. I have a wide range of hobbies including chess, badminton, music, visual arts, and films.
The teaching pedagogy is essential, but there is no 'one size fits all' strategy! Every student is unique. I always take into account of temperament, age, time, and ability. I believe in self-learning and self-consciousness. The teacher must think in the student's shoes; the student should try to be a teacher! I do not spoon-feed students but work closely with them.
Churchill said that 'attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference.' We must be patient, diligent, and perseverant! I will nudge children gently when needed!
Learning piano is challenging, but learning the basics is not hard! If your children aim to take piano exams, we will work out a tailored plan. If you 'socialize' with the piano, the piano would love you back! The piano is a steelwork but has many soft spots! Daily practice is crucial, but it does not have to take long at all! Like brushing your teeth, you will never skip it once it becomes second nature. Playing the piano makes me feel liberated and helps me recover from the Brexit syndrome!
As the lyrics of Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke go: 'Music is a world within itself. With a language we all understand.' Well, the piano is commonly regarded as the 'God' of all instruments, I cannot wait to get you to join me and play the piano!
I am currently a Teaching Associate in International Relations (IR) at King's College London (KCL). I was an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London (UoL). At 28, I was awarded a PhD in IPE at KCL. I have engaged actively in university teaching and research but offered private one to one session in Classical Piano to children and young adults. Adults are also welcomed!
I started learning piano at 6 and won piano competitions in the UK. At 14, I was a regional winner for the best result in ABRSM Grade 7 Piano. At 16, I was awarded an ABRSM Diploma in Music (Piano) Performance (equivalent to the first year of BMus in any music conservatory). For this, I became a member of the National Academy for Gifted & Talented Youth. At 17, I was a recipient of the Jack Petchey Achievement Award and the MBF Young Talent Award.
At 18, I was awarded a Founder's Scholarship to read BSc Economics at Royal Holloway, UoL and accepted alongside five other pianists to pursue BMus Classical Piano at Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD). I was also a volunteer in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. At 19, I was awarded the GSMD Higher Education Diploma in Classical Piano. I then decided to pursue Economics but maintained my piano training under the professional guidance of Patsy Toh, a renowned pianist/Professor at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) since 1975. At 20, I received the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) in Music (Piano) Performance (equivalent to the Final Year of BMus in any music conservatory). I have been giving recitals at a Fellowship level (equivalent to an MMus in any music conservatory). All this has equipped me both theoretical and practical knowledge in piano teaching and performance.
Note: I DO NOT offer the first lesson for free! Sorry.
The Covid-19 online session rates:
For Fun: £30/h
For ABRSM Grades 3-5: £35/h
For ABRSM Grade 5 and above: £40/h
5 hours rate: from £150
10 hours rate: from £300
2014-2018 PhD International Political Economy, King’s College London
PhD thesis entitled - Gramsci in China post-1978: The Chinese intellectuals’ role in the process of China’s socio-economic and political transformation (Pass with no correction or Distinction)
2012-2013 MA International Political Economy, King’s College London
MA dissertation entitled - Exploitation and alienation in Multinational Enterprises: Four reflexive case studies in Fuzhou, China (Pass with Distinction and an exemplar of excellent practice)
2009-2012 BSc (Hons) Economics, Royal Holloway, University of London
BSc dissertation entitled - The Labour Market and the Business Cycle: Cyclicality in Job Finding, Separation and the Matching Function (with First Class and an exemplar of excellent practice)
2008-2009 BMus (Hons) Classical Piano Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Course and skills completed:
Piano principal study (solo recital & piano concerto), Speed learning, aural, Musicianship (Kodaly), Improvisation, Conducting, and Alexander technique
Higher Education performance diploma awarded: July 2009
2006-2008 Sixth Form College, Wilson Grammar School, 2008
A level grades (pre-2010): Chinese (A), Economics (A), Mathematics (A), and Music (A); Dip ABRSM in piano performance awarded: December 2006
2019-present: Teaching Associate in International Relations (IR),
King’s College London
4AAOB104 Introduction to International Economics
5AAOB204 International Political Economy
5AAOB206 Foreign Policy Analysis
5SSPP201 Political Economy: Approaches, Concepts & Issues
2016-present: Academic Advisor, Goldsmiths, University of London
Meetings with student ambassadors
Tutorials with international students from China
Bilingual language support in essays and dissertations.
Liaison with the Chinese Embassy and Confucius Institutes in London
2014-present Freelance Teacher of Piano ABRSM Grades 1-8 (aged 6-16), and (GCSE and A level) Mandarin Chinese
2018-2018 Associate Lecturer in IPE, King’s College London
MA module co-lectured:
7AAOM034 The International Political Economy of Production
2017-2018 Guest lecturer in Education,
Fujian Normal University (FNU), China
BA and MA course modules co-lectured: Multiculturalism in Education
2017-2018 Teaching Assistant in IPE at King’s College London
Course modules delivered:
4AAOB104 Introduction to International Economics
5AAOB204 International Political Economy
2015-2017 Associate Lecturer (researcher) in Education at Goldsmiths,
MA course modules co-delivered: Research methods, Biculturalism and Bilingualism in Education, Teaching languages in Multilingual Contexts, Race and Culture in Education
2014-2014 Guest English Teacher in FNU College of Foreign Languages,
2013-2017 Teacher of GCSE/A level Chinese in London Mandarin School
2013-2014 Intern at Grant Thornton UK LLP (London Euston Office)
**Activities & Awards
• 2018 Nominee for KCL Teacher Excellence Award
• 2013 Awarded “Exemplar of Excellent Practice” for
MA Dissertation in IPE, KCL
• 2012 Awarded “Exemplar of Excellent Practice” for BSc Dissertation in
Economics, Royal Holloway, UoL
• 2010-2012 Awarded Royal Holloway Founder’s Scholarship
• 2010 Awarded LRSM in piano performance
• 2010 The UK Paper Presenter in Shanghai Expo Outstanding Youth Forum
• 2008 The UK Volunteer at 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
• 2008 The SE London regional Finalist in Students Investor Challenge
• 2008 Performance Young Celebrities Concert at Banstead Arts Festival
• 2008 Prize winner at Croydon Music Festival:
‘Distinction’ certificate and 1st place in the class of the Romantic Period
‘Distinction’ certificate and 1st place in the class of Classical Period
• 2008 Wilson’s School: The Sixth Form Ensemble Award
• 2007 Wilson’s School: Piano Class Young Musician of the Year
• 2007 Prize winner at North London Festival:
‘Distinction’ certificate and 2nd place in the class of Own Choice
• 2007 2nd prize winner at CYM Louis Watt Competition
• 2007 Recipient of MBF Young Talent Awards
• 2007 Recipient of Jacket Petchey Achievement Award
• 2006 Awarded Dip ABRSM in piano performance
• 2006 Awarded membership of National Academy for
Gifted & Talented Youth
• 2006 Received Dunraven School Townsend Award
I am one of Joe’s student who did ABRSM grade 5 Theory and then Grade 6 under his insightful mentoring. I passed both grades with distinctions! I have felt blessed to have Joe as my teacher! He’s patient, creative, and genuinely a responsible and kind individual. It’s hard to find a good teacher who understands you well. I strongly recommend Joe to you. He won’t let you down!
Joe has developed from his teaching experiences a great and creative pedagogy in teaching both Piano and Mandarin Chinese, which is reflected in his students’ great motivation, high school performance and long term learning commitment. He is punctual, well prepared for each lesson with clear targets, instructions, and differentiations. He is patient, encouraging and responsive to individual needs and identifying strategies for their needs. In addition, Joe is friendly, easy going, but highly responsible and trustworthy. I therefore strongly recommend him to the job and believe you are very lucky if given availability to have him help you achieve what you want to.
Prof & Dr Yangguang Chen
Goldsmiths, University of London
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