I teach piano and harp, and coach individuals in the Art of Performance and Improvisation across a variety of career sectors. I am an Associate of the London College of Music, (A.L.C.M), have a BSc Hons from UCL, & Coaching Level 3 Award I.L.M. (Institute of Leadership and Management).
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
*(I teach contemporary to classical, pop, jazz, and specialise in teaching pop, jazz and improvisation).
Tell me about your qualifications:
BSc Hons UCL
Coaching Level 3 I.L.M. (Institute of Leadership and Management)
Grade 8 Piano
Grade 7 Harp
- How much do you charge?
£40 Piano (1hr)
£45 Harp (1hr)
£40 Music Interaction for Special Needs (1hr)
£50 Creative Coaching (1hr)
£50 Life Coaching (1hr)
NB - There is a minimum £5 additional charge for travelling to students houses.
- Where do you teach?
I generally teach in Chesham HP5, Chiltern District.
Depending on times, I can also travel to North London, Hornsey, Crouch End / Muswell Hill / Highgate.
Please enquire for more information.
- When are you available?
I teach/coach on weekdays. I do not teach/coach weekends as I am usually busy with performances.
Please enquire for more info on availability with my timetable and to find a mutually convenient time.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
Young to mature
Up to at grade 8
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Duke of Edinburgh
Major performances, recordings, interviews, auditions.
- What kind of experience do you have?
(Please scroll down for COACHING)
I am have been teaching for over 10 years, and worked with students age 5-60. I have successfully coached students for exams up to Grade 8 and for high pressure performances/festivals.
I am available to teach piano, harp and 'Music Interaction' for people with special needs. I am an Associate of the London College of Music, (A.L.C.M.)
I have performed internationally with artists including Nigel Kennedy and I am an active part of the arts scene, as a performer and composer, which adds to my versatility and skills to offer. I am passionate about making people enjoy music and find out what they love and want to learn and assist them to get there as much as I can.
Originally classically trained, I now play a wide range of styles of music, including contemporary, classical, jazz and latin, and I am keen from my own experiences to encourage children especially to look at different styles of music, to develop their passion as well as technique.
"Our daughter Gigi, just turned 7, has been having harp lessons with Tori for about a year now. Our 5 year old son Milo also recently started keyboard lessons with her.
"We chose Tori principally because we wanted Gigi's introduction to music to be without pressure, age-appropriate and above all, fun! After speaking at length with Tori, it was clear that she could provide Gigi with all of those things and more. Not only does she have amazing technical dexterity and the ability to amaze and inspire with her talent, but she also possesses an infectious energy and has a calm and kind approach.
"Having a very creative child, we wanted her to be able to explore music and musicality with complete freedom and without fear - Tori has been able to give our daughter that space and hearing the songs and compositions that they create together is always one of the highlights of our week!
"Now that our son has also started lessons with Tori, we look forward to seeing where our children's musical journey will take them. We couldn't have asked for a better start or for a better teacher."Ally Carboni
I lead my own trio TORI HANDSLEY TRIO (harp-bass-drums) and my debut album is due to be released soon. My recent EP is featured here:
I am a member of the Warriors International and performances have taken me to the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scotts, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Scala and Union Chapel. I have performed with Nigel Kennedy, Award Winning Act Binker & Moses (recording also for their 2nd & 3rd album release) BJ Cole, Orphy Robinson, Evan Parker, Pat Thomas (winner of Paul Hamlyn award), Nikki Yeoh, Engines Orchestra (winner of ensemble of the year 2016 parliamentary jazz awards) amongst others.
I also co-host "Freedom: The Art of Improvisation" at the Vortex, London, with Orphy Robinson MBE and Cleveland Watkiss MBE. Freedom is a monthly improvisation session which we curate, and welcome musicians and artists of all genres and backgrounds, and experience, to get up on stage together, and improvise in the moment - with no preparation / knowledge what will happen. This has been one of the most rewarding experiences, and continuing passions of mine, encouraging people to be in the moment, listen, and know they can go into the unknown and trust themselves in what they have to say. For me improvisation, and the development of communication skills it brings, is an enormous tool for life, and confidence in all aspects.
I really enjoy working with people of all ages, from children, to adults perhaps taking up an old passion again, or who have always wanted to play and never made the move! Harp is currently my first performance instrument, however I am equally at home teaching piano, especially as this was originally my first instrument.
I have had a wide range of teaching experience, both personal and professional, from one-to-one tuition to taking large workshops for 70-80 children, and have even helped guitarists through rock workshops! I have also worked with the elderly in nursing homes and day centres, Alzheimers patients, and those with various special needs. I play for Music in Hospitals, and have also worked with Sunbeams Music Trust, and the Bridge Special School.
I also offer 'Music Interaction' lessons, using music and improvisation as a communication tool for those with special needs, which I have developed over 4 years volunteering at the Bridge Special School and other personal experience. Please enquire for more information on this.
I coach individuals across a range of careers, to improve confidence and resilience. I specialise in working with people who may be considering making a change in their career, or starting up a new business, as well as people who have already embarked on their cause, but who need help to ride the waves and walk the walk.
I have a Coaching Qualification Level 3 from the Institute of Leadership and Management.
I specifically coach in the 'Art of Performance', getting up on to your stage whatever that may be, leading a team, public speaking, important interviews/auditions.
I also coach in the 'Art of Improvisation': learning to be at ease with whatever situations may through at you, to re-centre, trust yourself, to be able to focus on the moment and be the best you can.
From a long, high pressure career in performing and leading, (including competing in and winning major national competitions from age 11, my first major break being invited to tour with my childhood hero Nigel Kennedy) I have always been drawn to sharing my experiences and the tools I have learnt, to help others to develop confidence and resilience: to rise to new challenges, be able to say 'yes' to those opportunities, cope with huge pressure, to 'perform' and be yourself.
I was recently awarded a scholarship and completed a course in Leadership and Sustainability with Akasha Innovation, and I co-host a monthly night 'Freedom: the Art of Improvisation' at the renowned Vortex in London.
"Through coaching, Tori has developed my self awareness, which has helped to clarify many situations for me. In my role as a Headteacher she has enabled me to have greater effect when dealing with challenging circumstances." Pauline, Headteacher
"My coaching sessions with Tori came at an important juncture in my life. Through her listening and guidance I was able to meet the challenges involved and make a successful next step in my life and career.
"The result of this has been more than I hoped for and really a dream come true for me. Tori's coaching was an invaluable part of the process as it helped me to focus and hone in on what was need to be done, prioritising and simplifying the tasks into necessary action. It is a skill that I have carried further into the subsequent path that I have taken and is serving me well.
"I cannot overstate how Tori's amazing listening skills, understanding and respect for my inner world, together with her professional approach and guidance, was and is invaluable to my development and success." Alistair
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
No. I had full DBS 2 years ago whilst working with a special school.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Music in Hospitals
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I teach a range of ages from 6 years old up to age 60, including teenagers. Everyone is completely unique and individual no matter what age / ability, and I create a bespoke program for each student. I don't believe in limits, which are often put on due to age / experience / occupation, and believe if you put your mind to it, you can go far beyond expectations.
"Feeling older than the average student I had fairly low expectations and a narrow view of what I could achieve. Tori has blasted that wide open, rejuvenating and freshening my creativity and dreams of what is possible. She has helped to restore my confidence and belief in my abilities and encourages me to step up and show what I can do." Charlie
I have been recently working with a teenage singer, to rise to the challenge of performing in her first music festival in London, an intimidating experience for anyone. I encouraged her to take the opportunity, working through the various possible situations she could come up against ; working through the material, using strategies to help her to feel prepared for the unexpected, to enable her to rise to the performance, with her head held high no matter what happened. She rose to it, despite some humps along the way as expected and could look back recognising her achievements, seeing mistakes in a more light-hearted way, and see what she had learnt. I'm looking forward to coaching her with the next stages of her artistic development.
I recently took a student through Grade 8 piano in only 2 terms, an astonishing challenge and achievement for him, especially whilst doing intense 3 A-levels and not having taken Grade 7. He demonstrated with the right attitude, focus and encouragement, you do anything you put your mind to!
With many pupils we are currently creating our own arrangements of songs they like, (including Viva La Vida-Coldplay / Let it Go-Frozen / Rolling Stones-Sympathy of the Devil / Happy-Pharell Williams) which we construct them together, by ear often and understanding chords. With other students we are learning blues /rock / latin music and how to improvise over it. Another student loves playing folk music and we are working on her confidence playing rhythms, and to trust herself more that she can do it - as she can!
Along the way with my current students we are also in context working on: rhythm, harmony, ear training, sight reading, knowledge of chords, improvisation and in cases composition. Every day always brings something new and things we can discover together; people may sometimes come in a different mood, depending on what they have been doing that day, and I will also react to the moment and what is appropriate for us to work on, whilst aiming at longer goals, passions and areas to focus on, and areas that feel weaker to improve - above all finding what people enjoy!
BSc Hons U.C.L.
Coaching Level 3 I.L.M. (Institute of Leadership and Management)
Member of Music in Hospitals
â€œThrough coaching, Tori has developed my self awareness, which has helped to clarify many situations for me. In my role as a Headteacher she has enabled me to have greater effect when dealing with challenging circumstances.”
Tori's professional yet innovative and personal approach has meant that she has become a mentor to me as well as a music teacher. She has the gift to inquire into and draw out what your aims and dreams are.
Feeling older than the average student I had fairly low expectations of what I could achieve. Tori has blasted that wide open, rejuvenating and freshening my creativity. She has helped to restore my confidence and belief in my abilities and encourages me to step up and show what I can do.
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