Through my teaching experiences, I have developed different methods to effectively communicate and explain concepts to students in a way they can comprehend. At Ealing Junior Music School, from helping out at ‘Come and Play’ events since I was a student there, I learnt how to help prospective students to successfully produce their first sound on the flute within minutes; as a deputy teacher, I have experimented with teaching methods I learnt during my postgraduate studies and from attending flute masterclasses at other London conservatoires to see which techniques worked best for each individual pupil.
I have taught and worked in the music departments at Ealing Junior Music School and Latymer Upper School, and as a self-employed private tutor. I have recently completed my MMus in flute performance at Trinity Laban, pending graduation, where I have tried to engage with as much music as possible, ranging from performing and recording newly-commissioned works for my chamber ensemble, to learning baroque flute. As well as being chosen to play flute in the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra in both years of study, which gave me the opportunity to perform alongside members of the Philharmonia Orchestra, I also played six different woodwind instruments in Trinity’s production of Sweet Charity last summer. I actively sought to become a member of the Trinity Laban Saxophone Choir and a clarinet quartet, and sang in the Trinity Laban Chamber Choir, an auditioned choir which primarily comprises of first-study vocal students at the Conservatoire.
As an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge, I was a recipient of the University’s prestigious Instrumental Award for Chamber Music and was a Choral Volunteer at King’s College, singing in the choir for evensong services in the College Chapel each week. In addition to these duties and fulfilling the academic demands of the Natural Sciences course, I performed in countless college music society concerts and several theatrical productions with four different university-wide societies. Additionally, as a member of the orchestras within the Cambridge University Musical Society, I worked with a number of acclaimed musicians including Sian Edwards, Natalia Luis-Bassa, Simon Channing and Keith Bragg.
2018 – 2020 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance MMus: Distinction
2015 – 2018 University of Cambridge BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences: 2:1
2007 – 2014 Latymer Upper School 2014 A-Levels: 4 A*s
ABRSM Grade 8 Qualifications: Treble Recorder (2014, Distinction), Clarinet (2012, Merit), Violin (2010, Merit), Piano (2009, Distinction), Flute (2009, Distinction)
2019 – Ealing Junior Music School
• Deputising for instrumental teachers (flute, recorder, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola) in instrumental lessons and chamber ensemble rehearsals
• Teaching music theory to students in preparation for examinations
• Assisting staff every week with setting up and general tasks such as checking that hire instruments are in working order
• Stewarding for end of term concerts and ABRSM examinations
• Assisting with the set up and running of biannual 'Come and Play' events
• Assisting ensemble directors during rehearsals
2014 – Private Tutor
• Teaching a variety of science subjects to a number of pupils based in West London
2014 – 2015 Assistant to the Music Department at Latymer Upper School
• Organising concerts and other musical events, including notifying relevant students, parents and staff about such events and overseeing stage management for internal concerts
• Providing assistance and support to the Director of Music and other academic staff, as well as the large team of peripatetic teachers
• Directing and organising ensembles, including photocopying/scanning scores, marking up bowings and ensuring all correct parts are ready for rehearsals
• Teaching music at the junior school
Christina is a brilliant teacher and a hugely reliable individual. I have known her for over five years and worked with her for about three years. Not only is she very organised, but she is also kind and patient - hugely important traits for a teacher.
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