FREE TRIAL LESSON. For me playing the violin has been everything; with it I have found an expressive voice which I never thought I had. Through teaching I help others find their voice and it is a wonderful experience.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I offer one-to-one classical violin/viola tuition, plus I teach other styles including blues and jazz.
I prepare students for Grade exams with Trinity or ABRSM and also music conservatoire auditions in the U.K
I also offer end of term 'student concerts' for all my students to have a chance to perform their pieces so that they can prepare for exams more thoroughly, and enjoy sharing their playing for others!
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a 1st class Bachelor of Music (honours) from the Royal College of Music and also a 1st class Masters of Music from the Guildhall School of Music
- How much do you charge?
£30/hour with a free trial lesson at my home
(No free trial lesson plus extra fee for travelling to student's home)
- Where do you teach?
I teach at home, one minute walk from Finchley central tube station.
Can travel to students homes for extra fee
- When are you available?
I can teach most evenings during the week, and mornings during the weekend.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
All ages and levels
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Trinity and ABRSM Grade exams.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I am very friendly and very very fun!!
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have taught privately for over 10 years. Currently I am employed part-time at West London Free School in Hammersmith and I also teach with Music House for Children in Shepherd's Bush and Ealing Junior Music School. I have also taught at Highbury Grove School, London as part of the Music First programme for secondary age students. I have also tutored orchestras, for violin and viola, such as the English School's Orchestra, Barnet Youth Orchestra and Marryat Players.
I perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, including various other freelance ensembles - notably a jazz septet lead by Kate Williams (performances at Cambridge, Birmingham and London Jazz Festivals including Pizza Express Soho and 606 Club)
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
My DBS is fully up to date
- Where and with whom did you train?
During my studies at the Royal College of Music, including elsewhere on masterclasses and courses, I have played for and learned from many high profile musicians in the field. These include members of the Belcea, Sacconi, Chilingirian, Vogler, Yyase and Fine Arts String Quartets in addition to Jennifer Stumm, Predrag Katanic, Garfield Jackson, Martin Outram, Maxim Vengerov, Yuko Inoue, Yuri Zhislin and Jonathon Barritt.
As part of my studies I have performed with the Philharmonia and London Symphony Orchestras
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I have about 20 at my school. They all really enjoy their lessons and we have a lot of fun - they particularly enjoy making up their own song, with my own assistance, and performing it to their families!
(plus none of them make a scratchy sound!!)
• Royal College of Music: BMus Honours in Performance (1st Class)
• Guildhall School of Music, Masters in Music (1st Class)
• Up to date valid DBS check
'Francis is a great teacher. He demonstrates everything very clearly and he is very encouraging. He has helped me to understand the music better and he is also fun!'
"I love my lessons with Francis. He is a great teacher and we have fun together. He makes me really want to practice during the week so that we can learn new songs together. I love playing the violin and this is mainly due to Francis being such a fun and inspirational teacher. "
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