I love meeting and building a rapport with new students. Each person is so different in their experiences and outlook, so I find it incredibly enriching to be able to meet each student at their level and work together to move forward.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
While oboe and piano are the instruments I have studied and taught most intensively (up to degree level), I have experience teaching all other woodwind instruments (clarinet, saxophone, recorder) and of course music theory and academic music. I teach all members of the oboe family, including historical oboes.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I hold a bachelors degree in oboe performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where I studied for four years. Previous to that I studied A-levels in Music, Music Technology, English Literature and German at Chetham's School of Music.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £35 per hour (£20 for 30 mins, £30 for 45 mins) from my music studio at home in Merstham.
- Where do you teach?
I teach at home in my studio in Merstham. I have taught at students' houses in Redhill and Reigate.
- When are you available?
I teach throughout the week (Monday to Sunday) but my schedule is subject to changes. Please get in touch to see what spaces I have currently.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all ages up to degree level.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I am happy to prepare those who wish to take ABRSM grades 1-8, Trinity Laban exams, as well as auditions for funding, schools etc.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I use Skype to teach online.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I started teaching privately in Devon in 2007, and continued to expand my private teaching when I moved to London in 2011 to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As well as private lessons, I have held teaching positions at Borough Music School, Sutton Music Centre, Richmond Music Trust and Bolingbroke Academy. I regularly hold workshops at schools and nurseries in and around London and the South West, often in conjunction with the charity Dartington Young Musician's Support, and every August I coach at the international summer school Baroque Week. I love to work with all ages and experience levels.
Alongside my pedagogical practices I am a professional freelance orchestral and chamber musician, and have played with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Swan. I am a member of the OpÃ©ra de BaugÃ© festival orchestra and am currently involved in an exciting new historical performance project called Good Vibrations, which aims to create powerful, holistic performances based on the principles of just intonation.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have had DBS checks at all the schools and centres I have taught at but currently do not have an up-to-date certificate. This may change in the near future.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
• BMus (Hons) Oboe performance
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