Information About Ben - Forest Hill teacher
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I am an award-winning, conservatoire trained pianist, composer and teacher based in London. Originally from Yorkshire, I am a friendly, warm teacher who has experience teaching students at all levels and ages, regardless of skillset or background. My training in Composition from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (with a secondary focus on Piano) has led me to have a lucrative freelance career. Some highlights include performances at Southbank Centre, Edinburgh Fringe, The Place, Lyric Hammersmith and National Youth Theatre Rep Company. I am very passionate about music education and believe there should be no limits to what each individual student can achieve.
I teach piano for beginners to advanced students of all ages. I've been a freelance piano and composition teacher for 4 years and also hold a teaching post at The Conservatoire, Blackheath. I frequently perform concerts and premiere my own works.
As a composer, I received world-class training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, taught under Errollyn Wallen and Stephen Montague. I am a skilled orchestrator, having written multiple orchestral works with premieres at Southbank Centre and Edinburgh Fringe. I am also a singer/songwriter with a strong knowledge in traditional and contemporary songs.
My knowledge as a composer and as a teacher also means I have a very in-depth knowledge of music theory with knowledge of most genres of classical and popular styles of music.
My teaching style is always warm, generous and tailored to your individual needs. Some students need a more goal orientated structure, some students simply want to have fun. On a first lesson we will set aims regarding what you want to get out of music lessons, and from that I can build a lesson plan perfect for you.
In a piano lesson we will cover:
- Fun and interesting repertoire - part prescribed by myself, but also including any requests the student may have
- Note reading
- Rhythm exercises
- Musical expression
- Possible singing and piano
- Working towards doing grades (if the student wishes)
- Students can request arrangements of songs that I can create for the students current playing level.
In the lesson we would cover:
- Electronic music writing
Usually, the student would bring Ben works they are working on and they can have a discussion about the piece(s), but Ben can also set composition tasks to help further the student’s aims.
As mentioned earlier, as a composer I have a deep knowledge of music theory, so whether it's working through theory grades, or helping you understand why and how music works, I can help.
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Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2018) - Composition/Piano (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)