Information About Chavdar - Highgate teacher
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Hello! My name is Chavdar and I am a professional classical pianist, vocal coach, singing and piano teacher. While I am working as a collaborative pianist who is active on the concert stage, I am very passionate about teaching and music education in general. I am a very friendly person who believes in a positive approach to teaching and work in general while being able to provide constructive and direct criticism.
I started playing the piano at the age of 6 and after graduating from the National School of Music, Sofia, I came to London where I completed my two degrees from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. At the Guildhall, I had the opportunity to participate in performances and masterclasses led musicians such as Julius Drake, Graham Johnson, Gerald Finley, Stephan Loges, Iain Burnside and Yvonne Kenny. These experiences have been very important to me and have also helped me become a much better teacher, enabling me to pass this experience and knowledge to my students.
I have been active on the concert stage both as a pianist and as a singer, performing in recitals in Canterbury, Sittingbourne, Edinburgh and London in venues such as Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Holy Trinity Church Sloane Square.
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I am extremely passionate about teaching and I feel very happy that it is a big part of my career as a musician.I have over 10 years of teaching experience, working with students of all ages and abilities, in preparation for ABRSM and Trinity graded exams (all grades) or for personal development (preparing for a recital or a recording).
Here are some key points about my teaching in short:
- friendly approach with constructive feedback
- lessons planned in advance
- lesson notes provided at the end of every lesson with clear comments
- balance between technique and musicianship
- enabling my students to solve problems on their own by explaining how to practise and why use specific exercise
- aural and sight-reading training
Here are some more details:
As a teacher it is very important to me to learn about my student's specific needs and adapt my teaching to those needs, rather than provide a generalised lesson that may not be helpful. My approach to teaching is positive and friendly, yet honest and constructive in regards to criticism. I give my full attention and respect to my students during our lessons but expect the same in return.
I have been trained in piano following the Russian tradition of music education and I believe that while leaving the negative elements of it behind, I have carried forward the positive elements and integrated them into my teaching. This means that I teach in a very structured way with specific targets, but always promote a positive and supportive environment, adding fun to piano playing.
In my teaching I focus both on technique and musicianship as I believe they are closely connected. While I spend time developing my students' technique and ability to progress into more complicated repertoire, I never leave the musical work behind. I always encourage my students to think creatively and create a story about the piece they are playing. Music needs to be communicated and performed sensitively in order to move an audience. I believe strongly in encouraging even my youngest students to think creatively and communicate through the music they are playing.
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Additional Languages: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2018) - MPerf (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2016) - BMus (Hons) (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- National School of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria (2009) - Special Qualification High School Diploma (College) (✘ Not On File)