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Clarinet

Hourly Fee
Beginner £37.50
Intermediate £37.50
Advanced £37.50
Expert £37.50
Casual £40.00

Saxophone

Hourly Fee
Beginner £37.50
Intermediate £37.50
Advanced £37.50
Expert £37.50
Casual £40.00

Music Theory

Hourly Fee
Beginner £35.00
Intermediate £35.00
Advanced £35.00
Expert £35.00
Casual £40.00

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Personal Description:

I graduated from Royal College of Music in 2010 with a 2:1 in Clarinet performance / BMus. Prior to studying at the college I attended the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Dept. During my studies I won the Steven Trier prize for Bass Clarinet, was selected as a Rising Star to perform in the Cadogan Hall series and also gained a place on the English National Opera Emerge scheme.

Since leaving the RCM I have been working professionally in a variety of musical contexts within the UK and abroad with various orchestras/opera/theatre companies etc as well as extensively as a chamber musician, conductor/orchestral coach and occasionally as a soloist.

Tutoring Experience:

My private practise of 11 years includes students of all ages and abilities. Below is a list of formal teaching posts

- Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School / young musicians (9/2017-)
-Artsfirst - Wider Opportunities - Clarinet (9/2016- 1/2017)
-Twyford CoE School - Clarinet & Saxophone tutor (9/2016-7/2017) (M.C)
-St James prep school Hammersmith - Clarinet tutor (9/2016 - )
-Wyborne School in Eltham (Sept 2011-May 2012) delivering wider opportunities group clarinet lessons
-St John's Preperatory & Senior School (Jan 2011- May 2012)
-Arts Academy scheme - Professor of Clarinet (Nov 2009-Aug 2012)

In terms of wider educational experience, I have delivered workshops in schools on contemporary music, outreach workshops in schools with children aged 7-10 and coached chamber groups as well as conducted and coached adult learner and amateur orchestras.

I am currently the wind and brass coach with Amati Orchestra, an advanced level amateur orcehstra. With the Gelachter trio I have given workshops at schools such as Rodean school, Brighton and a masterclass on chamber music at Leeds College of Music.

With the Goodman Quartet I worked for the 'Live Music Now!' scheme in special educational needs schools delivering engaging workshops and performances across London between 2011-2015.

Between 2011-2013 I was the musical director/conductor for Fleet orchestra, working with and coaching adult learners in an orchestral environment, as well as guest conductor for Aldworth Philharmonic and Chiltern Edge Orchestral Society in Reading.

Tutoring Approach:

I aim to create an open environment where pupils feel they can ask questions, discuss outcomes and be in control of their learning. A sense of feeling guided and not dictated to, whether children or adults, beginner or advanced is central. I believe having a tangible and clear marker of progress is important-I do encourage pupils to work towards grade exams, though not essential.

I was lucky to have a fantastic clarinet teacher during my primary school years and the memory of his lessons has always stuck with me. I want pupils come away from my lessons feeling enthusiastic and inspired to go and discover and enjoy music as I did.

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Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: Welsh
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • Royal College of Music (2010) - BMus 2:1 Clarinet Performance, RCM (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • WJEC/ Friars School (2006) - A Level Music (School) (✔ On File)
  • ABRSM (2005) - Grade 8 Distrinction (Other) (✔ On File)

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