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Piano

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £35.00

Music Theory

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00

Tin Whistle

Hourly Fee
Beginner £27.00
Intermediate £27.00

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Personal Description:

I am a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying a degree in Piano Performance. Since graduating, I took on work at Headington School in Oxford, as a Music Graduate Assistant and Piano Teacher, however the contract was only for a year. I am now settled in Oxford and have built a career in private piano tuition teaching over 40 students. Since the start of 2017 I've also been teaching piano at Oxford High Junior School.

Piano accompaniment is also something I take seriously and I have taken on the role of official accompanist for the Oxford Music Festival.

I believe myself to be a patient, kind and approachable person and I have a real love and passion for teaching. I find it incredibly rewarding and feel I could offer fun and motivating lessons to students of all ages.

Tutoring Experience:

Whilst studying for my A-levels, I taught my very first student - a lady, the piano at Grade 5 level. At Music College I took on a seven year old boy at beginner level, thus having to alter my teaching style to suit his level of understanding. From there, his Grandad wanted piano lessons and he had a keen interest in popular music. I currently teach a variety of ages and abilities, which means I myself am learning constantly, making adaptations where necessary.

Part of my course at Music College was a Teaching Skills module, in which we were given tuition on how to teach. We covered the very first lesson - up to Grade 6 level. One of the tasks, was to find a student to teach, who was learning a different instrument. We were then asked to give them regular lessons for a term and at the end, hold a discussion about any discoveries we made and analysis of our own teaching.

During my time at Headington School I took on three students. A girl of Grade 1 level and two other girls of Grade 4 and 5. I entered the two girls of Grade 4 and 5 for their ABRSM exams in the Summer of 2012. Another role I had was to supervise the students when they were practising, I often went round listening to them and giving my own advice, particularly on ways to practise.

The experience I have had so far has allowed me to develop as a teacher and over the years I have taken time to observe other piano teachers, to gain new ideas that I can incorporate into my own teaching. I don't believe you ever stop learning as a teacher and I am constantly looking for ways to better myself.

Tutoring Approach:

I like students to work towards ABRSM exams, as I believe it is a good motivation to have something to work towards and the exams cover a wide-range of techniques at different levels. I also believe that some students may just want to learn for fun and may like to choose their own pieces. I have a general structure to my lessons e.g - start with scales and sight-reading and then move onto pieces.

I am also open to any other genres, should students so wish.

I have a relaxed approach to teaching, as learning the piano should never be a dull experience or forced. I often focus on different ways to practice, as this is key to becoming a good musician. I cover technical issues as well as exploring the music. I believe my approach is imaginative and my students always respond well.

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

Qualifications:

  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (2011) - 2:1 BMus (hons) - Music (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)

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