Information About James - Dulwich teacher - (6 reviews)
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James offers a discount of 25% on their first / introductory lesson!
** Online lessons available and new students of all ages and abilities welcome! I allow any additional time necessary (free of charge) for any technical issues throughout the session. So far, issues have been extremely minimal and working remotely has not stopped or limited the progress of students. **
Hello and thanks for stopping by. I'm James, a Piano and Music Theory tutor based in South-West London. I consider piano to be my primary instrument, however my first love was the guitar and I've amassed fifteen years of experience between the two instruments, five of these years based in London. During this time, I graduated from The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance with a first class honours and I have performed in various bands and venues throughout London. Some of my proudest moments include headlining at Ronnie's Bar above Ronnie Scotts, a music industry night at 'Tape London' in Oxford Circus, performing and being interviewed live on 'Resonance FM' Radio Station and performing at Kensington Roof Gardens for an EP launch. My proudest teaching achievement is having a student achieve 100% in their grade 5 theory exam.
I began teaching in September 2015 and now have many students, most of whom come on a weekly basis and others fortnightly, all making great progress. Their ages range from from 5 to 70s and abilities range from never having touched a note to beyond grade 8 level.
I have been described as a patient and understanding tutor with the ability to explain ideas well and cater lessons to the learning goals of the individual.
** Lessons are currently taking place remotely and face-to-face. My preferred platform is currently Zoom but can accommodate Facetime, Skype, Google Hangouts and any new up and coming programmes. **
I specialise in Jazz and music theory and my main areas of expertise are jazz harmony, chords/chord voicings, comping, improvisation and soloing techniques. I dont limit my teaching just to jazz however, Im also available to teach other genres such as pop, rock, blues and funk, and cover activities such as ear training, songwriting/composition and sight-reading.
I have a relaxed and informal teaching style and cater my lessons to the goals and wishes of the student, whether you wish to become a full-time professional musician or simply learn how to play some of your favourite tunes. I am a very strong believer in creativity and freedom of expression when it comes to playing, so I tend to teach the general fundamental 'rules' of music before encouraging students to break them (when appropriate!) to fully develop their own musical voice.
I use a mixture of my own material and published books.
My rates are listed below and are the same for both Piano and Music Theory classes and there is also a 25% discount included for first lessons.
30 mins - £20
60 mins - £30
90 mins - £40
120 mins - £50
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (2016) - BA(Hons) 1st Class Honours (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Newcastle College (2012) - Extended Diploma Level 3 BTEC (College) (✔ On File)
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Thank you James.
I get regular feedback on progress and I would not hesitate to recommend him to others.