Information About Karl - Aldershot teacher - (27 reviews)
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Karl offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!
Being largely self taught throughout my youth, I started playing piano from the age of 3, picking up tunes by ear and taking my first lessons aged 6. A graduate of Trinity College of Music in London, my former professors include, Douglas Finch, Yonti Soloman, Penelope Roskell, Margaret Bolt and Judith Morgan.
In addition to teaching I have worked extensively alongside singers, choirs, and other instrumentalists, accompanying for exams and arranging scores.
I regularly enjoy taking part in music festivals and competitions. Previous engagements include winner of the Challenge Cup in the 2017 Godalming Music Festival, the 2015 Farnham Piano Competition (receiving the Peckham memorial award and cash prize) and winner of the Aldershot and Farnborough Piano Festival 2008.
Having been teaching for 10 years now, I have gained much experience in providing tuition to a range of age groups. During that time, I have grown even more dedicated in helping others learn. For me, passing on my skills that I have developed over the last 25 years is one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching.
One of my student highlights was him being awarded the most promising junior award 2nd year in a row from ABRSM adjudicator and pianist, Anthony Williams in the Aldershot and Farnborough Music Festival. I also have 100% pass rate on all ABRSM graded examinations.
I have a very welcoming, friendly and professional approach to every pupil I teach. I tailor each lesson to the needs of the pupil and focus directly on specific issues that need to be addressed in a fun and engaging way, so he or she can come away with the feeling of satisfaction and achievement. I fully support all my pupils and encourage them to have a personal input into every lesson.
To provide my students with a firm backbone of good musical training, I always set out to ensure that the basic skills are in place first and that the theory and aural side is touched upon and put into practise, making sure no bad habits work their way in to help create an all rounded musician who can come away relying on their own skills.
A while back I created a Facebook social group just for my students in order to help bring everyone together into share ideas and confidence. Myself and my students post regularly with positive encouragement and media feeds. I also create spotify playlists that my students follow which provides them with an insight into new styles of music.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Trinity College of Music (2011) - CHE (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- ABRSM (2006) - Grade 8 piano (Professional) (✔ On File)
- Farnborough 6th form (2005) - A level music (College) (✔ On File)
- ABRSM (2001) - Grade 5 Theory (Professional) (✔ On File)
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Despite this Karl very quickly figured out what level my playing was at and where the main issues were, striking a good balance of plenty to work on but without this being overwhelming. Even in a short space of time I can hear concrete improvements in my playing. The fact that he is very focussed on detail and has been able to help me try different technical approaches to passages of music and suggest different ways of practicing has been just what I needed. I was initially pretty nervous returning to lessons again after the time out, but Karl is very patient and approachable and that’s really helped me to get the most from my lessons and start to get back some lost confidence and enjoy playing again.
Karl is kind, friendly and a great teacher. Would definitely recommend.
Definitely recommended for anyone at all levels, I am only a beginner but will hopefully use him as I progress to higher levels.
Great teacher and really nice guy who makes learning fun :).
I would highly recommend.
Happy to have started with Karl, and looking to continue with him for our second child if possible.
I couldn't recommend Karl more highly. He is a very talented teacher with a great personality and very easy to get along with and learn from.
Although I am a complete beginner I feel that I am already getting the hang of things, and also feel I am being taught valuable technique that will make my playing better as I move forward.
The way Karl teaches is great - balancing theory out with practical exercises so it sticks in my head. He also helped me find the right piano to get for myself at home.
Would definitely recommend!