Information About Ksenia - Fulham teacher
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After graduating with distinction from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in 2009, I won a Leverhulme Trust Music Award to study with Dr. Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music in London. Whilst there, I became a founder member of the Muse Quintet. On the educational front, the Muse Quintet has been the resident group at Latymer Upper School, working with pupils, playing concerts, and giving master classes. We have also given a workshop at Cheltenham Ladies College. In 2011, I became a Junior Fellow at the Royal College, through the Muse Quintet being awarded the Richard Carne Fellowship. In this capacity I coached students, organized chamber music events, and conducted master classes.
At the Moscow Conservatoire I was awarded a Teaching Diploma and, in the decade since then, I have enhanced my skills and experience in teaching through extensive private tuition, both in Russia and subsequently in London. My pupils have ranged in age from four to forty.
Alongside my teaching I am an active professional musician. I regularly perform with leading London orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the London Chamber Orchestra.
I have a deep love of music and an enthusiasm to share this with others through education and through **Web Address Removed**
2011-2013 Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London **Postcode Removed**
A Junior Fellow supported by the Richard Carne Trust.
Coached students, organized chamber music events, and conducted master classes.
2004-present Private Violin teaching
2011-2012 Participated in workshops with children from schools in London as part of the Southbank Sinfonia programme.
2009-2012 Resident of the Latymer Upper School in London, Musical Department
Working with pupils, playing concerts, and giving master classes.
The violin is a very enjoyable instrument to play, with a wonderful and wide-ranging repertoire, but it is also technically demanding and poses particular difficulties at the start. Hence my over-arching approach is to foster an enthusiasm for the instrument and a love of music which will sustain each pupil as their relationship with the violin develops.
Young children are very excited when they start learning an instrument. It is the teacher’s challenge to find ways to keep their interest throughout a lesson and from one lesson to the next. I find it helps tremendously if parents attend the lessons and practise jointly with their children. Sometimes, of course, this is not possible; but it remains important that parents stay engaged in the learning process and provide affectionate encouragement. To aid this, I record a video message, jointly with the pupil, which includes guidance to parents on what is useful to do before the next lesson.
At a later stage, when children are old enough to practise on their own, my emphasis moves to teaching them how to make the best use of their practice time. In particular, I help them analyse their own playing when practising, as this ability underpins the development of skills in both instrumental technique and musical interpretation. The sense of achievement in making progress week to week plays a crucial part in sustaining motivation. In turn, this requires that the teacher finds an approach individually suited to each pupil, - understanding their goals, planning the repertoire carefully, and setting appropriate expectations. Exams are useful in this regard; and I prepare my pupils for ABRSM, Trinity, or Guildhall exams. I also encourage them to perform in concerts and to enter competitions.
Music lessons and practice have a wider benefit in developing qualities of mind and character, including self-discipline, effective organisation of time, and the confidence required for performance in public. Above all, there is the joy of playing music with others. It is a joy which I experience and which, through my approach to tuition, I aim to help my pupils experience.
Additional Languages: English (British), Russian
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Royal College of Music (2011) - MMus (Masters) (✔ On File)
- The Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire (2009) - BMus (Bachelors) (✔ On File)