Information About Michaela - Stowmarket teacher - (4 reviews)
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Featured in Leeds Conservatoire's "Class of 2018" as one of their graduates to watch, I am a highly motivated music professional who exudes drive and enthusiasm in my practice; I am an active performer, playing in venues across the U.K. including the prestigious Leeds Town Hall, The Apex, The Venue, Malvern Priory, Wingfield Barns, and many more.
My recent engagements have included performing for Leeds International Piano Competition, working with the Malvern Winds Ensemble on their piano scholarship, performing for Leeds College of Music's first ever "End of Year Show" and "Undergraduate Open Day". Previous engagements have included projects with: internationally-renowned "The Hepworth Art Gallery", where I held the piano residency for the Turner Prize nominated exhibition "Kettle's Yard Reimagined" designed by Anthea Hamilton; The Northern Contemporary School of Dance at Temple Newsam House; The Northern Youth Theatre Company for their performance of Sister Act; First Piano for The Leeds College of Music Camerata Orchestra; The LCoMSU Student Chorus, and many more.
I am determined to commit myself to any student, project, and situation, for I rather invite a healthy challenge than resist it. My academic record holds credence to this statement; I received the Joseph Stones Prize for Classical Music (BA Year Three) - the prize offered to the student who achieved the highest grade and showed the most commitment to their course, and I was invited to perform at my graduation ceremony. I was primarily self-taught for the majority of my childhood, driven by my love for my instrument. I enjoy playing a varied personal repertoire - my recent performances have included works from Cecilia McDowall, Debussy, Liszt, Schubert, and I additionally performed in a piano duet which showcased works from Holst, Shostakovich and Milhaud.
The training I received at one of the UK's leading conservatoires has enabled me to truly develop upon my musicianship, attention to detail, and interpersonal skills. I have trained under a variety of excellent musicians, including some of the classical music industry's leading pianists, such as Danny Driver (RCM), Fali Pavri (RSCM), and Mei Yi Foo (RWCM). I primarily studied solo piano under Jakob Fichert (LCM) and Nico De Villiers (Guildhall), and received ensemble tuition from Opera North's Colin Honours, Dr Martyn Shaw (LCM/Cheetham's). My advanced harmony tuition was delivered by composer, musicologist, and RSA fellow Dr Carl Vincent (LCM), who introduced me to interesting and alternative routes of analysing music beyond basic theory. I additionally undertook modules in business, including self-promotion and Leadership and Ethics, and the module of Music and Ideology which focussed on the philosophy and sociology of music. My vocal training was enhanced in weekly workshops led by renowned classical mezzo-soprano Adrianna Festu (RAM) and vocal rehabilitation coach Dane Chalfin.
I have been teaching piano and vocal tuition for a number of years and have a wide range of experience with students of all levels and skills both privately and in schools. Below are some of my current and previous teaching engagements.
Peripatetic Keyboard Teaching - Brent Music Service, Wembley, London. (September-October 2018)
Private Piano and Singing Tuition - Self-Employed, Suffolk. (September 2018 onwards)
Private Piano and Singing Tuition - Self-Employed, Leeds. (September 2016-August 2018)
Cover Tuition - Leeds Music Academy, Leeds. (Various dates from September 2017-February 2018)
I encourage my students develop upon their pitch, posture, confidence, and sense of personal musicianship. Whether my students wish to develop their skills to work towards examinations or to casually improve upon their voice or playing skills, I tailor my sessions to each individual student. I offer support for performance anxiety, and aim to work upon my students' confidence, for this is where I find my students excel beyond their own expectations. To have the ability to share the skills I have developed and will continue to develop throughout my career with those whom I teach means that I am able to deliver expert, professional musical advice, and give students the right material to develop upon their musicality.
To guide students through the exam process is to ensure that they are fully prepared, and have the right materials to achieve exemplary results - I find that to set guidelines, deadlines and for students to follow a structure is often the most efficient method of educating students, however, I intend for my students to develop to their personal bests, because I believe that is where the best results are born. I am committed to bringing the personal best out of my students; the learning process of each person differs greatly, and it is tailoring my lessons to each individual student that makes their lessons enjoyable and very much worthwhile. With that in mind, however, I believe that the excruciating importance of collaborative work is vital to any student's musicianship. The benefit of collaboration is to enhance upon one's communication and versatility. I aim to create an atmosphere that is exciting, enigmatic and memorable.
When my students achieve their best, I am truly achieving my best for them. The vast benefits of learning a musical instrument throughout one's childhood - or at any given point in one's life - are endless. Enhanced communication skills, interchangeable skills - namely maths - and the very practice of reading another language, can only be of benefit in training a young person's brain and developing into a rounded, experienced person.
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- Leeds College of Music (2018) - First (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
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I am sorry to hear that you're disappointed. I'm afraid, being a full time student and musician, it's often difficult to find common ground with scheduling regular lessons when the times requested are very tight within my timetable!
I wish you luck in finding the perfect teacher for your daughter, and deeply apologise for the cancellations.