Information About Nicola - Stanford-le-Hope teacher
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I started playing clarinet in senior school, however this was short lived due to a
change of school. It wasnt until I was in my mid 20s that I got the opportunity
to purchase my own clarinet and I began my musical journey properly. When I
got to 30, life changed, the clarinet took a back seat for a number of years.
They say life begins in your 40's and it truly does! At the age of 44 I bought
myself a Sax, got myself an amazing tutor and joined an Amateur Jazz Band.
Im currently working through my advanced Classical Clarinet and Jazz Sax
Grade Exams. As well as working on my exams, I regularly perform with the
John Seeley Jazz Band, at local open mic nights and with the Kaleo Music
Studios Band. My motto is Age is a Number, so Live in the Now
I'm a big advocate of continued personal development, so I still attend lessons with my own tutor, attend relevant courses and am always learning.
Teaching is something that I ventured into in 2021 so currently my teaching career is in its first stages.However we all have to start somewhere and this is why I have set my level at beginner/intermediate students.
I currently have a couple of private students whom I teach at my home and I also teach in a local up and coming music studio at weekends where I have 5 beginner students and an intermediate student. All of which are progressing very well with their chosen instrument whilst working towards their grading exams which are due to be taken this summer by a few of them.
Everyone is different and people learn at different speeds, what works for one student may not work for another; so I don't have a regimented teaching method because one size does not fit all. Also many of my students are Adults whom have chosen to learn later in life, so there are times when life gets in the way. I base each student as an individual and offer flexible learning, especially as it's not all about grades, some people simply just prefer to learn without the pressure of exams. Learning an instrument should be fun and I prefer to take things at the pace of the student rather than rush through things. I try to separate the different elements of learning music so my students are not trying to put themselves under the pressure of learning it all at the same time and feeling overwhelmed by it all. I currently teach the Trinity Exam Syllabus purely because they offer up to grade 8 in Jazz Exams and offer technical work tests such as improvisation. However examination boards are a choice and these days there are a few alternative options so as a teacher I'm very flexible on this especially if a student wishes to follow a different exam board syllabus.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Trinity (2021) - Grade 7 Classical Clarinet (Other) (✔ On File)
- Trinity (2019) - Grade 5 Jazz Saxophone (Other) (✔ On File)
- ASBRM (2019) - Grade 5 Theory (Other) (✔ On File)
- Trinity (2018) - Grade 4 Jazz Saxophone (Other) (✔ On File)