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Instruments Taught

Piano

Hourly Fee
Beginner £40.00
Intermediate £40.00
Advanced £40.00

Flute

Hourly Fee
Beginner £40.00
Intermediate £40.00
Advanced £40.00

Harp

Hourly Fee
Beginner £40.00
Intermediate £40.00
Advanced £40.00
Expert £40.00

Music Theory

Hourly Fee
Beginner £40.00
Intermediate £40.00
Advanced £40.00

Recorder

Hourly Fee
Beginner £40.00
Intermediate £40.00
Advanced £40.00

Personal Description:

Music has always been a major part of my life.

I began piano lessons at the age of four and to broaden my musical awareness, took up the flute at the age of ten. After achieving grade eight piano and flute, I started to play the harp in 2000. By the age of eighteen I had passed Grade 8 examinations on all three instruments with distinction and achieved the certificate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for Performance on Piano.

I graduated from the University of Nottingham with an Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Music (majoring in performance) in 2007. Since then I have achieved the Licentiate of Trinity College London with distinction for harp performance.

As a soloist I’ve taken part in a number of music festivals, including winning my class at the Reigate Festival and in 2004 being a finalist in the Maidstone Young Musician of the Year Competition. I have given numerous public recitals in the Djanogly Recital Hall, Nottingham. I am now a free-lance harpist, playing at weddings, functions and concerts throughout the year and enjoy a busy teaching schedule.

Since graduating, I’ve also also played as principal harp with a number of orchestras on a professional basis, including English Pro Musica, Maidstone Symphony Orchestra, Folkestone and Hythe Symphony Orchestra and for various choral societies and amateur dramatic groups. I was principal harp of the Kent County Youth Orchestra, one of the leading youth orchestras in the United Kingdom and harpist for the Kent Youth Chamber Orchestra. I’ve also played with the Maidstone Youth Music Society and the Kent Youth Wind Orchestra.

As a pianist, I’ve held the position of Musical Director for the East Sutton Community Youth Theatre, where productions included "Blood Brothers" and "Fame!". I was also a member of Spianato piano trio, who performed at functions around Maidstone.

In 2008 I achieved my Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Canterbury Church University, after which I have worked in primary schools in Kent and Surrey.

Tutoring Experience:

I am an experienced one-to-one music teacher on the pedal or lever harp and piano. I have experience of teaching both children and adults, beginners and those with experience – the only condition is that they enjoy music! I am also a qualified and practicing classroom teacher, specialising in music education for 7-14 year-olds.

I can give lessons on a weekly or fortnightly basis, either throughout the calendar year or on an academic term basis. For all instruments, preparation for all public grade examinations for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College is offered, but not compulsory!

Music theory is included as a standard part of both harp and piano lessons, to follow the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’s grade syllabus with preparation for Grade 5 music theory a focus. (Grade 5 music theory is compulsory for any candidate wishing to sit practical music examinations for Grades 6-8 ABRSM).

Tutoring Approach:

Learning to play an instrument is a two-way process involving the teacher and pupil - both need to enjoy what is going on for progress to be made! Music is about enjoyment. I believe that lessons are a 'make or break' with most people and therefore ensure that lessons are suitably paced and tailored for each individual pupil. No two people find the same things easy or the same music interesting and therefore I adapt my teaching to individual requirements, including catering for a variety of learning needs.

Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekdays (daytime)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • Canterbury Christ Church University (2008) - PGCE (PGCE) (✘ Not On File)
  • University of Nottingham (2007) - BA(Hons) (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
  • Trinity College of Music (2007) - LTCL (College) (✘ Not On File)
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2004) - CertGSMD(P) (College) (✘ Not On File)

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