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Nikolai offers a FREE first / introductory lesson!


Hourly Fee
Beginner £37.00
Intermediate £37.00
Advanced £37.00
Expert £37.00
Casual £37.00

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Personal Description:

I'm a classical pianist trained at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. For beginners, I charge £25/hour and have developed bespoke courses! Get in touch to find out more first lesson is FREE. I work in Bristol and occasionally Europe as a Composer, Workshop Leader, Music researcher, and Piano Teacher. Trained by some of the leading music professors in the UK in; Piano Performance; Piano Improvisation (Basso Continuo); Composition (Studied with Joe Cutler and Edwin Roxburgh); Counterpoint (Part writing and Fugue); Harmony (Tonal Harmony); Musicianship (Aural Training and Dictation); Orchestration (studied with Richard Causton); Orchestral and world music Extended Instrumental Techniques; Music History (16th - 19th Century); Music History (20th and Contemporary); Conducting; Performance Practice & Notation; Aesthetics (Artistic Reactions Post WWII; Music Journalism (with Christopher Dingle)

Tutoring Experience:

I have taught piano to all ages and abilities both casually and intensively since 2009. I have also taught music in primary schools. I have been lucky enough to work as a composer with some of the leading ensembles and orchestras in the UK. I have programmed and help set up ensembles such as the Greater Europe Peace Orchestra with whom I also conducted and lead workshops.

Tutoring Approach:

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FIRST LESSONS - Each student usually starts off with a crash course in Music literacy. This, for the most part, takes 4 to 12 weeks. Sight-reading isn’t hard, just usually under-practiced, something that most people struggle with. Becoming literate in music is invaluable. By focusing on different perspectives and ways of reading music, everything becomes more simple and understandable and surprisingly quickly.

WHAT’S ON OFFER - I think a rounded approach to learning music on the keyboard is important and there are many subjects I can offer: Harmony, Theory, Improvisation, Composition, Orchestration, Practice Psychology, Performance Psychology, Voice Leading, Counterpoint, etc. Everyone learns differently but most students I find enjoy covering these six aspects of playing the piano.

• Internalising and playing from memory
• Score reading logic and training
• Finger dexterity and technique
• Individualisation and Expression
• Practice approach (method and time management)
• Aural training (learning from listening)

Preparation offered for the following exams:

ABRSM: Grade 1 - 8 Piano performance
Trinity College London: Grade 1 - 8 Piano Performance
ABRSM: Grade 1 - 8 Practical Musicianship
ABRSM: Grade 1 - 8 Music Theory

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Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: German, Spanish
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • Birmingham Conservatoire (2011) - BMus (hons) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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