Information About Nikolai - Bristol teacher - (10 reviews)
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I've had really good fun teaching since graduating from Birmingham Conservatoire and I really enjoy seeing the same people every week. Its great to observe the improvement and I end up get to know my students really well.
I'm a classically trained pianist working in Bristol and occasionally Europe as a Composer, Workshop Leader and Piano Teacher. Trained by some of the leading music professors in the UK at Birmingham Conservatoire 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)
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 luck 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.
My teaching comes at music from different angles:
• Internalising and playing from memory
• Score reading logic and training
• Finger muscle growth and technique
• Individualisation and Expression
• Practice approach (method and time management)
• Learning from listening
I like to vary my methods to help students improve what they struggle with most. Here are two Examples:
• I teach business professionals who want to learn the piano because they have hectic overly scheduled weeks and struggle to switch off their work mode. I usually find students like this intellectual, analytical and visual; often finding sight reading very easy. Progressing very fast, such students have the danger of falling into bad habits, skimming over music making it jolty, uneven and unconfident. – To prevent this, I help my students internalise the music and play it from memory. With the right practice approach and hand exercises, these students begin to switch off, and start to enjoy expressing themselves as they develop into very confident musicians.
• I also teach young children, offering them a mixed media and playful approach in order to maintain their focus. When inspired, these children learn exceedingly quickly, learning to play a piece of music within 2 hours if shown how to on the keyboard. To help these students develop the ability to study independently, I make video practice tools with an emphasis on score reading and logic as well as audio tools to help develop their listening skills. This enables students to develop the critical ability to correct themselves, and with the right practice approach and finger exercises, students are enabled to play and discover new pieces independently offering them endless possibilities.
Additional musical activities:
Other than piano I offer a range of additional musical activities which are optional, to develop a well rounded and competent musician, these extra case studies include:
• Aural training
• Performance Practice & Notation
Preparation offered for 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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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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I would recommend him to anybody looking to take lessons.