Information About Peter - Reading teacher - (22 reviews)
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Hello, my name is Peter. I am a piano and cello teacher living in Reading. Originally from Belfast, and graduate of Queen's University Belfast, I have tutored music in schools and privately for over ten years.
Before moving to England, I was an organ scholar at St Peter's Cathedral for three years and won the Barbour Cup at the Holywood Music Festival.
I am a passionate musician and educationalist. For the past two years, I have been the Education Governor for one of Northern Ireland's largest primary schools.
30 minute lessons are available.
Piano students will also be taught on Yamaha's state of the art CLP 685, the flagship in their digital piano range. This offers students Yamaha's finest GrandTouch piano and sound system. Combined together it gives the ultimate concert grand piano experience
When I'm not tutoring, I'm a keen geographer and enjoy being outdoors. My favourite holiday is skiing; Val Thorens has been the best so far!
I was a peripatetic music teacher in a number of primary schools in Belfast and Lisburn for over 5 years. All my students were successful in their ABRSM exams and have continued their studies. Last year, I completed my PGCE at Reading University. This allowed me to thoroughly understand how to adapt my teaching to the various learning styles of different students. It also gave me invaluable insight into how to motivate students and encourage their desire to learn (and practice!).
My approach to every student is different. Each student will have a different way of learning to the best of their ability. However, I take a relaxed approach with younger students as I believe pushing them too much at an early age can be detrimental to their love of music. The more a student enjoys the lessons and playing, the easier it is to encourage them to practice. Why force a student to practice when they can be motivated to do so themselves?
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Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- University of Reading (2017) - PGCE (PGCE) (✔ On File)
- Queen's University Belfast (2013) - Geography (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- ABRSM (2010) - Grade 8 Piano (Other) (✔ On File)
- ABRSM (2008) - Grade 8 Cello (Other) (✔ On File)
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He's been really great with teaching me at a pace that works for me considering I am an adult learner and is so understanding of the need to book lessons in around my work schedule.
Really feel like I'm learning so much faster than when I attempted to learn instruments as a child and also learning smarter in that the foundations of playing are being focused on first rather than moving through each stage as quickly as possible.
10/10 would recommend Peter to anyone looking for a Cello teacher :)
I’m an adult beginner and Peter has proven himself to be knowledgeable, flexible, funny and an absolute pleasure to learn from. In my one month of playing I can see such a significant difference in my skill set and confidence.
I can whole heartedly recommend Peter to anyone looking to learn piano.
I can highly recommend Peter for both piano and cello:
- For my daughter (she had another cello teacher prior to Peter) he has put a lot of emphasis on getting the basis right: Bow hold, body position, focus on reading the music, etc. all things that would pay off later.
- He always makes it fun for her and is very patient.
- Plans the sessions well so she will do different things enabling her to focus for longer.
As for me I can only highly recommend that if you want to start playing again that you work with someone like Peter. I have made much faster progress just over a couple of months than what I thought was possible. He has really challenged me with choice of music. Even my extremely poor sight reading has improved.
And… after the Christmas break, we're planning on Grade II for March.
I found him very helpful and friendly. I would liked to continue with home, except that I had bought the details of another tutor first.