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I am currently undertaking a part-time PhD on Russian music in the twentieth century, having previously completed a Master's in Musicology at Bristol University. I obtained my undergraduate degree in music with first-class honours at the University of London in 2014, for which my main instrument was the piano. I have gained high level performance qualifications (ABRSM Grade 8) on the piano and violin, as well as Grade 7 on the trumpet and viola. In 2012 I received an award for "Most promising first-year student" for my musical and academic contributions to the department at Royal Holloway, and in 2014 I received the Prize for Composition from Holloway as well. I also received scholarships for postgraduate studies at both Royal Holloway and Bristol. In addition to my academic studies, I work as a church organist, and frequently accompany choirs and soloists.
I have experience teaching piano from young children, teenagers, university students, to adults, and as a result have learned to tailor my teaching to fit the needs of the student. I have taught piano and violin in schools, coached workshops in primary schools, I have coached and conducted a school concert band, choir, and orchestra of students ranging from 11-16. I also teach undergraduate music seminars and act as examiner at Manchester University, for which I have undertaken teacher training courses.
I studied orchestral conducting at Royal Holloway, for which I was awarded a distinction. I received positive feedback from this work for my abilities to communicate musical ideas effectively and to impassion the students with whom I was working. I also have extensive experience teaching Grade 5 theory.
I believe very strongly that having an enthusiastic and patient teacher is central to achieving success on this instrument, and am always looking for new and innovative ways of teaching the piano. Whilst it is important to work on a good technical grounding (scales, sight-reading etc.), I feel it is important to nurture the passion and musicianship that I feel I bring to my own work as a professional performer.
Musical literacy is a vital part of musical development. Whilst achieving Grade 5 Theory is a requirement for taking Grade 6+ in the ABRSM instrumental exams, understanding the ways in which music is written and put together has many key benefits. It helps inform a more musical approach to performance, makes learning music quicker, and improves sight-reading. I am happy to take groups of two or more students for Music Theory.
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Additional Languages: Russian
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- University of Bristol (2015) - Musicology (Masters) (✔ On File)
- Royal Holloway, University of London (2014) - Bachelor of Music (First-Class Honours) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- ABRSM (2011) - Grade 8 Piano (Merit) (Other) (✔ On File)
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Alex is inclined to be a little lazy so needs high expectations and goals to achieve to make him practice!