Information About Raphael - Richmond upon Thames teacher
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I'm a well-established and experienced violin teacher/ performer/ composer based in Kew ( South West London) where I have been teaching the violin for the last 25 years (I have been playing the violin for 44 years). I welcome anyone (from 5 years old to adults) who wants to learn and has the time to practice regularly!
I have a real passion for transmitting my love of music and I have a very creative, playful and holistic way to work with people in general. I also play the piano and very often use it for aural training or simply to accompany my students. I do believe that music is not just for grades or exams but a skill for life that can bring tremendous joy and fun along the way. Learning an instrument is also a great way to foster different qualities such as patience, discipline, resilience, curiosity, deep listening and the ability to express and share our emotions while discovering wonderful music.
Although I was trained classically in Belgian Conservatoires and did a CPD course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama I do like to teach a variety of music that is not just classical and I sometimes encourage my students to compose or improvise freely. In the last two decades, I have led many youth orchestras and violin workshops and worked for many years in different schools in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames ( I used to work for the Richmond Music Trust for many years). I'm happy to prepare you or your child for the ABRSM grades or take a more creative path.
I have also recorded 2 CDs of my own music under the stage name of Elphara.
I regularly play with Kew Sinfonia orchestra and have a lot of experience playing solo or chamber music and other non-classical groups such as folk, klezmer, tango, and world music.
-I'm a member of the European String Teachers Association.
-I hold an enhanced DBS certificate.
-I'm a fully qualified violin teacher from the Belgian Conservatoire.
My approach to music tuition is to guide and inspire every person to reach their highest potential possible and so I tailor my lessons to each individual's needs and follow their pace of learning. I always try to create a kind, fun and supportive environment where students can flourish, and feel confident while also being challenged.
I have studied many different violin methods and so choose the ones that seem most appropriate for each student.
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Additional Languages: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2000) - Postgraduate Diploma in Continuing Professional Development (Professional) (✔ On File)
- Conservatoir Royal de Musique de Liege (1997) - Qualified violin teacher (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Conservatoir Royal de Musique de Liege (1996) - Premier prix de violin (Bachelors) (✔ On File)