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Instruments Taught

Piano

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Casual £30.00

Singing

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Casual £30.00

Keyboard

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Casual £30.00

Music Theory

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £30.00
Casual £30.00

Music Production

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Casual £30.00

Music Technology

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £30.00
Casual £30.00

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Personal Description:

Think Bend It Like Beckham but with music.

Sam grew up in a Muslim family and had to battle her parents to be allowed to start learning to play the piano. As a result she was 13 when she was finally allowed to take up music. Even then it was up to her to raise the money to buy her first piano which she did by working in her Dad's office and saving her pocket money.
Her dedication to music became legendary amongst friends and family when she took A Level Music three times until she achieved the grades she needed to attend the university of her choice and Sam didn't stop with a BA Hons and ultimately gained an MA in Music from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

It was during her struggles to achieve that Sam started taking an interest in learning and education to help her overcome her own barriers in learning. As a result she has a range of methods at her fingertips that she uses to help students achieve quickly and effectively and a strong belief that everyone can learn and to a high standard.

Now an accomplished musician, Sam sings, plays piano and Middle Eastern percussion and teaches all three. Her considerable performance experience includes appearing at Ronnie Scotts and the BBC. She has been interviewed on the BBC for the Jazz/Persian fusion she created and in 2014 she was awarded the Medal (first place) in the Lowes Dickinson Prize for her unique rendition of Duke Ellington's Caravan. Her percussion experience includes playing darbuka (Arabic), tombak (Persian) and tamborim (Brazilian) in a number of bands including the London School of Samba, which she performed with for 4 years.

Sam's wide-ranging knowledge and experience means she is able to teach various styles from classical to jazz and pop piano and singing and Middle Eastern and samba percussion. Her enthusiasm for music has also extended to the world of music technology and sound and she is proud to have worked at the BBC as a sound engineer for many years as well as, as a music technician in a number of colleges. Therefore she is also  available for teaching music technology to any interested parties.

Sam has a DBS Certificate and is trained in safeguarding and Health and Safety.

Tutoring Experience:

Teacher - Instrumental - Piano Tutor
North London Music Centre
Nov 2017 - until now

• Providing one-to-one piano tuition to adults and children
• Teaching styles: Classical and Jazz
• Preparing students for ABRSM exams in jazz and classical piano
• Creating and providing backing tracks for student practice
• Lesson planning and providing feedback to parents

Teacher - Instrumental
Self-employed
Sep 2012 - until now

• Providing one-to-one piano/keyboard, singing and tombak (Iranian hand drum) tuition to adults and children
• Teaching by ear and from notation
• Teaching styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Iranian and Arabic
• Creating and providing sight-reading exercises to suit individual students
• Creating and providing backing tracks for student practice
• Lesson planning and providing feedback to parents
• Teaching music theory on a one-to-one basis

Teacher - Instrumental
Haringey Music Service and Basement Music, Islington
Sep 1999 - July 2000

• Provided one-to-one piano tuition in schools in Haringey and at Haringey Music Centre to students from 5-18 years old.
• Taught singing to 11-18 year old students in small groups and individually in schools across Haringey and at Haringey Music Centre
• Led music workshops for Basement Music to students aged 11-16 years of age
• Provided school reports and prepared students for exams

Teacher - Instrumental
Self-employed
July 1995 - Sep 1997

• Provided one-to-one piano and singing tuition to adults and children

Tutoring Approach:

I believe that everyone can learn to play/sing and I use various methods to suit the student be it teaching by ear or notation or in most cases both. I work to recognise the particular strengths and weaknesses of each student and use their strengths to engage the student and strengthen their weaknesses. My experience in various styles of music and instruments enables me to engage and encourage students and include ear training and music theory in my lessons from the start.
My lessons also include using the latest technologies like providing backing tracks for jazz/pop pieces or simply using the sounds and effects available on any keyboard.

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • Goldsmiths College, University of London (2012) - MA Music (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
  • Anglia Ruskin (1995) - BA Hons Music (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)

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