Information About Stefan - Oxford teacher - (47 reviews)
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I am an experienced teacher with pupils of all ages and abilities, having graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a BMus (Hons) in violin perfomance and further study under Diana Cummings FRAM, Simon Smith and Nic Fallowfield.
The violin has provided me now with many years of enjoyable music-making ranging from performing Bartok’s violin duets at Bridgewater Hall with the current leader of the Hallé orchestra to playing in masterclasses with international soloists such as Tasmin Little, Baroque specialists and renowned quartets such as the Chillingirian Quartet.
I started studying at Birmingham Conservatoire with Nic Fallowfield and was awarded an entrance scholarship as well as being one of only five students to receive the Leverhulme Trust scholarship from my year group. Prior to this I had received an award from the John W R Taylor Memorial Trust Fund which is given to exceptional instrumental students from Staffordshire. I then continued to study with Diana Cummings (professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music) who is one of the UK’s most eminent violinists and teachers.
As well as teaching I am also a professional freelance violinist performing mainly throughout the Midlands, Oxfordshire and London. I have performed with several orchestras, chamber orchestras and string quartets throughout the country and internationally.
Before moving to Birmingham to study at the Conservatoire I had many regular violin, piano and theory pupils covering all ages and abilities. I have helped coach group sessions in violin teaching for schools as well as taking several string group sessions and quartet rehearsals for younger students.
I currently have a great mix of pupils of all ages and abilities from across Oxford. Previously, I worked for a music service where I taught in primary, secondary schools and colleges based in Cheshire and Staffordshire for three years, alongside my own private pupils, before moving to Oxford. As part of working for a Music Service I provided class instrumental teaching as part of the 'Wider Opportunity' initiative.
I have experience teaching the exam syllabuses of the ABRSM and Trinity/Guildhall and have had successes all the way through to Grade 8 and beyond. I have also had students join some of the major youth orchestras in the country, such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Youth Orchestra), National Youth String Orchestra and National Childrens Orchestra. I also have had others who are now studying music in some of the top universities in the country.
Many of my students have achieved prestigious music scholarships and exhibitions to schools both locally and nationally such as Magdalen College School, Oxford High School, Abingdon School, Winchester and Eton. I have also had many students who have been offered places at prestigious junior music departments nationally and internationally such as the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music, Royal Academy and the Julliard school in New York.
I also prepare students at universities such as Oxford Brookes and Oxford University for their final recitals and performances.
As well as instrumental teaching I also provide Music Theory tuition in preparation for exams or just to further a students knowledge of musical analysis. I have delivered sessions in harmonic analysis and music history for Bucksmore Education Summer School in Oxford as well as preparing undergraduates for music theory modules.
I have also helped students with special needs and learning difficulties to develop both their playing and love for music and this has been incredibly rewarding as a teacher.
Enjoyment is the key to quick and efficient learning especially at a young age. Developing the ear, sense of rhythm, musical personality as well as teaching the instrument itself is paramount in making a rounded and versatile musician which therefore enables the student to try all sorts of new things. This ultimately will let people fully enjoy what they are learning and playing, especially if they are learning for fun.
I ensure my lessons are tailored to each pupil and am happy to teach people violin, piano and/or theory who are eager to learn just for enjoyment, or are keen to take the graded music exams. I like to make my lessons balanced between performance and musicianship to enable my pupils to be rounded and confident musicians.
I organise concerts twice a year for all my students (children and adults) so they get a chance to showcase all their hard work as well as learning to deal with the pressures of performing. On top of this I try to organise students (again children and adults) into small ensembles so they get a chance to play in groups which develops a students listening, counting and ensemble skills.
I also offer Skype lessons for students who are unable to travel. Skype has been great at allowing students to continue their studies even when they might be away. I currently have students in the UK, US and China who have been benefiting from Skype lessons.
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- Birmingham Conservatoire (2013) - BMus (Hons) Violin Performance (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- ABRSM (2008) - Grade 8 Piano (Distinction) & Grade 8 Theory (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- ABRSM (2007) - Diploma of Performance in violin ABRSM (DipABRSM) (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- ABRSM (2006) - Grade 8 Violin (Distinction) (Other) (✘ Not On File)
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Our son passed his grade 7 ABRSM with him with distinction. We definitely continue with him for his grade 8.
Overall 10 out of 10 in every respect.
Brilliant and Thank you
He is able to give clear instructions and has a wealth of knowledge and trivia that he uses to fill the lessons. Also flexible with scheduling lessons.
I would definitely recommend him.
I can’t recommend him high enough.
My son is happy with how they work together and with the progress he is making. Stefan keeps him busy and motivated, so we are hopeful the exam will go well.
You have been extremely professional, organised and very approachable.
I had 9 lessons so far with Stefan and it is more that enough to say that he is an extremely competent teacher. I feel that his method is great and adapted to the student, at least it is what I feel. And he is the nicest person/teacher I could think of.
I am happy to play piano again, and I owe it for the most part to Stefan.
Thank you, hope it will last many more months/years!
Would recommend him to anyone! If my wife decides to go for lessons, we would pick Stefan.
Yes, I have been in contact with Stefan and we have arranged for a first lesson next week.