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I am a classically trained pianist and composer with a PGCE in Music Teaching. I started teaching piano in 2008 after a number of years spent as a secondary school music teacher. I obtained my Post Graduate Certificate of Eduction in 2005 from the London School of Education. I studied the piano from age 10 and decided to become a composer at 16. I studied Music including Piano at University and specialised in Composition at the Conservatoire of Geneva. Since 2000 I have worked as a singer/songwriter, performing and recording my own songs, and as a pianist/composer writing classical pieces and organising recitals of my work.
I currently teach from my own studio in South End Green, playing on a Steinway Grand piano. The studio is attractive and is an ideal environment for learning. I was born in 1974 in England, and grew up in France. I returned to London in 2001. I am married with three children. I really enjoy teaching the piano and look forward to seeing students learning to play and progress in the art of music as well as developing their character.
After my PGCE year (2004-2005) training as a secondary music teacher, I worked for 3 years as a secondary school music teacher at Sir John Cass in Stepney Green (Tower Hamlets). I taught KS3, GCSE, and A-Level Music, and helped organise student performances for school concerts. I also taught RE, Critical Thinking, and General Studies. From 2008 I have been teaching the piano privately. I've taught children from the age of 4 upwards, as well as teen-agers and adults. I've tried many different approaches to piano teaching and about 4 years ago I was pleased to discover the Suzuki Method which I have been using ever since in addition to the traditional methods.
I use the Suzuki Piano Method for teaching the art of playing the piano. This method is efficient and progressive and leads quickly to a sound and musical grasp of the piano. In parallel students will study notation and how to read music. Once a sufficient basis is established, we can start preparing for ABRSM Piano, Jazz Piano or Theory exams. Thereafter we continue to advance in tandem with both ABRSM and Suzuki Piano syllabuses. Students are required to practice 20 minutes 6 days a week minimum if they are to progress suitably and be motivated to improve. Parents must supervise their practice and check they have completed the homework for the next lesson. Homework is set in each lesson. I ask of my students to make a real effort and to develop a strong character through the study of music. My students participate in half-termly informal concerts in which we get together to share the pieces we are working on, learn from each other, and practice performing skills.
Additional Languages: French, Spanish
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Sarah Lawrence College, New York, USA (2006) - Bachelor of Arts in Music, Literature and Philosophy (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Sir John Cass Secondary School (2006) - Secondary Music (QTS) (✘ Not On File)
- London Institute of Education (2005) - Secondary Music (PGCE) (✘ Not On File)
- Conservatoire of Geneva, Switzerland (2000) - Certificates in Composition and Orchestration (Other) (✘ Not On File)
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Glad we found you Thomas! Many thanks!