Information About Thomas - Oxford teacher - (2 reviews)
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I'm a versatile and accomplished musician, teacher and composer. I'm kind as a person, and rigorous as a teacher. Teaching and learning are a two-way process -- if both parties are interested in doing well, it is a great experience. And what is better than Music?
I grew up in France and Geneva, where I went to the International School. I studied at Sarah Lawrence College, N.Y, USA, (B.A) and at the Conservatoire de Musique of Geneva (Certificats), where I specialised in composition. Following some years working as a creative musician, I trained as a teacher at the London Institute of Education in 2004-5 (PGCE) and have been teaching ever since, while continuing my activities as a classical and rock composer / performer / songwriter / recording artist. I lived for 17 years in London, before relocating to Oxford via Montpellier, France. I am fluent in French.
Following the obtention of my PGCE and QTS, I worked for three years as a secondary school Music Teacher in London, also teaching other academic subjects. Most recently I've been a Cover Teacher at Gillotts School, Henley. In between I've taught music privately for over 12 years. I've seen students through a no grade approach; through ABRSM Piano grades, and ABRSM Jazz Piano Grades; and through the Suzuki Piano repertoire. I've used many different lesson primers and have found that none of them are perfect! I've worked with many different types of students over the years. I've taught other instruments like drums, ukulele, guitar, singing, as well as music theory, and can also introduce students to recording, arranging, producing, and notation software, etc.
I believe in assisting students to develop a repertoire of material that they enjoy, that they learn to care for and to refine. In lessons, beyond notation, what we actually learn is how to practice: how to fix difficulties and bring our new skills to bear into the musical fabric. I believe in selecting different pieces for each student based on what attracts them and is most suitable at any given moment. This should give them autonomy and responsibility for their own playing. I will always push for blues, boogie or pop supplements, if the main course is classical, and also design my own exercises or pieces where it may be beneficial. Actually, once students understand the elements of music, there is no reason why should not be composing themselves. At least a 3rd of a lesson will be spent on sight-reading which is a difficult aspect of music and takes a long time to develop. Wherever possible, I will emphasise points of theory and understanding, and interpretation. Scales and exercises are also vital for developing consistency and strength in playing; there is a reason why they are always included in the syllabus!
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Additional Languages: French, Spanish
Availability: 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!