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Tom offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!

Violin

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00
Advanced £25.00
Expert £25.00
Casual £25.00

Viola

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00
Advanced £25.00
Expert £25.00
Casual £25.00

Composition

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00
Advanced £25.00
Expert £25.00
Casual £25.00

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Personal Description:

Hello there! I'm Tom, I viola/violin player and composer recently moved back into the area. I studied viola and composition at Guildhall in London with viola professors Mark Knight, Rachel Roberts and composers Malcolm Singer and Matthew Kaner. During my time in Guildhall I was fortunate enough to play in masterclasses with eminent performers and professors such as: Lawrence Power, Eva Scmitt, Paul Cortese, Pierre-Henri Xuereb, Andriy Viytovych and Simon Rowland-Jones. I was also blessed with great opportunities, such as playing with the LSO conducted by Simon Rattle and the Australian Chamber Orchestra lead by Richard Tognetti. As a composer I have had my work played in courses and festivals that I have attended, such as Livorno Music Festival, and on a couple of occasions in Guildhall. I love playing in chamber ensembles, improvising and I also am very fond of collaborating with other artistic fields (actors, dancers etc.) All this is just to assure you that I'm serious about music making! Apart from all that serious stuff I love to walk, read, meditate, dance, spend time with precious people and climb trees.

Tutoring Experience:

I taught privately in my last year of studies and apart from that I have been involved with music workshop with children in London, Salisbury, Germany, Belgium and Colombia.

Tutoring Approach:

I see the journey of music making as the cultivation of relationships: my relationship with sound, my instrument, my body, my mind, other people, the world around me and ultimately with life itself. In this sense I offer a context for the student to experience these relationships and develop them. That is my lofty ideal… but practically speaking I like to ask questions, explore and guide attention - so that the learning that the student accumulates is their own and not just accepted dogma. I also appreciate that students are different - some prefer direct instructions and directives, some prefer to have more freedom so I understand that it is my role as a teacher to adapt and accommodate each students unique learning style but at the same time leading each individual towards their own inner authority - so that they learn to teach themselves.

In terms of pedagogical technique I really like the colour strings and Kodaly approach. Although I'm not a certified Coloustrings teacher I am aware of their principles - putting the music and the students internal engagement with it ahead of the practical/technical side of string playing.

Teaching somebody how to compose is quite a nebulous area… many people say you can either compose or you can't. I don't quite agree with this and believe that there are actually quite a few ways to develop the faculties that are particular to composing: being able to hear music in your 'inner ear', connecting to emotions and relating sound to them etc. There is also a great deal of 'technical' understanding that relates to composing music which can be useful but often isn't. Most of all the practice of composing is an engagement with ones intuition - learning how to discern and act on the internal impulses given, learning which decisions feel more true and which feel less true. Aside from that there is also the accumulation and general appreciation of musical styles - so much music in the world, so many avenues of inspiration, all this can be absorbed and integrated widen ones horizons.

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

Qualifications:

  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2017) - Bmus (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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