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My name is Zack and I am offering Violin lessons for players of all abilities, ranging from beginners to highly advanced students.
I started playing Violin with Hampshire Music Service when I was 10 and quickly became a Hampshire Music Hub scholar. By the time I was 16 I obtained a scholarship to study Music at Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke.
At this point I also began to study with Finnish Concert Violinist Frida Backman, supported by numerous consultation lessons with both Guildhall School of Music Professor Simon Fischer and Violinist Nikki Rodgers.
Whilst studying at the College, I set up a String Ensemble as well as ran performance classes and seminars, all on top of a full academic timetable. Because of these efforts I was invited back after finishing my studies as an honorary member of staff, taking up the role of Musician in Residence. Here I taught both performance and academic classes on the A level music course.
During this time I auditioned successfully for a number of the UK's leading music colleges and eventually accepted an offer to study Violin Performance at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with an Excellence Scholarship. This is where I am currently studying towards a BMus (Hons) degree under the tutelage of Head of Violin Nathaniel Vallois.
During my degree I have dedicated large amounts of time to the study of Pedagogical Methods and due to this commitment I was chosen to teach and observe at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department. It was here I assisted Head of Chamber Music Jean Gubbins, and Professor of Violin Sam Mason. Alongside this I have also engaged in extensive research into Recordings, Musical History, and Theoretical analysis. All of which I find greatly informs my teaching and allows students to really understand the Music they play.
I play an active role as a performing musician and regularly give concerts and recitals as a soloist. Recent performances have included repertoire such as: Bach’s Chaconne, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Bartók’s 2nd Violin Concerto, and Shostakovich’s 1st Violin Concerto. I also have had the opportunity to work with esteemed Heifetz pupil and accompanist Ayke Agus.
I also have a great deal of experience as an orchestral musician, having played great deal of the standard orchestral repertoire.
I until recently played for the CBSO Youth and Academy Orchestras and still continue to play leading roles in the Conservatoire Orchestra.
For a number of years I also had coaching from Orchestral leader Zoë Beyers, specialising in auditions, ensemble playing, and excerpt preparation.
Chamber Music is also a great love of mine and after a number of years playing in a range of ensembles I have specialised in the performance of Piano based String repertoire. Alongside frequent one off collaborations, I regularly play both with the Pianist Gina May Mcdonald and the Félicité Piano Trio.
During my time at the Conservatoire I received regular specialist chamber music coaching with the Violist of the Lindsay Quartet Robin Ireland, Head of Piano John Thwaites, and Cellist Matthew Sharp. Alongside this I also took part in masterclasses from groups such as The Schubert Ensemble, The Castalian Quartet, The Heath Quartet, and The London Bridge Piano Trio.
This large amount of performing experience has given me unique insights into the majority of the Violinistic repertoire. In turn it allows me to pass down to my pupils knowledge taken from a wide variety of contexts and styles, as well as giving students strategies to be able to perform at the highest possible level.
I enjoy and take pride in teaching a diverse range of students from all ages and backgrounds. As someone who originally came from a non musical family I understand how learning a stringed instrument is sometimes a difficult, but extremely rewarding process. It is because of this that I realise just how important flexible, yet focused teaching is in helping students achieve their goals.
During my own studies I have been educated by teachers from the Russian, French and American schools of Violin technique.
On top of this I have also done a significant amount of research into both Violin technique and playing styles originating both from modern and historical practice.
This knowledge has helped me to understand that there are numerous approaches to nearly all aspects of playing, meaning that technique can be truly personalised to fit each individual student. This flexibility ultimately speeds up the learning process as every player approaches the instrument differently both mentally and physically.
Teacher of both Performance and Academic Classes on the A Level Course at QMC, Basingstoke.
Musician in Residence QMC, Basingstoke.
Teacher and Assistant to Violin Professor Sam Mason and Jean Gubbins at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department.
Taken part in and attended numerous conferences and workshops hosted by the European String Teachers Association (ESTA).
Extensive experience running my own private practice, teaching anyone from beginners up to post Diploma and Music College level students.
My method is heavily based around setting up a reliable and relaxed technique which will allow any student to play with great freedom and musicality. This will be developed around both carefully selected repertoire, studies, and exercises.
I am able to prepare and enter students for any board of graded exams when required, but also encourage learning for the overall joy of playing an instrument. I do this as working through grades can be inspiring for some, however limiting for others.
I am also happy to teach Viola, Piano, Music Theory and Aural listening skills.
I have an ongoing subscription DBS certificate allowing me to work with pupils of all ages, however pupils under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult for the duration of their lesson. I generally teach at home, however I will consider traveling for an extra fee.
My rates are:
£15 for 30 minutes
£20 for an hour
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Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Queen Mary's College (2016) - A2 Level Music (College) (✘ Not On File)
- Queen Mary's College (2015) - AS Level Music (College) (✘ Not On File)