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I am a classically trained musician who has branched into many different styles of music over the last decade.
I started learning piano when I was four years old and my love for the instrument grew from there! I completed my grade 8 when I was fourteen and having also achieved grade 8 in clarinet, I soon after began teaching. In 2008 I moved to Birmingham to study Music at university and graduated in 2011 with a BMus 2:1 (Hons).
With 10 years of experience, I specialise in teaching younger children piano, keyboard and clarinet, however I have experience teaching pupils of all ages. I teach both Piano and Clarinet to Grade 8 ABRSM level, but I am very happy to teach any board of exams or just for fun! I also teach music theory and harmony.
I welcome any ages, however with very young pupils I do ask that they can recite their alphabet.
I have enjoyed teaching for many years now, and developed a set of teaching games which I have found to be very effective in helping children learn quickly and efficiently. I bond quickly with pupils and try to establish a good working relationship within the first two lessons.
Here are a basic set of the guidelines I tend to stand by.
As a piano student you agree to:
• Punctuality: turning up on time with the appropriate books and materials for your lesson.
• Independent study: you are responsible for your own practise. The amount of practise you do will determine how much you progress in your lessons; practise makes perfect! I will recommend how much practise you should do for your level but it is up to you whether you follow these guidelines. If, however, you are not making satisfactory progress and are not practising, then a discussion will be had to determine whether it is right for you to continue your lessons.
• Discipline: you must schedule your priorities and understand that there is not always enough time in the day to do everything, but choose wisely the activities that are important (this may not necessarily be music for you!). Do try to practise every day where possible, but do not worry or get stressed when you are unable to do this.
As your teacher I agree to:
• Invest in you as a musician and to try to help you to the best of my ability. I will always try to give you 100% of my attention and effort and if you do not feel you are receiving this then you have an obligation to tell me.
• Encourage and support you in your practise and development as a musician.
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