I have a substantial amount of experience in teaching and performing. I am able to devise lessons around vocal coaching/singing lessons, drama sessions, including stage presence, control and confidence. I am a professional singer and have gigged up and down the country since I was about 13 years old, therefore I have a lot of repertoire. I am also an academic and have studied for a total of 6 years, gaining three degrees in Performing Arts, Music and Teaching. Gaining these degrees has given me the opportunity to tutor subjects that I speacialised in, subjects such as Singing and Vocal Coaching, Popular Music Studies, Popular Music History, Stage Management, Music as a Business, Songwriting, Contemporary Drama, Community Drama and Theatre Studies.
I have always had a passion to teach as I love to share my knowledge with others. I am a very easy going teacher whos aim is to have students succeed in learning to then progress in reaching their goals.
I am very easy to talk to and to work with, as I would like to think that I take time and process what the student wants out of lessons.
I have a lot of teaching experience with children and adults; therefore I have an extensive range of approaches in my personal teaching.
I find that working towards goals with a student gives me great satisfaction, as I see their progress over the weeks.
On a personal note, my education period was a very enjoyable time for me, as I appreciated the process of learning. I believe that every person has talent and I would be pleased to find it through their own strengths by helping and encouraging them to achieve their goals. In this respect I would also see myself as a patient, motivational leader who thrives on student's learning.
I have a lot of experience teaching one on one and in groups. I specialise in Singing and Vocal Coaching and Drama. In the past I have tutored students who taken an academic route in Music, whether this be performance, business or history. These are all fields in which I am very confident in.
As a part time Lecturer, I have lots of duties and responsibilities. My main duties are to plan and teach. I take the time at the start of the schooling year to provide a sufficient scheme of work for each of the units I will teach that year, I like to take the same approach in private tutoring also.
At the beginning of every week I provide myself with a detailed lesson plan.
I am responsible for over 50 students ensuring that they meet their abilities to achieve.
As I teach on a BTEC Performing Arts course, I find myself with a lot of assignment marking and performance, these are marked efficiently and in order, and I am always willing to help and support the students when needed.
I have a great deal of experience working with students from the ages of 3-18. For example, I taught at a youth centre two nights a week. This experience was proposed by a module in my undergraduate degree, and to progress in my degree, this placement had to be carried out. It was a brilliant and very enjoyable experience, so much that I carried on teaching there after I had completed my degree. We motivated the students using Music Dance and Drama and progressed and worked towards an end of year performance, which we held a massive night of entertainment that the students had come up with themselves. The pieces all involved everyday life and real life issues which they represented through the art of performance.
As another module proposal, I taught at a High School teaching practical drama workshops to years 10 and 11 students, this again used the same concept and goals, but this time we worked with slightly more subject focused matters, which were used for their GCSE performances.
During the weekends and summers over the last few years I taught at a Performing Arts academy. Over that time I taught in 3 week Performing Arts summer schools. Each school ran from Monday to Friday, 10am until 3pm and during the week the children would learn songs, play games, write plays using creative writing skills and then act them out, directing each other. We would also play instruments, tell stories, and get the students to deliver workshops to their class mates. All of this would prepare the students for their end of summer performance, held on the last day of the summer course. This performance would be open for all parents and friends to come and see what the children had worked towards. Also I taught at the academy's Saturday school, I usually taught age groups of 3-5, 6-8, 8-11 and 11 upwards, each week focusing on voice and one designated workshop. The children were a joy to work with and I have built up strong connections with them. I believe that I have been able to inspire them, to encourage them, and to help the students aspire to become themselves.
In 2011-2013 I was employed as Head Teacher in an International Language School in South Korea. My duties were to make sure that all teaching staff were supported and lead by my chosen scheme of work. I had to make sure that all lesson plans were checked daily and I had to devise termly examinations for all classes as well as monthly class tests. I organized and lead staff meetings, interviewed new staff members and carried out four classroom observations per year, per teacher giving and providing them with sufficient feedback. As well and my managing role I taught English as a foreign language to ages 3-21, my main focus was to teach students grammar, punctuation, phonics and speaking. Once a week I taught a music and drama lesson. This was my favourite part of teaching as it was a very enjoyable lesson for both the students and I. Over the course of the two years I put together a class choir and every three weeks we would learn a new song and perform it to the rest of the school. We acted out plays that they were familiar with and sometimes they would get the chance to devise their own pieces.
Teaching in South Korea was such a valuable experience for me, as I have experienced education within a different culture and I have picked up a lot of important and valuable skills.
In my time in South Korea I also taught English as a foreign Language in a very reportable international company. Here my students ranged from the ages of 23 -42. I worked there five days a week and for two hours each morning. Over the two years my learners come on amazingly as their English had improved so much. As I was teaching English to help their business expand internationally, I had to make sure that the majority of the topics we would study would be beneficial within the business world. This was a very enjoyable time for me as it gave me the opportunity to work with a different group of people and at a different level.
My approach to tutoring is to take learning at a speed that the student is comfortable with. Before I take on a student I like them to sit down with me and share their goals and what they would like to achieve in lessons/sessions. As I can teach different aspects of my specialist subjects, I like to make sure that the student is fully competent in carrying out their initial desires. For instance if a student was to come to me for a singing lesson, I would want to make sure that that particular student could show a good vocal range so we could decide where we would start and what realistic goals we could achieve.
My students tell me where they would like to go as far as tutoring goes, some students like to come to lessons for a hobby, for confidence building, to take part in shows and competitions and some come for exam preparation. All of these reasons are as important as each other as it would be meeting the specific need of that individual student.
I like my sessions to be relaxed, friendly and fun. I believe that building a secure understanding of what the student wants out of lessons can make sessions more enjoyable and rewarding for both tutor and student.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Liverpool Hope University||2010||Bachelors||Performing Arts (Music and Drama) 2:1|
|Liverpool Hope University||2011||Masters||Popular Music Studies, Merit|
|University of Huddersfield||2015||PGCE||Post Compulsory Sector, MA Level, Merit|
|The TEFL Academy||2011||Other||TEFL|
|English (Foreign Language)|