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Private Italian and Music Tutor in Livingston

Music: I am a friendly, engaging, versatile musician with many years of experience teaching the most common music practices. I've just come to the end of a Bachelor of Music Degree in which I achieved a 2:1. I am active as a composer, clarinettist (Grade 8 ABRSM), bassist, guitarist and singer, mainly in service to my church. As a clarinettist I have performed in Newcastle in lunchtime concerts in several different settings for Newcastle University and at the cathedral. In my final year at university I specialised in composition and performance so am a very practical musician and I enjoy teaching both. I am also active in the world of sound technology; I write, record and mix my own songs in my home studio as well as helping out with a charity by recording a CD for them.

English as a Foreign Language:
I came back from two years abroad in Italy in July, in which I furthered both my music education and my love for teaching English. I have recently completed a TEFL qualification and intend to teach both privately and in schools. Whilst in Italy I lived in a town called Perugia, which has strong international links so I spent a lot of time talking to speakers of English who used it as a second language. I learnt to change my level of language to suit the ability of the person I was speaking to, and I feel that now I have a good understanding of the English language to be able to communicate effectively with speakers from differing backgrounds and abilities.

Tutoring Experience

I have taught both in the UK and abroad in Italy, mainly on an informal basis to friends and family.
Since January I have tutored at home to private English students.
I currently run the sound tech team in my church, in which I am teaching several people how to set up and mix live sound independently.

Tutoring Approach

I make specifically crafted lessons to the students' need. Specific approach varies depending on the age and background of the student, but I take a methodological and logical approach to teaching, making it clear to the student what exactly they are learning by clear instructions and relevant exercises. I try to make learning a fun experience by encouraging the student to engage with their subject or instrument and most importantly, to have fun with it. For music I am happy to teach grades and recommend younger students to work towards grades, but I don't consider them a necessity to being a good musician and certainly won't force anyone to take them.
I teach both at home and in the Newcastle area as well as online Skype lessons.

LanguagesEnglish (British), Italian
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File


Oaklands College2010CollegeBTEC National Diploma in Music Practice
Teflacademy2015ProfessionalTEFL 120 Hours course
ABRSM2012ProfessionalABRSM Grade 8 Clarinet
ABRSM2010ProfessionalABRSM Grade 5 Theory

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