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Subjects Taught


Hourly RateOnline Lessons
Hourly Rate
Primary £18.00£16.20
Secondary £18.00£16.20
GCSE £18.00£16.20
Casual Learner £18.00£16.20


Hourly RateOnline Lessons
Hourly Rate
Primary £18.00£16.20
Secondary £18.00£16.20
GCSE £18.00£16.20
A-Level £18.00£16.20
University £18.00£16.20
Casual Learner £18.00£16.20

English (Foreign Language)

Hourly RateOnline Lessons
Hourly Rate
Casual Learner £18.00£16.20

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Personal Description:

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.

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


  • Teflacademy (2015) - TEFL 120 Hours course (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
  • ABRSM (2012) - ABRSM Grade 8 Clarinet (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • Oaklands College (2010) - BTEC National Diploma in Music Practice (College) (✔ On File)
  • ABRSM (2010) - ABRSM Grade 5 Theory (Professional) (✔ On File)

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