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Drama

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Primary £45.00£40.50
Secondary £45.00£40.50
University £45.00£40.50
Casual Learner £45.00£40.50

English (Foreign Language)

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Primary £45.00£40.50
Secondary £45.00£40.50
GCSE £45.00£40.50
A-Level £45.00£40.50
University £45.00£40.50
Casual Learner £45.00£40.50

Japanese

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Primary £45.00£40.50
Secondary £45.00£40.50
GCSE £45.00£40.50
A-Level £45.00£40.50
University £45.00£40.50
Casual Learner £45.00£40.50

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Personal Description:

I am an actor-musician with a double first class degree in Japanese from the University of Cambridge and a Distinction and Special Diploma RAM in mu Masters degree in Musical Theatre from the Royal Academy of Music. I also hold an LRAM teaching qualification and have passed the highest level of the Japanese Proficiency Test (JLPT N1). Alongside stage performance, I offer private tutoring in Japanese, Musical Theatre, Singing and Speech and Drama. I also lead tailor made group workshops on Self Confidence, Team Building, Drama and English Language Through Drama (for students whose first language is not English).

Tutoring Experience:

I have been tutoring Japanese privately for 3 years, mainly at degree level, although I can also teach any level from beginner / casual learner to those wanting to practice or refresh Japanese conversation. I have tutored students through first, second and final year Japanese exams, and through every level of the JLPT tests.

I offer English conversation sessions for students whose first language is not English. I started teaching English and English conversation in 2012-2013, during my year abroad in Kyoto. I worked for two tutoring companies, teaching students aged 4 - mid 50s. Working with such a wide range of students, I learned to be very adaptable in my tutoring style and in the creation of my teaching materials. I spent the first 6 months of 2015 volunteering in Japan, and during that time I worked regularly at an English conversation school, whilst also offering private Skype sessions, face-to-face lessons and translation services to clients.

I am Resident Drama Coach for the Keio Japanese Summer School which runs each year at Downing College Cambridge, running Drama and Creativity workshops for groups of 25-35 students at a time.
I have 9 years' experience helping lead Drama workshops at summer schools, middle schools, universities and childcare centres in the UK and Japan for British, Spanish, French and Japanese students.

In July I graduated MA Musical Theatre from the Royal Academy of Music with a Distinction and Special Diploma RAM award. At RAM I studied Musical Theatre and Singing teaching, and I hold an LRAM teaching qualification. I offer Musical Theatre training for students of any level, specialising in sessions on Acting through Song. If you need particular support before an audition or drama school application, I can offer an intense set of sessions to help you through the process. I also hold grade 8 LAMDA Speech and Drama, and can tutor students taking Speech and Drama and public speaking exams.

I offer Self Confidence workshops for groups of any number (private 1 on 1 sessions also available). These are tailor made, and can emphasise any combination of audition and interview skills, body confidence and/or strengthening personal intuition.

Tutoring Approach:

I use a variety of materials to teach Japanese - combining approaches from the major textbooks (Introduction to Modern Japanese, used at the University of Cambridge / Genki 1 and Genki 2 / Minna no Nihongo / Sou-Matome JLPT tutor books etc) Although Japanese is not my mother tongue, my own experiences learning Japanese at university in Cambridge and in Kyoto allow me to explain how to go about studying this challenging language more clearly perhaps than a native speaker to whom Japanese comes naturally.

When coaching students for Musical Theatre, I emphasise the importance of Acting through Song. I believe that anyone can learn to sing - I support students at any level, from beginners to advanced level students.

In both language learning and Drama, I believe that confidence is key. I hope to help my students never hold back in fear of making a mistake - just taking part and offering up an opinion is a valuable response, whatever form that takes.
I am naturally talkative and confident, but having worked with a wide variety of students, I know that some students feel intimidated by a tutor who pushes them to overly express themselves. More than anything, I try to encourage my students to gain confidence in their subject, and confidence communicating their unique ideas.

Qualifications:

  • Royal Academy of Music (2016) - Studying: MA Musical Theatre (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • University of Cambridge (2014) - 1:1 BA Japanese Studies (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (2013) - Level 1: Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Professional) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: French, Japanese
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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