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Hello. My Name is Michelle. I am married with 3 grown up children and a son of eleven. Apart from my family, Music has been my "Life". I began playing the piano at the age of four. As well as being classically trained on the piano, at the age of 12, I began studying the electronic organ, much to my piano teachers dismay (!)
However, I loved the organ, as it enabled me to play many other styles of music, i.e. Jazz, swing and latin. Having perfect pitch and a natural musical ability, I found myself being able to develop my own style of performance.
As well as teaching music privately, I have also taught in schools and colleges. I have a wealth of experience in all styles of music. I would like to think that I am extremely personable, and enjoy teaching all ages and abilities. Apart from teaching, my musical background includes; many years experience as a Music Examiner for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, backing cabaret artists, working in my own function band, composing music for a new musical, that was successfully showcased at a regional theatre in 2006, performing as a concert organist throughout Great Britain. I am currently working on a programme of popular piano classics and my own piano compositions to be performed in concert in the early part of 2012.
I am a member of the ISM and Equity.
In the first instance, the relationship between pupil and teacher is so paramount to success. Lessons should be enjoyable and inspriational. Each one of my pupils is an individual and will come to me with their own ambitions and goals. I am extremely versatile as a teacher, and will teach accordingly. It doesn't matter to me whether a pupil wishes to study towards exams, or if they just want to play for pleasure. Recently, I have really enjoyed teaching adults who have returned to the piano as a hobby; in most cases, they don't wish to play the "classics", but would rather be able to play more popular material. Whatever, the desire, I can accomodate.
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