Information

Some information about myself and my music teaching. If you have any queries, then do not hesitate to contact me.

I love teaching music and I am an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. Whether you wish to learn piano/keyboards, cello, brass, music theory, or even the recorder, I can bring a wealth of experience and learning to your lessons. I am also very flexible when it comes to genres, and teach classical, jazz, or rock and pop.

Over the years, I have taught people aged 5 to 93, from beginners to Grade 8 standard. Though many learn an instrument for pleasure or as a personal goal, a sizeable number of my pupils have gone on to study music in Higher Education, and some have gone on to successful careers in music/audio related industries.

Please note that apart from online lessons, I do not teach at home, but travel out to you. This is included in my fees with no hidden surcharges. In addition to my private pupils, I also currently teach at the following private schools:
Dorset House School
Great Ballard School
Slindon College

Qualifications:

  • GLCM (Graduate of the London College of Music)
  • Piano Grade 8 ABRSM
  • Euphonium Grade 8 ABRSM
  • Cello Grade 7 ABRSM

Child Protection: Since I work in schools as well as privately, I am vetted/checked and trained annually for Child Protection. I take this very seriously, and strongly believe that such checks and training should be compulsory for all private tutors, which unfortunately it is not. The code of conduct gives parents peace of mind that their child is being taught in a friendly and safe environment.

NSPCC: Keeping Children Safe In Music Course
CRB checked previously and DBS checked.

Special Needs: I have worked at Slindon College as a one to one music teacher for many years and am very experienced dealing with children with special needs such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyscalcula, ADHD and ADD. Over the years I have seen pupils’ confidence grow whilst learning an instrument, and a number of these pupils have gone on to study music in Higher Education.

Exams: I am an experienced exam accompanist, and teach the Associated Board, Trinity, and London College of Music exams. Pupils take exams if they wish, but it is not compulsory. Some pupils fast track, sometimes even skipping a grade, whilst others work at a slower, steadier pace. Those that do not do exams often take them later on as their confidence and abilities develop.

I always keep pupils and parents informed of the level of progress whether exams are taken or not. When pupils take an exam, I try to attend to offer my support. This is at no extra cost, but I do charge £20 if a pupil needs me as an accompanist.

Over the years, I have performed at such venues as the Royal Festival Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Westminster Central Hall, and many others in a variety of orchestral, band, and choral roles. These days, I am totally committed to teaching full-time and consequently I will never ‘disappear’ to go on a tour or to perform a few gigs. This is especially crucial as exams approach or the pupil is preparing for a performance.

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