My motivation for teaching is to help students develop their own musical journey, discovering which style of playing they are most interested in, and helping them to grow as a musician and develop their skills. I believe strongly in encouraging students to find joy in their learning, and although I think it is important for some to study for exams, I don’t believe it is a necessity for all students. I do regularly enter pupils for Associated Board practical and theory examinations with a one hundred per cent pass rate. For those learning a more popular style, I have introduced them to the RockSchool exam board. Some pupils also choose to use the Trinity exam board.
Experienced and Professional
I attended the University of Liverpool to study Music and Popular Music, with a final study in popular piano. I then completed a Primary PGCE at Northumbria University. Since university I have worked as a primary school teacher for 8 years, keen to use my musical skills with children. I have been teaching music privately and in schools for the last 7 years. In 2013 I left the classroom and went full-time with my passion - private music tuition. I enjoy playing at weddings and parties: www.harrogateweddingpianist.co.uk
I keep a written record for all lessons given and students receive termly progress reports, written if required. This aids lesson planning and is a useful means of checking and maintaining pupil progress. Parent communication is very important to me, as I believe parents play an important role in supporting and encouraging practice outside of lessons. Payment is by bank transfer / cash or cheque and I will send a monthly invoice via email. I am fully DBS checked and hold public liability insurance.