Due to pandemic-related restrictions as well as my own need to self-isolate, all lessons are currently taking place online via my virtual studio. To ensure the best possible learning experience, please see my online setup guidelines. If you are considering starting lessons and concerned about learning online, get in touch to discuss your concerns or book a 30 minute taster session.
Teaching has always been an important part of my professional portfolio, which also includes orchestral and ensemble work, live and studio session work, and composition and arrangement. I draw on my professional playing experience to enhance my teaching method, and teaching keeps me on top of my instrumental and musical skills. I have always taught students of all abilities from age 5 to age 70+. My only prerequisite for taking on a new student is that he/she is genuinely committed to regular practice and lesson attendance. While my own music education was grounded in classical music, my career has ventured into many different genres, and I have explored non-classical avenues with many of my students, drawing on my own experience with playing in rock bands, working with singer-songwriters and producers, and my extensive work in film and media music.
For those wishing to enter exams, I have an excellent track record of preparing students for Associated Board exams from grade 1 to 8.
My teaching studio is also a fully operational recording studio with video recording facilities, which enables me to record lessons and create practice aids such as under-tempo play-along versions of pieces, studies, exercises and scales. Audition recordings and videos can also be made for reasonable prices.
Online cello lessons (via Skype) are available, but I will need to assess your suitability. If you have never picked up a cello before, you are far better off finding a teacher you can visit (or vice-versa) in order to be shown fundamental techniques in a traditional lesson environment.
Music theory is an essential element of any musical education, whether studied informally in practical lessons, or in the form of dedicated theory lessons. I have prepared many of my students for ABRSM theory exams over the years up to grade 6, and have sufficient knowledge to teach up to grade 8. In addition, I offer assistance with school and college curriculum music theory and history, and general musicianship lessons which can be tailored to whichever specific aspects of music you wish to study including history, appreciation, ear training, harmony, analysis and basic note reading skills. Whichever area of theory you wish to study, my aim is always to make lessons enriching and memorable. My theory lessons can be taken online as well as on site at my studio.
I offer one-off or short term consultations on any of the following:
Buying a cello: advice on what to look for, where to look; sourcing of potential instruments; assessment of an instrument you're considering (requires you to bring the cello to my studio)
Selling a cello: advice on pricing; advice on online advertising; advert copy writing; full service advertising - advert copy writing, photos, video of instrument being played, handling of sales enquiries and negotiation of final price and sale (requires you to bring the cello to my studio)
Cello practice: whether you're just starting or you've been playing for years, making the most of your practice time and staying motivated can be difficult. Sometimes a helping hand is just what you need. I can create a bespoke practice schedule based specifically on your level, repertoire and goals. It can be as basic or detailed as you feel you need, and can be reassessed to update or intensify on a regular basis.
For composers: cello part editing including assessment of playability, help with technical and articulation markings and recommendations for changes where appropriate