1995-1999: Aged 9, I won a choral scholarship to Salisbury Cathedral. From there I won a major Music scholarship to Charterhouse.
1999 2004: Music scholar at Charterhouse.
GSCEs: French - A*, English Literature - A*, Music - A*, English Language - B, Science BB, Maths - B, Latin - B, Classical Greek - C
A Levels: Music A, Latin B, English Literature B
2005 - 2008: I won a place on the competitive and prestigious undergraduate Music course at Kings College London. I was also awarded a Choral Scholarship to the college chapel, singing three times a week, making recordings and going on tour.
At Kings my major area of study was in musicology. I also studied harmony and counterpoint, and musical analysis. However, I also studied a module with the English degree course, taking a paper on 17th Century English Poetry.
While at Kings I studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music, as part of the Performance studies module that links the two institutions.
I was awarded a High 2:1 BMus degree and offered a place to study at postgraduate level.
2009 - 2011 I studied postgraduate vocal studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the tutelage of tenor Adrian Thompson.
2013 2016 Last year I graduated with commendation to an MA in Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy. This course began with a study of Kants critiques of pure and practical reason, leading to Marxs critique of political economy and then on to 20th century and contemporary ethical and political philosophy, as well as Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis. My dissertation investigated Levinass conception of Ethics and its relation to the refugee crisis.
I speak reasonable French, Italian and Spanish.
As well as a tutor, I am also a professional classical singer. I am therefore able to help educate students in classical culture, and Im happy to take them to concerts etc.
I enjoy playing Bach on the piano and I am passionate about chess.
Availability: I have good availability, and I value flexibility in my working schedule.
I can also work at weekends on an ad hoc basis.
I am also available for tutoring in holiday time.
Willing to travel: 10 miles
Experience: Over the past six years I have coached a range of students across London and abroad.Contact this Tutor
My students range from young children (as young as 5) to adults. More recently, I have been working predominantly with Russian and Ukrainian students for whom English is a second language. Due to my educational experience and training, I am able to offer a combination of academic, musical and pastoral guidance.
As well as offering help with English, Maths and Latin, as well as general knowledge tuition, I have also helped students prepare for entry to independent schools: giving them interview practice, advising them on how to conduct themselves, and preparing them for academic entry examinations.
I have developed different teaching methods according to the needs and abilities of the individual student. Every student learns English at their own pace, and an ability to tailor my teaching style to the particular student is one of my strengths, and the great advantage of teaching one-to-one.
Students respond well to patterns and regularity, so I aim to ensure that they acquire a sound basic knowledge (of theory, grammar or vocabulary) at the outset. This in turn improves their skill at problem-solving while giving them the fundamental knowledge to move on to more complex areas of learning. It is this expertise in the basic architecture of music or language that makes further learning rewarding and fun.
At a more advanced level, I help students refine their English prose by encouraging them to read texts from newspapers and books, in order to understand how the language operates at a native level. My study of English literature and musicology at undergraduate level, combined with my more recent study of philosophy, have given me substantial experience in tackling difficult texts and responding to them in a critical, concise and nuanced manner.
I believe a happy student learns more effectively. He or she needs to be challenged, but also to feel progress is being made by working in an environment that is productive without being unnecessarily severe.