With over 7 years experience of piano tuition, I am a graduate of Bangor University, having obtained a first-class Bachelor of Music with Honours degree. I was awarded the Robert Pascall Award by the Bangor University School of Music. During this time, I also became a piano and music theory teacher and completed an ABRSM Diploma in Instrumental Teaching.
Prior to this, I was the accompanist and co-musical director of the Maletones Choir, Wales. This gave me plenty of experience in leading a choir as I attended weekly rehearsals to accompany and rehearse with the choir in preparation for concerts. I have also gained experience in planning and organising shows and musical productions as I was the musical director of the New Start Theatre Company, Wrexham. This involved organising and producing professional quality compilation shows within a short time limit, including Those Good Olde Days, A Handful of Songs, Well Keep a Welcome and A Dickens of a Christmas. Since moving to London, I have also gained experience as a music leader for Funky Monkey Keyboards. This involved leading keyboard and music theory group sessions of up to 8 children aged 5 11.
I am also a graduate of the University of Greenwich where I gained a PGCE in Primary Education. As a passionate specialist in music, I also chose to concentrate on how music can benefit children with ASD during my Professional Enhancement module. I centred my research on the triad of impairments and visited Elmhurst Primary School to observe how the specialist music teacher used music to develop the childrens interpersonal skills. Since graduating from the University of Greenwich, I have become a primary school teacher in London.
Availability: I am available at evenings during the week and any time during the weekend.
Willing to travel: 3 miles
Experience: ``Tom is an excellent piano teacher. My son has made rapid and sustained progress under his expert tuition. Tom combines enthusiasm and commitment with a program of personal study that develops the individual player. He is also adept at encouraging my son to explore a variety of musical genres in addition to the traditional exam grades. This has helped develop my sons musical horizons. Tom is a friendly, encouraging and knowledgeable piano teacher. I would whole heartedly recommend him.``
~ Mr Andy Smythe, 2015
DBS (CRB) Check: Yes
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