During the Coronavirus lockdown I’m offering online tuition and mp3 accompaniment tracks so that you’re ready and confident when your exam, audition or show is rescheduled. Go the Contact page and drop me a line to find out about dates and rates, and for information on video reviews, which I’m providing free of charge.
Teaching is an integral part of my work as a musician, whether on a one-to-one basis—piano and theory tuition, coaching in interpretation of song and lyric—or leading workshops and rehearsals. I particularly enjoy the variety of this aspect of my work: it might involve teaching 6-year-old Capulet and Montague gangs; leading a group of people with Parkinson’s Disease in raucous pirate shouts; or persuading Royal Academy postgraduates to sing while encumbered by a human crinoline skirt.
I co-lead weekly workshops for the English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s programme in Oxford, and lead regular ‘A Musical in a Day’ holiday workshops for children at Didcot’s Cornerstone Arts Centre. As part of MuMo, I collaborate with dancer Roosa Leimu-Brown on sessions that use storytelling, music and movement to explore different environments—for example, the exhibits of the Museum of English Rural Life, where we recently conducted a series of workshops for the University of Reading.
As well as playing for their rehearsals, I give workshops and tuition in performance to members of the Musical Youth Company Oxford (12- to 18-year-olds). I’ve also co-led Creation Theatre’s ‘Put on a Musical Play in a Week’ workshops, with ages ranging from 6 to 16, and musical theatre workshops for teenagers at the Birmingham Hippodrome, for Live Nation Theatre, in primary and secondary schools and for a special needs school; and have led sessions at the Pauline Quirke Academy and Stepping Stones Performing Arts.
Lessons & Tuition
I coach piano students for ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall grade and diploma exams and accompany singers and instrumentalists for every level of examination, including Diploma recitals. I also give theory tuition up to Grade 5.
I’m a member of the Musicians’ Union and follow MU guidance on rates.
£202 per day (pro rata; max 5 hours)
£86.50 per concert (includes one rehearsal)
£35 per hour, £17.50 per half-hour, £22 for 40 minutes
Grades 1—5 £41.50
Grades 6—7 £62.25
Grades 8 & Diploma £83
All rates include one 40-minute rehearsal (60 minutes for Diploma)