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I have been teaching piano and singing privately for some fifteen years and enjoy my work very much. I have an outstanding record of success at piano, classical singing and music theatre grades with 100% pass rate; the overwhelming majority of my students gain merits or distinctions.
I tailor a curriculum with weekly practice and lesson logs for each student and teach every student how to practise effectively.
I do not continue to teach students who do not practise and keep in very regular contact with parents to review progress and potential.
The minimum standard that I will consider for a new singing student is grade 5 (or equivalent) although I do take on some beginners who are motivated and who interest me. Even though I am classically trained, most of my singing students are music theatre singers. Many of my students have been accepted at top schools over the last few years including Arts Educational, Mountview, GSA, Italia Conti, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Leeds College of Music and Lipa.
Most of my piano students are intermediate to advanced but I have recently started taking on beginners as I have found that teaching my seven year old son has been hugely enjoyable.
My approach to teaching is friendly but businesslike. I will enquire after the health of the hamster but prefer to spend lesson time teaching not chatting.
I draw on my extensive experience as an ex-professional musician (read biog page for further details) and my qualifications to deliver consistent, purposeful teaching.
I offer lessons to students in Pontypool, Cwmbran, Newport and Blackwood (South Wales).