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Oboe/Music theory/Piano lessons for any age - gain confidence, fulfilment and have fun!

I am a professional oboist with over 20 years of specialised music education in England, Germany, and Belgium and performing experience with some of the best orchestras in the world including the London Symphony Orchestra, Gurzenich Orchestra in Koln, and National Orchestra of Belgium.
I have experience teaching young children, teenagers, and adults as well as giving group lessons. I offer private one on one lessons either in my home or yours (and at the moment via webcam) with a focus on fun, musical fluency, gaining confidence in technique, and learning repertoire.
Whether you're a complete beginner or more advanced, feel free to take some lessons with me and we can work on whatever area you would like to improve on. I believe that learning an instrument should be fun and enjoyable so lessons are student-centred and always with an encouraging atmosphere.

I also offer music theory lessons for school children to support their musical education and any exams they might be taking.

Piano lessons for the complete beginner - my main instrument is the oboe but if you'd like to start learning the piano, I can give lessons in your home and get you started with the basics!

Extra information

If you already have an oboe, please bring it along with reeds and whatever music you are working on. If you are a complete beginner, please let me know and I will help you find an affordable instrument to rent, and also provide you with reeds and sheet music to get you started.
Music theory lessons - please bring any material that you have.
Piano lessons - only available at students' homes.

Location

At teacher's location: Rue Jourdan, Saint-Gilles, Belgium
At student's location: Around Brussels, Belgium
Online via webcam

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General info

Skills:
Age:
Preschool children (4-6 years old)
Children (7-12 years old)
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)
Student level:
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Duration:
30 minutes
45 minutes
60 minutes
The class is taught in:English, French

About Me

I believe that lessons should always be enjoyable and that the relationship between teacher and student should be one based on trust and cooperation. I want to help you achieve any goals you might have, whilst encouraging you to improve and get the most out of the oboe (or music theory/piano).
I am friendly, encouraging, and professional - I prepare lesson material in advance and there will always be a focus on playing and repertoire. I believe that good technique is essential but I want my students to have fun and form positive associations with music, rather than seeing it as something else they 'have' to do.
I encourage students to tell me what they enjoy and what they would like to focus on, but can also give guidance and structure to the course of lessons so that students are clear on what they are aiming for!
Lessons should never be scary or stressful - I want students to feel confident and to come away from lessons feeling like they've accomplished something in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.

Education

10 years at Purcell School of Music, London (Private music school for primary and secondary school stages) (1997-2007)
Bachelor of Music - 1st with Honours - Royal Academy of Music, London (2007-2011)
Masters of Music - 1st - Hochschule fur Musik und Tanz, Leipzig (2012-2015)
Masters of Music (specialising in Cor Anglais) - ongoing - Ecole Superieure des Arts, Mons

Experience / Qualifications

Performance experience playing Principal Oboe:
London Symphony Orchestra (UK)
National Orchestra of Belgium
Gurzenich Orchestra - Koln, Germany
Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Scotland)
Symphony Orchestra of India
Royal Opera de Wallonie, Liege

Chamber Orchestra/Groups:
Kroma Ensemble (Chamber group, Belgium)
Candide (Chamber group, Orchestra, Belgium)
Ross Trio (Wind trio, UK)
Chambre d'Ecoute (wind quintet, Belgium)
La Chapelle Sauvage (Chamber group, Orchestra, Belgium)

Teaching Experience:
2 years in the UK (teenagers and adults)
1 year in Belgium (children, teenagers, and young adults)

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Would you like help with your English? Do you have an exam you need to take? Would you like some conversational practice? Or perhaps you want some help with school classes? Whatever the area you would like help with, whether it's fluency, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, or just feeling more confident in the language - I am here to help! I am an English born, CELTA certified, experienced language teacher who can help you prepare for exams, improve your accent and language knowledge, and gain more confidence in any of the skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). I have taught classes and also individuals, and can design a course of lessons for you or help you with material you already have. I like to use authentic materials (newspaper articles, blog posts, youtube videos, radio shows) as well as making my own activities and adapting some from coursebooks. My lessons are student-centred, so there is an emphasis on the student doing the talking rather than me giving a lot of lectures about grammar points!

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