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Musical Theory for Graded Exams or as a supplement for School Music Lessons

* John studied music at the University of Oxford, which included world-class tutorials in composition and theory across a variety of genres. Having achieved distinction in his LTCL diploma in classical piano and grade 8+ in violin, he has taken numerous exams, for which a solid understanding of musical theory has been essential.

* This class is useful for anyone wishing to take ABRSM or other boards' theory exams, or as a supplement for anyone taking GCSE or A Level music. It is recommended, though not essential, to travel to John's house in the case that students do not have a piano or keyboard.

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At teacher's location: White Horse, Bury Saint Edmunds IP29 4SS, UK
At student's location: Around Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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About Me

Having read music at the University of Oxford, John is now a freelance composer, performer of piano and keyboards, and teacher of theory and piano with a healthy dose of zeal for all things music. He is an accomplished classical pianist, having achieved a high distinction in his LTCL diploma recital, the culmination of several years of intense lessons and residential courses in London funded by the PianoMan scholarship. He received Grade 8 distinction on violin at the age of 14, going on to take it further at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department during sixth form. He won the West Suffolk Young Musician Award on piano, and was a finalist on both instruments.

He has performed in a range of settings, such as Oxford's 02 Academy and Truck Fest with his jazz-electronic band Wandering Wires; at London's UBS Centre where he performed Mozart's Double Piano Concerto; and in many orchestras, including the National Children's Orchestra and the Oxford University Orchestra. He is also a keen jazz pianist, having founded a jazz-electronic quartet with whom he is currently touring, and has been twice accepted onto the National Youth Jazz Collective's summer schools.

He is a hardworking, patient and inspiring teacher who enjoys seeing his students make progress. He aims to be professional and relaxed, making sure students have fun, and are challenged to achieve the best that they are capable of. John has taught multiple instrumental and theory lessons, and likes to teach through a sufficient degree of repetition, making sure that students gain a solid grasp of any given principle before moving onto the next.

Education

University of Oxford, Oriel College 2014 — 17
BA (Hons) Music Degree (2:1)
Scholarships: Oriel College Instrumental Award (piano, 2014 — 17); Second and Third Year Scholarships (academic)
Royal Academy of Music (Junior Department), London 2011 — 13
Pianoman Scholarship 2009 — 17
Licentiate of Trinity College London Piano Diploma (LTCL Recital, 99% Distinction, 2017)
County Upper School, Bury St Edmunds 2009 — 13
A Levels: Music (A), History (A), German (A), French (A*)

Experience / Qualifications

INSTRUMENTALIST:

John is an accomplished and versatile instrumentalist, having reached national levels in jazz and classical piano and violin. The accumulated experience from this has given him the technical and musical knowhow for idiomatic writing, and contributed an eclecticism invaluable for screen work:

Classical:
*Regular lessons in London and residential courses with international concert pianist *Richard Meyrick and Russian virtuosos as part of the Pianoman Scholarship (2009 — 17)
*Performed Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos in E-flat major, K. 365/316a, at the UBS centre, London (November 2015)
*West Suffolk Young Musician of the Year on piano, and finalist on violin (July 2013)
*Violinist (and composer) at the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Department (2012 — 13)
*Grade 8 distinction in violin (2009)
*Violinist in the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain (2005 — 09)

Jazz Piano:
*Regular performances in the King Edward’s Street Trio (2018 — present) at Sandy’s Piano and Wine Bar
*Various cafés, bars and restaurants, and functions such as weddings (2010 — present)
*An Oxford University big band (2014 — 15)
*Student on the National Youth Jazz Collective 2012 and 2014 summer schools
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OTHER:

*Teacher of ABRSM music theory 2014

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COMPOSER:

Latest Commissions: 2018 — present
*A piece for the choir of Oriel College, Oxford, and virtuoso Australian guitarist Craig Ogden (January 2019)
*A piece for the Oxford University Jazz Orchestra (December 2018) to be recorded at Challow Park Studios in March
Soundtracks: 2011 — present
*Fluency in DAWs Ableton Live and Cubase, and in notation software Finale.
*Freelance composer for London music production companies A-Mnemonic Music *Productions (March 2018 — present) and Finger Music (September 2018 — present) with fast turn-arounds

Freelance composer for film production company, Free Bird Film (October 2017 — present)

At Oxford I composed the soundtracks of several short films and trailers, and heard three of these at a screening of student shorts in a local cinema (May 2016)

Theatre: 2015 — 16
*Composed and performed incidental music for Oriel College’s production of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost (June 2016)
*Musical director of Oriel’s garden play, Euripides’s Hippolytus, staged in the original Greek: composed 19 minutes of music for string quartet and flute, assembled musicians, arranged rehearsals and performed in the production (October 2015)
Classical:
*Having composed twenty pieces during school, I organised and rehearsed live performances of some of them:
*Conducted the première of my chamber piece ‘Come Hell or High Water’ in a composition concert at the music faculty, University of Oxford (November 2014)
*Composed a setting of Nunc Dimittis and sang in its performance in St Mark’s Cathedral, Venice, with the school choir (July 2013)
*Arranged rehearsals and a performance of my piece ‘Scene of Winter’ for string quartet at the Royal Academy of Music (January 2013) and attended its workshop performance by soloists of the Oxford Philomusica in the Holywell Music Room (February 2015)
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WANDERING WIRES — five-piece electronic-jazz-pop band

Keyboards/synthesisers, violinist, arranger, composer and producer 2016 — present
*Composing and songwriting, arranging for chamber orchestras, performing on violin and piano in recording sessions for two albums and two EPs, programming synthesisers
*Performing live in a range of venues, including Truck Festival (Oxfordshire), the 02 *Academy (Oxford), Brasenose College Ball (Oxford), and various venues in London
*Marketing on social media to sell tickets, working with promoters, having radio interviews and collaborating with other musicians

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