Claude

Alexander

020 8530-0710

/ 07985 763-072

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Detailed Information

 

Making music is the activity about which I have been most passionate throughout my life, and since January 2000, I've discovered a similar passion for teaching.  Although I've taught music on a one–to–one basis at various times in my life, it's been since then that I've had the most interest and commitment, and this is reflected in the training I've undertaken for the profession in recent years.  Additionally, I value highly the opportunity as a teacher to contribute to my local and neighbouring communities, to help others to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of music and progress their skills, confidence and pleasure in being active participants in it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Teaching ‘Philosophies’

A long–term goal that I have as a music teacher is to instil enough confidence and knowledge in my students to enable them eventually not to require a teacher, but rather to independently direct their own lifelong learning and practice in music.  I teach from a general principal that musicianship is most enjoyably and successfully advanced through putting music making and listening first, ahead of academic learning (e.g. of music theory).  More specifically, I believe that when we learn or rehearse an element of music (e.g. a scale, pattern sequence or cadence), instrumental and musical ‘language’ proficiency is almost always most effectively progressed by performing in relation to a specific tempo, time signature (usually "four–four") and phrase length (of usually 4 bars — including a rest for half or most of the ending bar).

 

I also have — and encourage in my students — high realistic expectations for their achievement.  In conjunction with this, I try regularly to acknowledge progression and achievements, and likewise, also have my students recognise and ‘own’ their accomplishments and hard work.  Finally, I believe that it is through playing with others that the ‘batter’ of musicianship developed through practising is ‘baked’ and gains social meaning.  The experience is not only transformative, but is the memorable — even magical — reward; it ‘fixes’ the hours of practice into a more lasting facility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope this has been helpful and encouraging.  If you have any questions or wish to enquire about lessons, I'd be very pleased to hear from you (020 8530-0710).

 

Looking forward,

Claude Alexander

 

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