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Waka Hasegawa Classical Piano Teacher (South East London)

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Preparing for concerts, exams, auditions or competitions?
I will show you the best way to practice, how to be able to perform the piece rather than just playing the notes!
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach Classical Piano (Grade 1-Diploma and music college level) and Music Theory (Grade 1-5)
Tell me about your qualifications.
I studied for a Bachelor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music and gained B Mus (Hons) then continued my post graduate study at Guildhall School of Music & Drama (LGSMD).

I also have LRAM teaching qualification from Royal Academy of Music and I was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2008 (ARAM).
What kind of experience do you have?
Teaching is a very important part of my career. As an active professional pianist I possess sixteen years of combined teaching and performance experience. I have taught pupils at all levels, at various schools and privately, as well as professional piano teachers. I am competent with beginners to LRSM diploma standard. As Artist Director of the biannual Bristol International Duo Festival I have also organised masterclasses with students from local schools in the Bristol area as part of the festival program. I believe there is great joy and satisfaction to be derived from learning the piano. Therefore, when I teach I endeavour to impart this feeling of enjoyment and essential love of music to my students.

As a teacher I believe it is important to endeavour to find ways to foster and further a student’s musicianship and skills. In particular I like to organise regular performance classes and concerts. To create a platform where students can play for each other and inspire one another. I encourage my students to play a variety of pieces and periodic styles such as piano trios, duets, duos, and of course solos, ranging from Baroque to more contemporary living composers’ works. As a result of this encouragement my students have achieved many prizes at various music festivals and competitions. Furthermore I believe that my own professional performing experience is an asset that I have found to inspire students with a positive direction toward learning and practicing music.

As a performer, I have performed at many venues both in the UK and abroad.
My recent concerts including recitals at the National Cherry Blossom Festival at Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, Windsor Festival, Chichester Festivals, Adur Arts Festivals, the Newark Festival, Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, Fairfield Hall, Bridgewater Hall and St George’s Bristol.

As well as my solo career, I have an internationally successful piano duo Piano 4 Hands with English Pianist Joseph Tong.
How much do you charge?
Piano Lesson
Consultation/ £45 per hour (Beginner to Grade 5), £50 (Grade 6 to Advanced)

Lesson plan (40 lessons a year)

Beginner to intermediate Up to Grade 5 standard)
30 minutes (under 6 only) £85 per month
45 minutes - (under 10 only) £110 per month
60 minutes - £145 per month

Grade 6-8
60 minutes £150 per month
90 minutes £220 per month

Advanced/Post Diplomas/ Piano teachers
Please contact me for more information.
Where do you teach?
Crystal Palace
When are you available?
Weekdays
Weekends
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I have many pupils currently working on their grades and diplomas.
I teach all ages and abilities from beginners to much advanced music college levels.
I have had experience teaching young children and adult students.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Piano 4 Hands http://www. piano4hands.com
ISM ( Incorporated Society of Musicians)
Where and with whom did you train?
I studied with Piers Lane at Royal Academy of Music and Joan Havill at Guildhall School of Music& Drama.
Tell me about some of your current students.
I regularly enter my pupils to music festivals locally and I have many students who have won and archived a successful results. Many of my pupils are also music scholarship holders at schools/colleges.

I also currently have three pupils who are working for their diplomas for both ABRSM and Trinity/Guildlhall Music Exam board.

I enjoy teaching adults as well and I have currently two piano teachers who come to me for regular lessons/advices.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I am an enthusiastic teacher and I am very experienced. I tailor my approach carefully to suit the individual and do not teach any two students in the same way. I expect the very best from all of my students but recognise that we all learn at different rates and am patient with those who find learning difficult.

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