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Ken Ross Classical Piano Teacher (Edinburgh)

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I teach a Classical technique, with relaxation, expression and a singing style.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach Piano and Theory of Music, including training for Associated Board and Trinity practical and theory exams.
Tell me about your qualifications.
BA, ATCL, LTCL (Licentiate of Trinity College London) in piano performance. My theory qualifications is the advanced Musical Knowledge paper that was a requirement of the diplomas.
What kind of experience do you have?
I have 35 years' experience as a professional teacher in New Zealand and Scotland.
How much do you charge?
I charge £34 per hour (1 hour or half hour lessons).
Where do you teach?
At home: Edinburgh, in Morningside; or sometimes at pupils' homes if they live nearby.
When are you available?
I am mainly available during week day afternoons.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
All ages from 7 upwards, all levels up to and including diploma.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall grade exams and diplomas.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes, I have the Scottish equivalent: the Disclosure Scotland (enhanced) certificate.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I belong to the Edinburgh Society of Musicians (ESM)
Where and with whom did you train?
My teacher was Rosemary Mathers, later of the University of Auckland Conservatorium, who was taught by Janetta McStay. Other inspiring guides were Michael Cottam and Michael Houstoun.
Tell me about some of your current students.
My Grade 7 student Stefan McDermott was recently offered the music scholarships from both George Watson's College and George Herriot's School against fierce competition. Watson's was offering two scholarships, Heriot's only one.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I believe the best relaxed technique should be taught from the very first lesson, not left until later on. And the true focus is always musical expression. If you're thinking only of placing the notes in order and passing an exam, the process can be very frustrating. Focusing on musical aspects gives you not only results, but enjoyment!

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