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Becky Rumens-Syratt Silver Member
Tyburn (B24) View on map
- Last Logged In: 21 Feb 2015
- Sex: Female
Can Travel To: Bromsgrove, Coventry, North Warwickshire, Sandwell, Solihull
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- Personal Message
- I am Becky, a brass teacher living in Birmingham.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
- My specialisms are trombone, euphonium, music workshops and theory but I can teach all brass instruments and am keen to get players started on their musical journeys.
I also have a lot of experience in musical outreach and workshops, so can teach workshop skills or run workshops for groups of students.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
- I am a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire (BMus(hons)), where I studied trombone with Ed Jones (principal of the CBSO) and Bob Hughes (ex bass trombonist of the LSO).
I am grade 8 distinction on trombone and euphonium.
I have also undertaken Safeguarding children training and Data Protection training.
- What kind of experience do you have?
- As a performer:
I have lots of playing experience in a wide variety of groups. I work as a freelance musician across a wide variety of playing. In my time at the Conservatoire I played in all the major ensembles at the conservatoire and have sat in the principal seat of the repertoire orchestra, brass band, composers orchestra and thallein (contemporary) ensemble. I have played in many orchestras including the Bloomsbury Concert Orchestra, Rehearsal Orchestra, with whom I regularly play bass trumpet, Amadeus Orchestra, European Vacation Chamber Orchestra and the Birmingham Concert Orchestra. I was recently awarded a bursary to perform in the new project, The People's Orchestra. I was a member of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, where I held the seat of principal Euphonium for 2 years. I have played in many brass bands across the West Midlands, including Kibworth Brass Band, Wigston Brass Band and Cubbington Silver Band and dep for any occasion from competitions to fetes.
As a professional freelancer I have played with Hosen Brass beer band and regularly do pit work for musicals and shows, such as Phantom of the Opera and Joseph and the technicolor dream coat.
As a teacher/educator:
Alongside a wide base of private students, I work as a supply music curriculum teacher in a primary schools across the West Midlands. I also do occasional work as a peripatetic teacher at Dudley Performing Arts, where I teach individual and small group lessons as well as whole class instrumental lessons, over all ages from primary to sixth form. As a workshop leader, I have devised my own series of workshops which I ran over 5 weeks in a primary school in north Birmingham. I have worked as a student leader with the CBSO musical leadership project in schools in the Selly Oak area, alongside musicians and leaders from the CBSO. I have also assisted in workshops with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. I worked for two years as a mentor at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire, working with talented young musicians of 10-18 years of age.
I have worked with dyslexic pupils, in both instrumental lessons and teaching music theory on a one to one basis.
- How much do you charge?
- Consultation lessons are half price for a full hour. I am also happy to meet to recommend an instrument for a student, and I have several instruments they can try.
Lessons are £25 per hour. There are travel costs of up to £5 pounds per journey, depending on distance.
- Where do you teach?
- I travel to my students' homes. I am based in Birmingham city centre but am willing to travel out to Walsall, Dudley, Solihull, Coventry, Sutton Coldfield and Coventry, Tamworth and Kidderminster, Evesham and Alcester though there may be an extra charge of between £2 and £5 for longer journeys.
I can teach theory of music and musical knowledge from my home in Birmingham, located close to the M6, not far from the city centre with plenty of parking and very close to major bus and train routes.
- When are you available?
- I aim to be a flexible as possible to fit the needs of my students. I can teach afternoons, evenings or weekends.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
- I have a lot of experience teaching 7-18 year olds, but I am happy to teach adults too. I am happy to teach all abilities from beginner up to grade 8 on my specialisms. I will happily recommend tutors for ongoing students in disciplines which aren't my main areas of expertise.
I would not expect a child younger than 6 to be able to hold and play a brass instrument, but I would love to teach younger children music theory or music skills to compliment their other lessons e.g. piano.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
- I follow Trinity Guildhall or ABRSM graded exams, but only on the request of the student who wants a progressive challenge.
I am also a ABRSM music medals trained teacher-assesor.
I believe it is more important to get good groundings in technique, sound and musicality and grades should be an addition to this.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Yes (september 2012)
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
- I am a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
- Where and with whom did you train?
- I trained at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Ed Jones of the CBSO, Bob Hughes (ex-LSO) I also studied Euphonium and Bass trumpet with Katrina Marzella (Black Dyke Brass Band) and David Purser respectively.
Before this I was a scholar on the Hampshire Specialist Music Course at Peter Symonds college, Winchester, where I studied with Dr, Cliff Bevan and Julian Poore.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
- Last entry, both my pupils who entered exams were successful, with one passing grade 1 tenor horn and the other getting a merit for grade 3 tuba! This is a typical set of results. I also helped a pupil gain a music scholarship for secondary school.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
- Music is fun and changes your life!
It's not easy, it takes talent and hard work, but the rewards are incredible and there are so many skills you can learn and use for the rest of your life.
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