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Jack Bennett Classical Piano Teacher (Tonbridge)

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  • Sevenoaks (TN14)
  • Last Logged In: 02 Jul 2015
  • Sex: Male
  • Web site: www.jackwbennett.co.uk
  • Can Travel To: Bromley, City of London, Croydon, Dartford, Maidstone, Medway, Tonbridge and Malling, Tunbridge Wells
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I am a freelance music professional, working extensively as a musical director, pianist, conductor, arranger and teacher. My key areas of interest are musical theatre, church music and music education.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Learning how to use Sibelius is probably just as easy remotely as it is in person. As a professional arranger and orchestrator, I use Sibelius every day as part of my job and can usually troubleshoot, problem solve, or just explain how to do things.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I principally offer tuition in piano and music theory. I am often asked to deliver performance coaching and musical theatre training in addition to conducting and working as a musical director.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I hold an undergraduate degree in Music from Royal Holloway, University of London, in addition to ABRSM Grade 8 Piano (with distinction), Grade 7 Clarinet and Grade 5 Singing and Music Theory.
What kind of experience do you have?
I have been teaching piano and music theory privately for a number of years. I also have experience working with groups of children, teenagers and adults, from directing choirs and instrumental ensembles to coaching music theory. I have convened and delivered the Royal School of Church Music's 'Voice for Life' scheme. Outside of music, I worked as a Classroom Assistant at Kumon for over seven years, facilitating globally renowned afterschool maths, English and Japanese study programmes, with a specific focus on helping (higher level) maths students.
How much do you charge?
My listed fees are based on teaching from my home in Sevenoaks, Kent. I am able to travel to teach at an increased rate. Please ask for more details.
Where do you teach?
I primarily teach from my home in Sevenoaks, Kent, but am willing to travel to students' homes at an increased hourly rate.
When are you available?
Please contact me for current availability.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I take pride in teaching students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, from new beginner pupils at primary school through to adults wanting to get their playing back up to scratch!
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Exams are a fantastic way of benchmarking a student's progressing ability, but they are not essential and they are not for everybody. If students wish to take exams at the appropriate points, I usually suggest ABRSM. As with all my teaching, these are mutually discussed decisions, not imposed ultimatums as they so often seem to be.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes. I have also completed the NSPCC's Child Protection Awareness in Music training programme.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and a Fellow of the Academy of Saint Cecilia.
Where and with whom did you train?
I studied an undergraduate degree in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, with piano as my first study. Specific instrumental teachers include:

* Piano - Debbi Parks (ballet improvisation), Matthew Stanley, Sarah Talaat
* Clarinet - Stuart King, Adrian Goss, Alun Cook
* Organ - Professor Lionel Pike (including choral conducting)
* Singing - Debbie King, Adrian Goss, Jonathan Lycett