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Tom Taffinder - French Horn Teacher - Cardiff & Bristol

Tom Taffinder French Horn Teacher (Cardiff)

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  • Professional Qualification MMus, BMus (First Class)
  • Professional Qualification DipABRSM (Brass Teaching)
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Current DBS
  • Professional Membership Musicians Union
  • References References are available upon request

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Personal Message
I am a freelance French Horn player and teacher based in Cardiff and Bristol and am happy to teach all ages and abilities.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach the French Horn and coach chamber groups and larger ensembles. I've also been the Performance Health lecturer at the RWCMD Junior College since 2013, and am happy to provide lectures on any area of Performance Health (warm ups/downs, sustaining a good technique, creating a healthy practice environment, healthy practice routines, performance anxiety, hearing protection, how to prevent performance-related injuries etc.).
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a Masters (2015) and Bachelors Degree (2013, First Class) in Music Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. I also completed my DipABRSM in brass teaching in 2012.

Upon completing my BMus in 2013, I won the Simon Clarkson Memorial Award for ‘best overall musician’ and both the June Emerson Launchpad Prize and the McGrenery Chamber Music Prize with New British Winds.
What kind of experience do you have?
I perform professionally with orchestras such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera Orchestra.

I teach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Junior Academy, Bristol Cathedral Choir School, Taunton School, Bristol Plays Music; and am the manager of the newly formed 'Bristol Centre for Young Musicians'.
How much do you charge?
£30 per hour, or £15 for half an hour.
Where do you teach?
I am based in Cardiff and Bristol but am willing to travel within reason.
When are you available?
I am very flexible so please get in contact to arrange times.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all levels and ages.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
ABRSM and Trinity exams.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Bristol Centre for Young Musicians - Manager
Bristol Cathedral Choir School - French Horn Teacher
Taunton School - French Horn Teacher
Bristol Plays Music - Brass Teacher
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Junior Academy - Lecturer
Where and with whom did you train?
Tim Thorpe (BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Tutor at the Royal Welsh College)
Ian Fisher (BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Tutor at the Royal Welsh College)
Kevin Price (Head of Brass at the Royal Welsh College)
Do you have a personal message for students?
If you are interested in learning the French Horn, or wish to carry on learning, please contact me and we can start playing music!