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Cherie (B.A. Hons) - flute, piano, music tech' teacher in Portchester, Fareham, Stubbington, Lee

Cherie Keyboard Teacher (Portsmouth)

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  • Portchester (PO16) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 13 Mar 2018
  • Sex: Female
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  • Professional Qualification B.A. Hons degree in Communication Processes (included basic sound recording, media studies, music journalism,creative writing)
  • Professional Membership Musicians union

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Patience and being understanding are probably my best qualities for being a teacher. That's not just what I think but a number of my pupils and pupils' parents have told me so. A sense of humour in the right situations can also be productive. Lots of people are good musicians but not all of them have the patience to teach people who struggle with the subject. I know from personal experience from when I was a child that the more someone shouts at a person who is trying hard but finding something difficult, the harder it becomes for that person to do well. That doesn't meant that I will be too soft with anyone messing about but am understanding towards those who are keen but not naturaly gifted in music.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach Keyboards, Piano and Flute but could also teach Descant Recorder if asked to. Lessons can include basic song writing and basic music technology (sound recording, synthesizers, music notation software, software instruments, samplers, sequencers and D.A.W.s (Digital Audio Workstations) if required. I've found teaching these skills particularly beneficial to G.C.S.E. Music students who need to compose and record tunes for their course work, although younger and older students can also enjoy and benefit from them.
Tell me about your qualifications.
BA Hons Degree in Communication Processes which included basic sound recording, media studies, music journalism, and creative writing, which has improved my lyrics. My dissertation was written about music promotion. In the course syllabus it stated that the degree would be relevant to people who wish to teach.

G.C.S.E. music.
What kind of experience do you have?
I have been a semi-pro musician for nearly 20 years and taught keyboards in a school for 10 years. My father was a junior school teacher in charge of music and also ran courses to teach teachers how to teach music. In the 60s his band backed many famous jazz musicians of the time. He taught me how to play my instruments and how to teach. Although I have no official teaching qualifications I had 1 to 1 teaching tuition by my Father. Before I started working teaching instruments I followed him at work for nearly a year, with him giving me advice after each lesson had finished.
How much do you charge?
£12 for half an hour lesson.
Where do you teach?
I teach at home and at pupils' houses. Where I teach depends on the day and area. I teach in Portchester, Fareham, Lee-on-the-solent and Stubbington in Hampshire.
When are you available?
When I am free depends on where you live, if you are prepared to travel to me and if you are free during school hours. Term time I teach every weekday evening. In school holidays I teach a few days a week, except for the Christmas school holiday which I usually take off, apart from my band work. I have a few places left for lessons in the Fareham, Lee on Solent and Stubbington area on Mondays and Fridays. I could also squeeze in one or two more lessons on Tuesdays in Portchester.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach children and adults. I take children from 7, although if 5 or 6 year olds are very keen and have potential I will concider taking them for shorter lessons, perhaps tagged onto a lesson with someone else in the family or a friend who has lessons with me.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
The school I worked at had my CRB checked but as I no longer work there I'm not sure if it is valid. I could ask pupils or their parents to give me a reference if that will reassure you.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Musicians Union.
Tell me about some of your current students.
I'm currently teaching people from about 6 years old to retired adults. 1 pupil I used to teach for many years is now studying music at university.
Do you have a personal message for students?
Patience and being understanding are probably my best qualities for being a teacher. That's not just what I think but a number of my pupils and pupils' parents have told me so. A sense of humour in the right situations can also be productive. Lots of people are good musicians but not all of them have the patience to teach people who struggle with the subject. I know from personal experience from when I was a child that the more someone shouts at a person who is trying hard but finding something difficult, the harder it becomes for that person to do well. That doesn't meant that I will be too soft with anyone messing about but am understanding towards those who are keen but not naturaly gifted in music.

I give structured lessons but do not take people through exams. Exams can be too restricting, emphasizing on either classical or rock. I prefer to take a broader approach with a number of styles and let people learn in their own time while trying to make the lessons as stress free and fun as possible, but without sacrificing theory and technical skills. If my students wish to know what level they are on I'm happy to teach them a few grade pieces to let them know their level but don't put them in for the grades themselves. Children are welcome to take their grades through school while having lessons with me too though.