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Edward Farmer Classical Piano Teacher (South East London)

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  • Blackheath (SE13)
  • Last Logged In: 11 Dec 2017
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Bromley, City of London, Croydon, Greenwich, Southwark

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  • Professional Qualification Music Director of London Arts Orchestra
  • Professional Qualification Masters Degree from the Royal College of Music
  • Professional Membership Has worked with London Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Royal Opera House.
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Personal Message
"Without music, life would be a mistake." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Lessons are available in English or German
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Classical Piano
Jazz and Pop Piano
GCSE & A-Level Music
Music Production
Music Theory
Tell me about your qualifications.
I hold a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Music, a Bachelors Degree from the University of Nottingham, and I have recently completed a 2 year fellowship at Keele University.
What kind of experience do you have?
I am a currently a Music Tutor for the Royal Borough of Greenwich Music Services.
Professional Pianist, Conductor and Composer.
11 years of teaching experience
Music Director of London Arts Orchestra
Fellow and Tutor at Keele University
Member of the Royal Opera House Young composers scheme
Conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in a Discovery Masterclass
Assistant Conductor to Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival orchestra
Accompanist / Repetiteur
Jury member for music competitions
How much do you charge?
£40 per hour, with discounts available for regular bookings and lessons during off peak hours.
Where do you teach?
At my studio in SE13, travelling to nearby boroughs by arrangement.
When are you available?
My lessons usually follow the school term schedule, with additional sessions booked during holiday periods.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
All ages and abilities.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Grade 1-8 and Diplomas from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Entrance examinations for music conservatoires
Undergraduate Degree Examinations
International Competitions and Masterclasses
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Tell me about some of your current students.
'Ed is an exceptionally inspiring teacher. He is very perceptive of the strengths, weaknesses and motivations of his students. He has taught our son, Karan, from the start with fun lessons at the age of four taking him through to complex dynamics and evolved mature playing at the Grade 6 level. Ed's teaching style is methodical, yet free-form and fun. His lessons are always interesting with a healthy mix of various aspects of conventional playing technique and skills with theory, aural and lateral learning. Karan has developed into a highly talented musician with a keen ear and dexterous thoughtful piano playing under the guidance of Ed. Ed is also a great friend. His enthusiasm and energy instil a sense of passion for music that he brings with his amicable personality. As Karan says, 'he is gentle but still persuasive and doesn't let you get away without doing what he needs from you'. Karan adds that Ed has a knack of cheering him up when he feels down or things seem difficult; by playing for him inspiring music that Ed has been exposed to at the time. This contributes to more productive lessons as also to extra-curricular learning, making Ed more of a holistic music teacher than just a piano tutor. We are extremely happy to recommend Ed as a teacher to pursue piano and music with.'

Karan Sharma and his parents
Do you have a personal message for students?
Teaching is an important part of my life. It allows me to share some of the wonderful experiences and knowledge I have been given over the years. If you choose to have lessons with me I hope you will find that I am passionate about music making of any style and at any level, that I am encouraging and supportive of your learning, and that I push you as hard as I can to achieve your musical goals and explore your creativity.