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Dominic Sewell Musical Composition Teacher (South West London)

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  • Professional Qualification BA (Hons) MA (Oxon)
  • Professional Qualification MMus PGCE(PCET)
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No space left for A level composition but do feel free to contact via website
Highly qualified and highly experienced composition teacher and lecturer. Specialist in HE.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Composition (Post-Graduate/Undergraduate/FE/A Level/
A level Music - Composition
Music theory (Grades 6-8) ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall theory
Diplomas in music theory and composition
University Entrance/Audition coaching/particularly Oxbridge entrance
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a music degree from Oxford University, a Masters degree in composition from the Royal College of Music where I was a PRSF scholar. A PGCE from University of Greenwich and a diploma in the violin. I am also a member of BASCA and the PRS.
What kind of experience do you have?
Over 17 years in teaching A level music, musicianship, composition, theory, harmony and counterpoint. Ex Head of Music at a busy and outstanding OFSTED-rated sixth form college in Surrey (2008-12). I prepared students for all aspects of the A level course as well as chamber music, large ensemble and choral coaching. I was also on there HE board advising about the 2016 A level Music syllabus (Edexcel). I have also worked as an independent adjudicator for A level Music enquiries about results and am currently an examiner for the Guild of Church Musicians.

I currently teach at the University of West London at the London College of Music on the BMus in Film Composition programme as well as the MMus in Composing for Film and TV. I specialise in scoring for screen, orchestration, score/ part preparation and advanced harmony and counterpoint.

I also worked at Trinity College of Music (Trinity Laban) in the Junior Department from 2003-2008 as well as deputised at Junior Academy. I have also worked as a lecturer at Trinity Laban. I've had examining experience with Edexcel and recently oversaw Edexcel's 2016 A level music specification on the HE consultation panel.

Aside from teaching, I am a composer, orchestrator and copyist - having written for the concert hall (premieres at Wigmore Hall, QEH, Royal Albert Hall amongst others) and worked with English National Ballet on two ballet projects, English National Opera, the BBC (Walking with Beasts orchestrator and part preparation), ITV, touring theatre. I have experience in film score reconstructing, having transcribed Walton's Henry V for live performance at the Dome in Brighton (RPO/Carl Davis) and elsewhere in Europe. I have also written a number of film scores - both drama and documentary as well as various commercials. Most recently I've been working as a music producer for Decca on a new Pink Floyd symphonic album and for EMI as an orchestrator.

I have a choral background (Westminster Cathedral Choir 1982-86) and play violin, viola, guitars, mandolin and piano.
I was also an Advisory Board member for the HE panel that advised Pearson for the new A level in Music
How much do you charge?
I charge £40 per hour. I recommend an initial consultation lesson, I am happy to offer fortnightly lessons for music theory and composing but recommend that A level lessons be weekly. I principally teach using Skype on a dual monitor system so that students can visually follow work in progress and look at feedback from assignments.
Where do you teach?
I teach from home or via Skype. I can teach locally to Wimbledon.
I have Sibelius (version 8) Logic Pro and am starting to use the new Dorico system by Steinberg. .
When are you available?
This is by negotiation. Any day of the week is theoretically possible.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
16+ and adults
(my teaching qualification was in sixth form and adult learners)
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
BA/BMus in Music (including composition, orchestration and harmony and counterpoint (incl. fugue ))
MMus in composition
A level Music (Edexcel)
GCSE Music (composition only) (any board)
ABRSM Theory - grades 5-8 (have taught both ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall boards)
University entrance including Oxbridge and some US universities.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes. My DBS from South West Music Services/ISM is current (as of January 2016)
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Skype and email messaging. I use a dual monitor system and can share images and sound on the second monitor with students
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
BASCA (British Association of Songwriters Composers and Arrangers
PRS (Performing Rights Society)
Where and with whom did you train?
Oxford University (Susan Wollenberg, John Warwack, Bojan Bujic)
Royal College of Music (Joseph Horovitz, Timothy Salter, David Burnand)
University of Greenwich (Julia Burton)

Private advice/consultations from David Matthews, Robert Saxton and Patrick Doyle
Tell me about some of your current students.
Update: One of my Grade 8 theory students just passed with a Merit having only studied with me from Feb to May 2017!

Many have gone on to read music at Oxford and Cambridge, one in 2013 went to Surrey for their Tonmeister course, and another is off to read creative music technology at Huddersfield University. A younger student has been accepted at the RCM. One of my mature students designed the City of Manchester stadium!!
In addition I have prepared students who have subsequently gone to read Music at:
GSMD, RAM, RCM, Trinity Laban, Manchester, Durham, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Southampton, Juliard, NYU, Bristol, Bath Spa, Kingston and many others

Between 20-30% of my previous students went on to study music at University or conservatoire - In the past I have sent people to Oxford, Cambridge, RCM, RAM, GSMD, RNCM, Manchester,York , Bristol, Surrey (Tonmeister), Cardiff, Kings College London, Southampton, Harvard, Julliard, Paris Conservatoire. Some are now PhD students and/or lecturers.

Three of my previous students won the BBC Young Composer of the Year competition. Duncan Ward has a fantastic career as a conductor and composer.
Do you have a personal message for students?
Composing: I believe ANYONE can write something given the right key to unlocking your potential - it's all about finding and then developing your idiosyncrasies - of course there's also a wealth of traditional techniques which I feel it is essential to have.

Theory: theory isn't boring - it's great and I love teaching it - especially harmony and counterpoint!

A level Music: I love teaching all the really boring bits and making them more's about inspiring you - not by delivering OFSTED's version of what they think is a a 'perfect lesson' but by making you think in new and exciting ways.