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Tom Hardy - Bassoon Lessons in London

Tom Hardy Bassoon Teacher (West London)

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  • Holland Park (W14) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 01 Apr 2018
  • Sex: Male
  • Web site:
  • Can Travel To: Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth, Westminster
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  • Professional Qualification GGSM Hons
  • Professional Qualification Dip Orch Studies Goldsmiths
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Fully CRB Checked
  • Professional Membership Musician's Union
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Personal Message
I am a freelance professional bassoon and contra player in London and teach at the London Oratory School, The City of London School for boys, Sutton Music Service Saturday School as well as privately.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach the bassoon, contra bassoon, mini bassoon, tenoroon and reed making from beginner through diploma. I am particularly interested in advanced pupils with a view to helping them with specific areas of technique as described on my website.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and did a post graduate diploma in orchestral playing at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies
What kind of experience do you have?
I have taught beginners right through to advanced pupils. I aim to make all lessons constructive and fun and help a pupil work out their goals and purposes for learning and give them the tools to achieve this.I believe in encouragement and finding a pupil's strengths and do not get involved in destructive criticism.
How much do you charge?
My rates are currently £60 per hour teaching from my house in West Kensington but I travel to some of my pupil's houses. For children I suggest a 30 minute lesson at £30 per half hour. Rates are negotiable based on travel distance and circumstances.
Where do you teach?
Currently I am teaching in Sutton, Teddington, Kingston, Fulham, Twickenham , but I prefer to keep within a few miles of West Kensington where I live if possible.
When are you available?
My schedule is flexible and I will make a time that works for all concerned. For regular lessons the day may change based on concerts and rehearsals that I have but the lesson time will be made at a convenient time for both ends during the same week.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
My youngest pupil is 8 (at Sutton Music Service) but he is a strong lad and can hold a full sized bassoon. With the mini bassoon pupils are starting at 8 on the whole and moving to Tenoroon for 9/10 year olds. As soon as they are big enough to hold a bassoon or short reach bassoon (with third finger left hand covered) I move them to the real thing as it is not possible to go beyond Grade 3 comfortably on the mini bassoon or tenoroon with the current requirements of Trinity/Guildhall and ABRSM exams.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
All grades from 1-8. I am happy to coach theory to Grade V and the aural they need for their exams though if this can be done at school and one on one as separate to the bassoon lesson time this helps so that lessons can concentrate on bassooning and not theory!
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes I am fully CRB checked for all three of my teaching positions.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I have Skype and FaceTime set up on my computer and a good sound system and excellent camera so Skype lessons have been working well. Ideally a Skype lesson would be "as well as" and not an alternative to lessons in person, but recently I have been teaching a pupil in Australia each week on Skype successfully. All that is needed from the pupil side is a fast broadband connection and a decent microphone. Even an iPad can be perfectly adequate if the pupil uses headphones to listen.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Yes, I am a member of the Musicians Union.
Tell me about some of your current students.
I have young beginners right through to Grade VIII and diploma pupils from the younger generation and I also teach adult beginners right through to those who have been through university and passed Grade VIII many years ago and are now working in all sorts of different professions but enjoy playing to a high standard in their local orchestras.
I love that I can help people to identify the exact areas of technique to help them improve drastically and rapidly.
Do you have a personal message for students?
The bassoon is a fun instrument! You can see just how much fun from the website for my bassoon quartet Reed Rage. You get to sit at the back of the orchestra and listen to everyone else but still get enough tunes to keep you interested (whilst the trombones are reading magazines). Whilst it is not as "endangered" as it was thanks to many dedicated bassoon teachers in schools it is still a rare instrument compared to the flute or clarinet, yet every orchestra needs the same number of bassoons as flutes and clarinets! And it's never too late to take up the bassoon.