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Matthew Hickman - Violin Teacher in Battersea

Matthew Hickman Classical Violin Teacher (South West London)

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  • Clapham Junction (SW11)
  • Last Logged In: 14 Jul 2017
  • Sex: Male
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  • Professional Qualification Studied Maths at Cambridge
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Up-to-date DBS (CRB)
  • Professional Membership London Music Masters
  • References References are available upon request

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Personal Message
I am organised, enthusiastic, dedicated and fun - I enjoy teaching people of all ages and all abilities!
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Violin
Tell me about your qualifications.
ABRSM Grade 8 Distinction
Maths Degree from Cambridge
What kind of experience do you have?
I have been teaching the violin for 9 years, primarily for London Music Masters (a musical charity that provides children with free instruments and tuition) and London Suzuki Group. I am the Lead Violin Tutor for London Music Masters at Ashmole Primary School where I teach 5 days a week. I teach over 100 kids there every week either individually, in pairs, or in groups, and I also organise and conduct string orchestras. I also run classes for parents and teachers. My teacher training was with Jillian Leddra (London Suzuki Group).

I regularly arrange versions of pieces for violin at the request of my students. If there is anything special you really want to be able to play, I will see what I can do! I also invite students to attend my concerts (often with discount benefits) for some extra music appreciation.

Playing experience - I started learning the violin (Suzuki method) when I was 3 and I'm still enjoying it! I have led and toured with various orchestras, and I currently play regularly for Kensington Symphony Orchestra. I also play a lot of chamber music, mostly in duets and quartets.
How much do you charge?
£35 / hour
£30 / 45 mins
£20 / half hour
Where do you teach?
I teach at my flat in Battersea near Clapham Junction (also very well served by buses) - occasionally travel to students.
When are you available?
I currently have some gaps during the day on Monday. Weekday evenings are fully booked. Saturdays are not free, but Sunday mornings have some availability. During school holidays & half term I have a lot more availability too.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
All ages and all levels.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I am familiar with all levels of ABRSM grade exams and currently have a 100% Distinction success rate - long may it continue!
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes
Tell me about some of your current students.
Several of my former students at Ashmole Primary School have recently been accepted in to the Royal College of Music after showing great promise. Others have received lovely praise from the Head of Junior Strings at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity. I have also recently had success with several students after entering them for Awards for Young Musicians.