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Violin and chamber music teacher, South East London

Mark Pharoah Classical Violin Teacher (South East London)

Mark Pharoah

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  • Last Logged In: 20 Jun 2018
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Bromley, City of London, Greenwich, Kensington and Chelsea, Lewisham, Westminster
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Personal Message
I have been a concert violinist & teacher for 30 years, leading orchestras & performing chamber music around the world. I take students of all abilities if they are enthusiastic.
I expect parents of children to be present at lessons.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach violin and chamber groups.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I was educated at Chethams School of Music in Manchester before studying at the Guildhall School of Music.
What kind of experience do you have?
My teaching experience:
I first started teaching privately in Essex when I was 18. I also taught for a London authority in 5 schools near Penge. I had a teaching job with the Bexley Music College when I was in my thirties and have taught at the Blackheath Conservatoire. I have had private students on and off since leaving college in 1988. I have taught at the Royal Academy of Music, the Dartington International Music Festival and for the Brentwood Youth Orchestra.
My performance experience:
At the age of 18 I won a national chamber music competition. After college, I performed with my 17 piece chamber group throughout Europe and made three recordings. I then performed freelance in England with most of the UK's chamber and symphony orchestras and with various opera and ballet orchestras both as a leader and rank and file. I have made one solo album of Bach's unaccompanied sonatas and partitas: listen to the attached audio file of excerpts from the recording.
How much do you charge?
I charge 36 pounds per hour.
Where do you teach?
I teach in southeast London in the areas of Mottingham, Lewisham, Greenwich, Bromley, Chislehurst, Eltham
When are you available?
I am flexible with my hours and days.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I will consider teaching all levels and ages.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Abrsm grade exams, school auditions, competitions, music college entrance auditions.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have a recent DBS certificate. I encourage parents to attend lessons.
Where and with whom did you train?
I trained with several outstanding musicians. Chamber music teachers included Sigmund Nissel (Amadeus quartet), Levon Chilingirian (Chilingirian quartet), Hans Keller, Charles De Grout (Linsday quartet) Haroutoun Bedelian, and Pauline Scott.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I think it is terribly important for learning to be fun and enjoyable. This is the key to self-motivation. I like to create attainable short term goals so that students know what is expected and so that they can look back and see the progress for themselves. I think that a solid technical foundation is vital so I am quick to identify and remedy these kinds of issues. I focus on musical expression and how to achieve it – after all, expression is what music is all about – and am particularly keen to cover performance techniques which are important transferrable skills but which are often neglected by teachers.
If you have any queries, I am only too glad to have a chat.