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About Mary P
Mary is a secondary school music teacher, who specialises in performance and music theory. Mary has a 2.1 BAHons in Music from the University of Durham as well as a PGCE. Mary is absolutely passionate about music, and wants to make you love music just as much as she does! Mary is very patient with all pupils and gives constructive feedback in a very positive way.
Mary has previously performed as a soloist (flute) in the Greenwich Maritime Chapel with the ECCO orchestra accompanying her; as well as organising and performing her own solo guitar concerts to raise money for Water Aid.
Teaching in Flute and Recorder
Mary teaches flute and recorder to pupils of all ages, from beginners to advanced students. These lessons include:
Learning scales and arpeggios to help you when sight reading and to improve your technique.
A mixture of pieces to learn. Mary specialises in classical music, but provides contemporary and jazz music to keep the lessons interesting.
Learning how to read musical notation.
Mary spends time working on her pupils’ tone colours to get the most out of their playing.
Mary offers graded exams with both Trinity and ABRSM.
Teaching in Guitar
Mary teaches guitar to pupils of all ages, from beginners to advanced students. These lessons include:
Learning technical exercises on the guitar to help with sight reading and to improve your technique.
Mary loves to encourage the performance of duets with her pupils, whether this is classical, Spanish, pop or rock duets it will always leave guitarists more confident when performing with others.
Mary offers a range of musical styles when teaching the guitar, but specializes in classical guitar performance.
Learning how to read musical notation or tab.
Mary offers graded exams with both Trinity and ABRSM, as well as Trinity Rock and Pop exams.
Music Theory and GCSE Prep
Teaching in Music Theory & GCSE
Mary also teaches music theory and can help with preparation for GCSE music. These lessons include:
Learning how to read musical notation in the treble, bass, alto and tenor clefs.
The study of set works (GCSE).
Musical knowledge with examples that will help you to retain and contextualize what you have learnt.
Mock exams for both GCSE music and graded ABRSM theory exams.
Mary specialises in classical music performance, but teaches jazz, rock and pop music too.
In your first lesson, we will discuss what your musical ambitions are, where do you see yourself in the future? Do you want to be a professional or do you want to play for fun? You will then play some music and find your first piece(s) at the correct level for you and will make plans with Mary for future lessons. Mary is able to accommodate everyone from beginners to more advanced performers.
Please bring along your instrument to the first lesson, if you don’t have one just yet then just bring yourself and you can use one of Mary’s spare instruments. It would be useful if you brought any music that you can currently perform or would like to perform in the future to give Mary an idea of what you are capable of now and where you want to go.
All beginners are welcome! Whether you have an instrument yet or not, Mary is very friendly and will make you feel cherished as a pupil from day one. You can contact Mary during the week with questions and Mary will set you weekly practice targets so you know what to do at home.