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About Chris D
Chris is a freelance musician, performing and teaching across the South West. As a flute player and classical singer, Chris has worked as a Graduate Musician in Residence at Millfield School and has performed at local music festivals. Chris is a graduate of the now Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied flute, piccolo and voice. Chris’s passion for music has allowed him opportunities like performing in orchestral concerts with professional orchestras. Chris recently released his first album, "Luci d’inverno".
Teaching in a relaxed manner is a must for Chris, and making all of his students comfortable in their abilities and their continued musical growth is at the forefront of his mind. Chris has also embraced goal setting as one of the most effective teaching tools to enable pupil progress, whether that be preparation for an upcoming concert or an instrumental examination, providing carefully-tailored goals that are challenging yet achievable.
Teaching in Flute, Piccolo Music Theory and Singing
Chris teaches flute/piccolo, classical singing and music theory from beginners to advanced students ages 8 and up. Chris offers tuition for those who wish to take ABRSM and Trinity graded examinations but is also more than happy to accommodate those purely learning for pleasure! He is passionate about the power of music and is thus an advocate of music being a passion for others. As a classically trained flute player and singer, Chris is a versatile and experienced teacher, with an emphasis on offering relaxed individual tutoring. Chris has an encouraging teaching style, that not only allows pupils to feel at ease, but also fosters an excellent work ethic without forcing pupils to overwork themselves.
Chris teaches classical flute and piccolo, all genres (specialising in classical) of vocal music and music theory
The first lesson can always be a little nerve-wracking, and bearing that in mind, you need only bring music that you are completely comfortable with, so that Chris can simply listen to you play. We start the first lesson with a quick chat about your musical background and aspirations and will move onto a short warm-up before you play whatever you have prepared. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for anything - a cup of tea can work wonders for nerves!
For your first lesson, it would be helpful to know whether or not you have your own instrument - otherwise we might have a short first lesson! When you first arrive though, we will have some ‘get to know you’ time where we can ask each other questions about our own musical journey’s. All equipment, such as music stands, will be provided regardless of whether I teach at my home or yours.