Teaching out of his private keyboard studio and office, Oliver has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Clare College, Cambridge, and a degree in Musical Education from the University of Buckingham.
In addition to working privately, he has taught at several schools across London, including Emanuel School Battersea, More House School Knightsbridge, and West London Free School Hammersmith.
As a conductor, Oliver has worked with some of the top ensembles around the UK, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Red Note Ensemble, and the orchestra of Scottish Opera.
Your first lesson
In your first lesson, Oliver will discuss what your goals are in your musical journey, and what you would like to gain in your tuition. This might be to prepare for a specific graded exam, to be able to confidently sight-read, or prepare a set list for an upcoming concert.
After this conversation, if the student has had previous experience, he will ask to hear a piece or portion of a piece representing the level at which the student currently performs. Oliver will then introduce exercises and repertoire appropriate to the level of the student. Oliver understands that every student is unique and is keen to find the best way to communicate.
Oliver has had experience teaching students of all availabilities, often working with beginners, and recently taking two pupils through to their ATCL diploma exams. He has a 100% pass rate for over 60 graded examinations he has guided pupils through.
Oliver’s holistic approach to piano education includes:
- Encouraging a strong ability to read music and sight reading.
- Ensuring that the technique is carefully looked after, with a focus on relaxed wrists.
- Making sure that at all points of their tuition, students are able to play the music they love.
For more advanced students, Oliver has significant experience in preparing diploma-level pianists, having performed much of the repertoire himself for recitals across the UK.
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