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About Tobias S. D.
Music is my passion and skill that I love to pass on to others who want to learn it. I have many years of teaching experience and teach children & adults, beginner, to advanced, preparing for ABRSM and Trinity College Grade Exams, university, or just for your own personal musical goals, for which I tailor the lesson to your needs and prepare videos or recordings to practise with.
I am classically trained at Hamburg Conservatory, studied Jazz, and play pop and cross-genre as well.
Learning should be fun and enjoyable and I provide a comfortable and friendly learning environment.
In person or online lessons.
All ages, beginner through advanced
Many years of teaching experience
Performance experience in Los Angeles, Berlin, London
Lessons individually tailored
Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Arrangements made for you
Grade Exams and/or individual Repertoire choices
Enhanced DBS Checked
In my lessons I teach:
Pieces (learning and interpretation, technique and tone)
Exercises when useful
What you need for online lessons:
Computer (Desktop or Laptop) or Tablet
Reliable fast Internet Connection (preferably via cable)
Zoom or (Skype, Facebook, Microsoft Team, Google Team)
I can help to set this up.
A First Lessons For Beginner Child:
In the first lesson with a child, I let the child explore and describe the keyboard, aiming for him/her to find out that there are groups of two and three black keys, and then let them find a 'c', then all 'c's. I like to use the Oxford books (but do use other books too) and at this time let them play a simple song that sings about the middle c, RH, LH, but via imitation, so I play first and then the child copies me. Then we have a look at the score and I show them the actual note, Then we play the next song, with 'c's only, but I let the child read the note first and then, depending a lot how well the child could follow the first song, either let him/her play it by themselves or do imitation again. We usually reach songs with either c and d or maybe even c to e. I do rhythm exercises, such as clapping, and aural training, letting them hear the notes they have learned so far and writing, so they draw the notes they have learned. I do this during online lessons as well on a virtual whiteboard (zoom). I hope that gives an idea that my teaching is as engaging and proactive as possible. I am happy to answer any further questions.