Teaching

I have been tutoring in piano, gamelan and composition since 2005, working one-to-one and in groups with beginners, intermediate and advanced players. I aim to collaborate with students to cultivate a sense of enjoyment in all aspects of music-making, develop healthy ways to manage the challenges of music work, and create lots of opportunities for fun, learning, self-expression and wellbeing through music.

Piano

I teach
classical, contemporary, popular music and improvisation at the piano for beginner, intermediate and advanced players.

I have been playing the piano for almost 30 years, and have had many really wonderful teachers - to whom I owe a great deal. Variety is a big part of my musical world, and I have always loved exploring lots of different musical styles, just as much as the technical intricacies. I have also found many benefits to working with the whole self in music, mindful of physical, thoughful and emotional aspects of playing.

I bring all of this to my lessons, seeing each student as an individual, identifying their interests and influences, working towards their goals, recognising their strengths, and helping to cultivate their innate talents. Lessons include guidance and training on:


Note Reading | Playing by Ear Improvisation | Piano Arrangments | Theory | Historical Context | Sight-Reading & Sight-Singing | Technique, Movement & Posture | Approaches and Strategies for Regular Practice | Performance Preparation | Grades 1-8, Diploma Exams

Gamelan

I am Course Leader in Sundanese Gamelan at The University of Manchester. Sundanese gamelan originates from the Province of West Java, Indonesia. After encountering it through the teaching of Simon Cook at Royal Holloway, University of London, it has become a life-long passion of mine. I have been very fortunate to learn and perform with a variety of Sundanese musicians and singers, both in the UK and in Indonesia.

My gamelan teaching aims to explore the diversity of music for gamelan degung and gamelan saléndro in West Java. This includes degung klasik tunes from the early 20th century, jaipongan - a kind of martial arts-inspired music and dance originating in the 1960s - and contemporary compositions and arrangements of popular music. I also work to faciliate intercultural collaborations with musicians from outside Indonesia. Previous performances have brought together gamelan and kora from West Africa; oud from Morocco; and tango violin.


Composition

Training in composition is part of what I offer within my piano and gamelan teaching, but can also be taken as a separate study. I teach in a variety of styles based on my educational and professional experience, including classical, contemporary, pop / singer-songwriter, experimental, and intercultural (crossover / fusion). I work to help students with matters of instrumentation, arrangement and orchestration, musical structure, and personal expression, either using staff notation or Logic Pro X. Like all music-making, I believe composition can benefit from a holistic approach. With that in mind, part of my teaching is also about exploring students' musical interests, intentions, motivating factors, and aspirations /goals, together with approaches for generating and organising ideas, planning and managing composition routine, and working effectively with available resources.

University of Manchester - Gamelan