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Teaching and Tuition

Composition        Theory         Piano

Teaching Background 

I have 30 years experience teaching all ages, from primary to University level

I studied composition and piano at

Nottingham University, and after my first degree, gained an MA in composition and the University's composition prize. After this, I trained as a teacher (PGCE) and

established a private piano, theory and composition teaching practice. I also undertook 2 composition research fellowships at the Royal Academy of Music and became an associate lecturer in music at Falmouth University where I continue to teach. I also teach composition for the South West Music School. I am DBS checked and I am a full member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.


Philippa Mo violin, photo by Oliver Godow. ‘Towards a New Laocoön’ at the Henry Moore Institute 20 June 2007. ‘Laocoon’ (1996) by Richard Deacon, steamed beech wood, aluminium and steel, 430 x 364 x 357 cm, private collection, © the artist.


Recent global events have led to my deciding to work mostly online for the present, via the well known video-communication platforms available. Working in this way is different, but there are also benefits and enhancements to learning as well.


For those wanting to study composition I can offer a tailored approach to techniques historical and current, building blocks, scoring, orchestration and handling instruments, to wider artistic/aesthetic questions and the development of an individual artistic 'voice', including engaging with other art forms. I can also offer advice for those seeking insights into the creative 'industries' and living and working as a composer. I also offer tuition on how to use Sibelius notation software. 



Online lessons in music theory

are offered either formally up to ABRSM Grade 8, or informally to enhance understanding,composing,

sight-reading and general appreciation.

I can also help with music A Level and university entrance preparation (portfolios etc.).

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Piano tuition (now online) is offered for complete beginners to the equivalent of roughly post ABRSM Grade 8.

I am very happy teaching in whatever style you are interested in, either structured through exams or freely exploring, or somewhere in between. You might need to enhance your keyboard skills for general musicianship or composing, or may have a favourite composer or pieces that you have always wanted to play, or an event you want to work towards, or you might need piano as a second instrument if you are a music student, or you have decided to make the piano a central focus. It is up to you!

Before you decide to go ahead with tuition, it’s normally a good idea to make contact to discuss in more detail about what you want to do, whether I can help, and to go over the set up and fees and conditions etc. Please feel free to make contact via the contact page to arrange this.

All lessons are available as either half hour, 45 minute, hour or 2 hour sessions as appropriate.

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