Cello, Musicianship and Music Theory
- Guide Price£20-£40
Rachel Watson is a highly experienced cellist and teacher. She studied at the University of Oxford and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and has taught for organisations including the Centre for Young Musicians, London Music Masters, Wells Cathedral School (musicianship and music theory) and a number of independent schools. She is an imaginative and engaging teacher, and has experience from complete beginners (children and adults) to advanced post-Diploma level students. She is based in London, and combines teaching with chamber and orchestral performance.
I teach cello, musicianship and music theory which can either be taught separately or within the same lesson. I believe that my job as a teacher is to foster a love of music and a real sense of exploration and discovery for my students. A strong technical foundation is of course completely essential, and I focus on helping each student find the most free and natural way for them to play. I want my students to develop independence, and focus on how they can refine their own musical ideas at whatever level and on the most effective ways for them to practise. With my cello and musicianship/theory students I aim to really develop listening skills and a deep aural understanding of music and how it works. I am experienced with teaching written theory and harmony (including having taught A level music) but also use Kodaly-inspired teaching methods, particularly with younger children. I have taught children as young as four as well as older children and adults, and I tailor each lesson to the student and their goals. Lessons are fun and engaging, and I really care about my students and their progress.
To aid with practice, I take detailed notes during the lesson which I then email to students so that they are confident with what to work on and how. This is also an excellent opportunity to also send recordings and videos to aid practice, and examples of wider listening.
Exams are not the main focus of my teaching, but I recognise their importance for many of my students. I have successfully taught from Grade 1 to Diploma level using both the ABSRM and Trinity exams.
I teach online from my home in London, and offer the following options:
£20: Half hour cello/musicianship/music theory lesson
£30: 45 minute cello/musicianship/music theory lesson
£30: 30 minute cello lesson with 15 minutes musicianship/music theory
£40: 1 hour cello/musicianship/music theory lesson
£40: 30 minute cello lesson with 30 minutes musicianship/music theory
I recognise the vital importance of safeguarding for online teaching. I am fully DBS checked and have received extensive safeguarding training, most recently from London Music Masters. I am following the ESTA guidelines for teaching online (which I would be very happy to provide a copy of). I welcome parental involvement and would encourage parents to observe and participate in lessons, although this is not a requirement.