Alexander S - tutor  

Alexander S
Tutor in Swiss Cottage, North West London

£55.00 per hour

4.4
(7 reviews)
(7 reviews)
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About Alexander

Dynamic, creative; Cambridge graduate; high achiever

I have a very creative mind, always armed with a unique perspective when approaching any issue, due to my broad range of subjects and skills. As a Classics and Modern Languages scholar at Winchester College and then an Academic Music student at Cambridge I have built skills in logical thinking and pattern-spotting, combining the need to focus on specific details as well as seeing the overall scheme. I am now studying to be an Opera Singer at the Royal Academy of Music, therefore incorporating excellent communication and performance expertise and years of 1-on-1 teacher-pupil experience to my repertoire of skills.

I have been playing the violin and recorders as well as singing since I was five so therefore understand the difficulties and problems that can arise when learning a creative art. It’s essential to keep in mind that each pupil is individual and therefore it is the teacher’s job to learn from the pupil. I enjoy adapting to different situations and view obstacles as stepping-stones for achievements. Often it is just gentle guidance in the right direction in order to raise the pupil’s confidence that is needed. They must feel comfortable to make mistakes so that they can learn from these and not feel tense and stressed.

For teaching the violin and recorders I am keen on promoting good technique right from the outset so that the pupil does not get into bad habits that will inhibit their future development. That said it is essential that they enjoy their music-making and do not see it as a chore in any way.

Singing is such a personal and individual art-form so rather than talking in technical terms I find I get best results when I use imagery and little tricks instead of talking in great detail about the larynx or the soft palate. It is important, of course, also to know the basic mechanics and working of the diaphragm etc so I do not completely neglect this side.

As with teaching an instrument I am very sensitive to the individual problems that each pupil is facing. When I learnt classics and languages I found that a healthy balance between all types of learning was most useful. I enjoy thinking up new and creative ways to learn grammar structures and vocab and strongly believe that grammar structures must be understood in order to be memorised and learnt. It is impossible to remember a random series of constructions unless you first see the similarities and slight variances from the same ones in English. Then they become common-sense rather than rope-learning. For the modern languages I find as much immersion in the language as possible to be a very helpful factor so I will suggest songs to listen to and clips from films to watch to help process what we learn.

The slots available on this website are only there as guidance so do please get in touch if there are no times that work for you. I can also give lessons over Skype and negotiate over price depending on individual circumstances.
Hourly rate: £55.00
Type of tutoring: In-person and Online
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Reviews and References

4.4
(7 reviews)
(7 reviews)

Written by Marina S
Subject:
English (Common Entrance)

Inspiring, personable and supportive

Written by Marina S
Alexander engages a student with his amazing depth and breadth of knowledge in many areas. He is very supportive, bringing out the best in his student, which quickly results in increased confidence.
Subject:
English (Common Entrance)
Outcome:
Increased confidence and a great joy of learning

Written by Heather H
Subject:
Latin (A-Level)

Great singing tutor

Written by Oli R
Alexander really helped build my confidence with singing and created a supportive and fun environment. He used a range of innovative and creative methods to help me overcome problems.
Subject:
Singing
Outcome:
Would highly recommend

Written by Enrika G
Subject:
English (11+)

Written by William C
Subject:
English (11+)

Written by Petra H
Subject:
Classics (Common Entrance)
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Education and Qualifications

University

University of Cambridge
Music
2.1

School

Winchester College
A Levels
  • French
    A*
  • Latin
    A*
  • Music
    A*
Winchester College
AS Levels
  • Greek (Ancient)
    A*
Winchester College
GCSEs
  • Chemistry
    A*
  • Physics
    A*
  • Biology
    A*
  • English
    A*
  • French
    A*
  • Maths
    A
  • Italian
    A*
  • Latin
    A*
  • Greek (Ancient)
    A*
  • Music
    A*

Prizes and Scholarships

IAPS Young Musician of the Year
Choral Scholar at St John's College Cambridge (2011-2014)
Full Scholarship at Royal Academy of Music (2015-2017)

Other Qualifications

Grade 8 Violin with Distinction (<2008)
ATLC Performance Diploma in Recorder with Distinction (<2008)

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