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Barnaby W

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Subjects I teach

Music, Religious Studies and English Literature to A level (incl. Cambridge Pre-U courses for Religious Studies and English Literature)
Classical/Jazz Voice (all levels)
Classical Piano (all levels)
ABRSM Theory (all levels)
Aural Training
Oxbridge and school interview preparation
Music Scholarship preparation

My Experience

Musical Director of internationally acclaimed jazz vocal group, The Oxford Gargoyles, 2016-17. Arranged music, directed weekly rehearsals and oversaw the recording of a new album. Additionally, co-organised a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017.

Shadowed Music Department at Salesian School, Chertsey in October 2017, exploring different teaching techniques.
Taught classical piano to beginners students locally, both showing significant progress over the academic year.

Soloist in Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2, Godalming (Surrey), 2013
Principle Trumpet in Oxford University Orchestra, Spring term, 2016

Currently singing in/writing for experimental jazz vocal trio, Les Trois, across London and Oxford.

My Qualifications

University Awards:

Domus Scholarship (Academic)
Anjool Maldé Scholarship (Academic/Citizenship)

BA Hons, Music (University of Oxford) – 2.i (1st in Performance)

Cambridge Pre-U, Music and English Literature – Distinction Two (= A*) and Distinction Three (=A)
AS and A Level, Religious Studies – A*

ABRSM Diploma Classical Piano
Grade 8 Classical Trumpet – Distinction
Grade 6 Singing – Distinction
Grade 6 Double Bass – Distinction

My Approach to Private Tuition

I am hugely passionate about learning and so I will always try to establish a thirst for the subject at the start of the tutorial. This is especially so for areas in which you might be struggling. We’re all familiar with that feeling of despair when something is proving tricky and it’s important to take an open and positive approach. I go by a strategy of multiple short-term goals in order to progress efficiently to those long-term ones.

With Music, I take an equally artistic and academic approach. Having a solid understanding of music theory is useful for performance interpretation and simply appreciating musical processes more in general. Through my extensive experience in jazz and improvisation, I have come to understand that excellent communication and independent thought – two key elements in jazz – can be applied across all areas of learning and I encourage these traits in my students.

My video Introduction

Fun fact

I was once a child actor and had to die on screen :(

My Blog Posts