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Mr Florian Mitrea
Mr Florian Mitrea

MA Distinction (Royal Academy of Music 2014)
BMus Hons. First Class (Royal Academy of Music 2012)
LRAM Teaching Diploma (Royal Academy of Music 2011)
Instruments: piano
music theory
aural training
Genre/Style(s): classical (piano solo, piano chamber music, piano accompaniment)
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced
Memberships: (verified) Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)


I was born in Bucharest and trained there as a pianist till I was 18 years old. My own background lays in the Romanian tradition of specialist music education which emphasises technique and broader skills including aural and musical analysis, but through teaching privately in the UK I have been able to experiment with blending elements of the Romanian and British tradition, and striking a balance between technical development, musical understanding and creative spontaneity. Every student is different and the teaching methods used will need to vary accordingly but, generally speaking, I try to adapt each element of the learning process to the needs and wishes of each individual student and am constantly re-evaluating my own teaching approach by observing and evaluating what works best with my current students.

Where students are serious about studying classical piano and want to progress quickly, it is important to do a certain amount of technical work every lesson although I always try to find ways of making this interesting and achievable, so that the student can see the relevance of this and frustration does not set in. Some technical challenges can also be resolved through shrewd choice of pieces. The ABRSM grade exam system can be a very useful way of encouraging progress and building a sense of achievement, and I have prepared a number of students for these, with 100% pass rate, mainly merits and distinctions. These exams also encourage students to focus on broader musical skills as well as piano playing, and I have particularly enjoyed helping students develop confidence in aural tests, as some of my students had previously found these very daunting. However, I also find that it is important to keep this in perspective as for some students getting the next grade, or a sense of competition over marks, can become too much of a focus.

For all students, it is important to choose repertoire with care, and to try and ensure that this fits with each studentís individual interest as this helps with motivation. For some students who want to play on a recreational basis or for enrichment, it may be appropriate to try and ensure that most technical work is approached through repertoire. I have had some pupils who have wanted a very relaxed and fun approach to playing, and a couple who have been interested mainly in jazz piano, and have enjoyed teaching these students also and tried to find ways to fulfil their personal goals. I try to make each student feel valued, and while trying always to ensure that a good basic technique is there, to work as enthusiastically with a beginner as with a post-grade 8 student.

Performance can be a very exciting opportunity to build the studentsí self-confidence and reinforce the sense of progress and achievement, and I try to help students who want to perform to find opportunities to do so in a positive atmosphere and to judge the right time for a performance to give a good outcome.

Contact Florian

Address: Wild Hill
Greater London
Phone: Show Number
Mobile: Show Number
Fee (30 minutes): £35.00
Fee (60 minutes): £45.00

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