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Mr Tim Sidford

(verified) PG Diploma
BMus(Hons) Royal College of Music
PGDip (with Distinction)
ABRSM Piano Grade 8 Distinction
ABRSM Violin Grade 8 Distinction
A level music A*
Child Protection Course:
Completed Educare child protection training course. (more)
Keeping Children Safe in Music is the latest in the EduCare's series of distance learning courses on child protection. The training programme uses short films to show a variety of good and bad practice examples, which will be available to watch online. It will help anyone teaching music to children gain a better understanding of their child protection responsibilities, and avoid situations that could lead to accusations of misconduct.

Instruments: Piano
Genre/Style(s): Classical, jazz, pop, musical theatre
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


I am a professional piano and violin teacher and freelance musician based in Malvern. I am fully qualified (Royal College of Music) and CRB checked, and have over 15 years’ experience. I teach at my home in Malvern Wells, but may also be available for home visits in Malvern, Worcester, Ledbury and surrounding areas.

Please visit for more details, or call 07779 561080 for a friendly chat.

I have been teaching both piano and violin since 1999, and during that time have taught hundreds of children, and many adults, much of it generated through word-of-mouth recommendation. I absolutely love my job – what could be better than giving people the gift of being able to make music!

I consider myself a patient, encouraging and fun teacher, whilst not being afraid to set down clear goals and expectations. Lessons are highly structured, with time being devoted to technical, aural and music reading abilities in equal measure. There is invariably also room for some fun and silliness along the way!

I can teach both ABRSM and Guildhall-Trinity exam syllabuses (including jazz grades) right up to Diploma level. I have a 100% pass success rate, with pupils often achieving Merit or Distinction. However, I strongly believe that no-one should be forced to sit an exam, and I am equally happy to teach at a more relaxed, recreational level if desired. Many children respond well to following the Graded music exam system, which introduces new technical skills at regular intervals in a gentle and logical manner, and gives them clear goals and a strong sense of achievement. For others, I may take elements of this system, whilst focusing more on improvisation, perhaps in a jazz or pop style, possibly with a view to writing their own music. I encourage all my pupils to keep a ‘running repertoire’ of pieces, ensuring they always have plenty of pieces that they can play confidently alongside more challenging projects.

Pupils learning violin with me also have the benefit of my piano accompaniment skills in every lesson – even scales sound more exciting with a jazzy accompaniment added! I am equally keen to develop ensemble skills in my piano pupils, and will often play duets with them, or improvise together.

Lessons can be either at your home or at my teaching studio in Malvern Wells (where parents are welcome to sit in on the lessons, or wait in the sitting room. Free cup of tea included!).

I have professional recital experience, having performed for music societies across the UK, and at London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. Over the years I have worked with many wonderful musicians and chamber groups.

I have accompanied literally hundreds of children at music exams, festivals, school concerts, dance shows, GCSE and A level performances, and have a wealth of experience as rehearsal pianist for choral societies and stage shows. I also regularly accompany for undergrad auditions at the London conservatories. I am therefore familiar with a good deal of repertoire, and have excellent sight reading abilities. Although I am classically trained, I am equally happy accompanying in musical theatre and pop genres.

A good accompanist is able to put a soloist at their ease, quickly adapting to their musical interpretation (and, if necessary, their mistakes!). I generally see rehearsals as a lesson in ensemble playing, encouraging the performer to connect and interact with the piano part (it is also worth noting that these are skills that an examiner may award marks for!).

Contact Tim

Address: Worcestershire
Phone: 07779561080
Fee (30 minutes): £15.00
Fee (60 minutes): £28.00

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