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Dr Robert Ratcliffe (mobile and virtual tuition)

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BA hons M Res PhD
BA Hons (1st Class) - specialising in solo piano performance and composition.

M.Res composition (distinction) - received national AHRC award

PhD composition/musicology - received national AHRC award
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: (Mobile and virtual tuition only)
Music Theory and Analysis
Electronic Music
Music Technology
Music History
Genre/Style(s): Classical
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Robert is an internationally recognised composer, musician and writer. After completing his PhD in music he relocated to Stockport/South Manchester, where he established a private teaching practice. His students range from beginners (both children and adults) right through to experienced professionals.

Robert has been teaching for 18 years, both privately and as a University Lecturer. He has experience of preparing students for auditions (for example, at the RNCM), exams (up to diploma level), and performances, with a 100% ABRSM examination pass rate (usually with distinction). Recent success stories include students who achieved 99 (out of 100) for ABRSM Grade 5 Theory and 146 (out of 150) for Piano Practical. One of his students' was invited to take part in a special concert organised by the ABRSM after they achieved one of the highest marks during the Spring period.

Robert's students have been successful prize winners in various music competitions and have attained excellent results during school and college examinations – for example, many have achieved either a grade A or an A* in their GCSE music exams. Lessons can be configured to support and complement work undertaken for GCSE and AS/A level music examinations etc. They can also be designed to improve general musicianship, including sight reading, aural skills, improvisation, and aspects of composition. Robert has had success with students of all ages and abilities, from 2 to 72.

Teaching methods are adapted to suit the individual needs and abilities of the student, involving an analysis of both the way a student learns music and the way that they perform. Strategies can then be developed to overcome specific musical and technical difficulties or to find a suitable approach to the music in question. In relation to this, Robert has an awareness of various relaxation techniques that can be used to enhance general pianistic technique. He is also able to help with issues of performance anxiety, and can suggest various strategies and techniques to reduce or minimize its effects. Aspects of sound production and quality of tone are also covered during lessons (Robert has a particular affinity with the Romantic and Impressionistic repertoire, especially the works of Chopin, Debussy and Scriabin).

As a composer, Robert is often very interested in the way that a specific piece of music has been constructed, providing a piece-by-piece analytical commentary for students, including background information on the composer and the context of the works composition. This helps to create an informed interpretation, including an understanding of both the architecture of a piece and the musical ideas contained within it, leading to a more effective communication of the music.

Lessons are also available in composition, electronic music, music technology, music history and music theory. Robert will travel to you, ensuring that lessons can take place in the comfort of your own home. Prices start from £16 (subject to location and grade level).

References and full DBS (CRB) certificate available upon request.

Professional Experience (selected):

Performances and broadcasts in approximately 30 countries worldwide, including presentations at major international events such as ACMC, ICMC, L’espace du Son, NIME, and Sonorities.

Collaborated with some of the leading performers in the fields of contemporary and experimental music.

Recordings released through CMMAS, Further Noise, Sonus, and Vox Novus.

Writing published in various academic journals and proceedings: Dancecult, eContact!, eOREMA, the proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), and Sonic Ideas.

Served as an adjudicator and reviewer at International level.

© Robert Ratcliffe 2010-2019

Contact Robert

Address: Heaton Moor, covering areas in South Manchester and Stockport
Greater Manchester
Phone: 07563 164 457
Mobile: 07563 164 457
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00
Fee (60 minutes): £35.00

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