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Miss Maria Papathanasiou
Miss Maria Papathanasiou

Master of Performance in the Orchestral Training of the Oboe, Guildhall School of Music & Drama (programme in association with the LSO)

Master of Music, Guidhall School of Music & Drama (in association with the LSO)

Bachelor in Performance of the Oboe, University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece), Department of Music Science & Art (First class with Honours)

Diploma in Performance of the Recorder, Music College of Thessaloniki, Greece
Instruments: Oboe
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced
Memberships: (verified) Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)


“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to
gather wood, divide the work, and give orders.
Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea”.
Antoine de Saint Exupery

I am a very experienced oboe and recorder tutor and music educator. I have been the Woodwind Leader of Sistema of England and Woodwind Leader of the Young Orchestra East. I work on a permanent basis with Barbican Centre's orchestral educational department and with various educational departments of orchestras like the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC and many more on various projects in which I am coaching young wind students (ages 8-18) and wind ensembles and preparing them for their orchestral concerts with the orchestras.

I am very proud to say that every year all of my students, who competed for a music scholarship for entering prestigious secondary schools of UK, have succeeded. Students managed to secure places in schools including Winchester College, Newhall, Rugby school among others. One of Maria's oboe students recently got accepted in Royal Academy of Music-Junior Academy.

My teaching is about the enjoyment of the experience of the music journey and I look forward to motivate you to share this music experience and love for the oboe!

I can teach all ages in a wide variety of levels from beginners to advanced and I teach at my music studio in Limehouse (which is fully equipped with recorders, oboes, pianos to accompany the students, reed making equipment, recording equipment and a music library).
I have a very flexible schedule and I can offer lessons during daytime and evenings, weekdays and weekends.

During my Masters Degree at the Guildhall School I have focused on the oboe and winds pedagogy and especially on the orchestral coaching and preparation of young wind players: these three years I have been working with the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery on various projects in which I was coaching young wind students (ages 8-18) and wind ensembles and preparing them for their orchestral concerts with the LSO.

The invaluable experience I had in these projects, in combination with other projects of music interactive performances in schools in East London and my long experience in this area in Greece (I was the Oboe Professor at the State Music School in Thessaloniki for 2 years (2010-12)) made me decide that I positively wish to work on and develop even further my teaching and performing skills in order to be able to inspire youngsters musically and initiate them into the universal, infinite and magical world of music.
The teaching methods which I apply in these projects and in my private teaching have resulted from a deep research around oboe and winds pedagogy, based upon bibliography of educational, sociological and psychological theories and using different learning styles for creating a more interesting and inspiring instrumental teaching which focuses on:

• Engaging the young wind players with the orchestral repertoire using various learning styles like kinaesthetic learning, experiential learning, visual learning, auditory learning and by connecting them with other forms of art.
• Enhancing their stage presence and confidence in an orchestral concert and preparing them on how to perform on stage and deliver messages/communicate with the audience using vicarious learning, group learning and experiential learning
• Motivating them to love and enjoy playing their instruments and their music.

Contact Maria

Address: Greater London
E14 7JX
Phone: 07415777904
Mobile: 07415777904
Fee (60 minutes): £45.00
Fee (45 minutes): £35.00

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