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Mr Liam Fionescu
Mr Liam Fionescu

Qualifications:
BA Hons Ethnomusicology (World Music Studies)
Clarinet Dip 1 (RGSMD)
Clarinet Grade 8 (Trinity Board)
UQT teacher status
Instruments: Clarinet
Guitar
Flute
Music Theory
Didgeridoo
Percussion
Genre/Style(s): Gypsy
Klezmer
Jazz
Gypsy/Jazz
Classical
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Notes:

My approach is based on the joy of learning. I love knowledge in all of its forms and I am very familiar with the snowball effect that is produced when a student has that incredible moment of inspiration. Experimentation and an inquisitive mind are the tools with which young people can find new meaning in the world around them. Patience and understanding are essential when working with young people and I have an innate ability to build a rapport and generate positive encouragement through feedback and long-term support.

Musicianship comes from the person, not the instrument therefore one must be able to play music using the hands, feet and voice. Using the Kodaly method is the best way to teach a student to read music and also to improvise because it makes use of “Do Re Mi” to create a full understanding of pitch relationships and “TaKaDeMi” language instil a deep understanding of rhythmic elements always relating to the pulse.

I have been playing clarinet for more than 18 years. I served as Musical-Director of the ‘London Gypsy Orchestra’ and was principal clarinettist for 6 years, directing and arranging music from Eastern Europe for a Western audience. I am trained in Jazz, Classical & Balkan styles of clarinet having studied at Royal Guildhall for three years gaining my clarinet Diploma. I have a degree in ethnomusicology from City University and have tutored university students in a range of topics (Debussy to Greek musical neumes) with a 100% success rate. From 2014 - 2016 I was employed as a primary school music teacher and teaching assistant, teaching music theory, guitar, keyboard and percussion. My choir have performed at The Royal Albert Hall and also at Wembley stadium as part of the choir’s push into regional trials. I served as Event-Manager for “SingingSticks” music festival from 2011 to 2014 and have developed an unbeatable technique for teaching circular-breathing which can be adapted for any wind or brass instrument.

I enjoy learning about mythology, especially ancient history regarding the British Isles, as well as being an avid collector of instruments from around the globe. The combination of history and geography is of particular interest as it gives a full insight into how music has evolved and helps us to understand the richness of rhythms from Africa, melodies from the Orient and the composition techniques of Europe.

After meeting Gundula Gruen I began to play Eastern European styles of clarinet including Klezmer music, one of the forerunners to jazz and became a student of the Kodaly method of learning music. This teaches the student to use their whole body to feel syncopation and to understand pitch relationships through the use of hand symbols and solfege (Do Re Mi…).

Contact Liam

Address: Silverstone
Northamptonshire
NN12
Phone: 07710882226
Fee (30 minutes): £12.00
Fee (60 minutes): £20.00

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