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Mrs Aushra Berg

Qualifications:
BA Music University of Chichester
Instruments: Piano, Keyboard, Music Theory
Genre/Style(s): Classical, Rock Piano or Keyboard
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Notes:

Philosophy
My philosophy is that playing the piano or keyboard or singing should be fun, but that the playing of music requires a sound theoretical underpinning. Pupils must want to learn, not feel forced to. Weekly attendance is normally expected, although pupils may take short breaks, e.g. during school holidays, without problem. I normally set aside some time each lesson to go through some music theory unless the necessary theoretical knowledge is already in place.
Aims
These are my aims for piano/keyboard/ voice lessons:
• To provide focused, weekly one-to-one tuition in a relaxed learning atmosphere. I do not run a ‘school’ and I’m known to all my pupils by my first name.
• To teach pupils how to read music. Some pupils begin with knowledge of Treble Clef notes learnt through playing another instrument, but playing the piano requires knowledge of the Bass Clef.
• To ensure that pupils have a sound basic knowledge of the theory of music, e.g. note values, time and key signatures.
• To help pupils enjoy making music and to encourage any inclination towards composition (i.e. making up their own tunes) and ‘picking out’ tunes heard in everyday life.
• To enable pupils to achieve their potential at their own individual learning pace, recognizing that everyone is different.
• To keep parents informed of their children’s progress.
• To complement the pupils’ experience of music within the school curriculum.

Attendance
Weekly attendance is normally expected during school term-time.
Adequate advance notice (24 hours+) should be given of the cancellation of any lesson. Absence of notice without a valid reason (e.g. illness) will result in fees being charged for the cancelled lesson (half lesson fee if 24+ hours notice given, otherwise full fee payable). Family holidays during school term-time are not a valid reason. Due to the extent of my teaching commitments, it is unlikely that a missed lesson could be rescheduled within the same week, but I will try to accommodate changes where I can.
Practice
The dreaded ‘P’ word! I believe in ‘little but often’ practice and try not to nag pupils. Hopefully they practice because they want to not because they should, as what they get out of lessons depends on what they put into the practice. Pupils should have regular access to a piano or keyboard, referably one with full-size keys.
Materials
This is an outline of the materials I use to teach pupils:
A good tutor book. There are several series I use. After a few lessons I can decide which scheme is best suited to individual pupils. I can usually obtain the books for the pupils but require reimbursement for the cost (about £8). One tutor book will normally last a pupil between one term and a year.
Pupils’ own music. I am quite happy to focus on pieces of music within level of study suggested or provided by my pupils.
Exams
I do enter pupils for Associated Board, Rockschool or Trinity piano, keyboard, singing or theory examinations, but only if they wish to take them and not until I consider them ready. These exams can be quite daunting to some pupils, but they can provide a goal at which to aim and a great deal of satisfaction at success, not to mention a nice certificate to keep in perpetuity. My pupils’ pass rate is over 90%. Sitting theory exams intermittently is particularly important for those pupils with ambitions towards and beyond AB Grade 6 Practical exam, as this can be attempted only after passing Grade 5 Theory. Be aware that exams do cost money to take. For example the entry fee for Associated Board Grade 1 Practical Exam in 2008 is £27.00 and Grade 1 Theory is £17.70. Pupils taking piano exams should ideally have a piano rather than a keyboard.
I am an experienced composer and teacher. As a composer I worked with a range of rock groups arranging, writing songs and working with performers. My written Christmas song was at the top of the Lithuanian chart of 1997. I am coming back to composing and working on several projects right now.
As a music teacher I have over 15 years experience, specializing in piano, theory and voice. I have taught children and adults, including individuals with learning difficulties. I’ve worked with groups of children as part of my previous voluntary youth work.

Contact Aushra

Address: Bognor Regis

PO21 2FY
Phone: 01243 866015
Mobile: 07870205091
Fee (30 minutes): £12.00
Fee (60 minutes): £20.00

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