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Mrs Ksenia Berezina
Mrs Ksenia Berezina

MMus Royal College of Music
BMus Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire
Instruments: Violin
Genre/Style(s): ABRSM, Trinity, or Guildhall exams
Preparation towards concerts, auditions, 11+ scholarship applications, and competitions.
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


The violin is a very enjoyable instrument to play, with a wonderful and wide-ranging repertoire, but it is also technically demanding and poses particular difficulties at the start. Hence my over-arching approach is to foster an enthusiasm for the instrument and a love of music which will sustain each pupil as their relationship with the violin develops.

Young children are very excited when they start learning an instrument. It is the teacherís challenge to find ways to keep their interest throughout a lesson and from one lesson to the next. I find it helps tremendously if parents attend the lessons and practise jointly with their children. Sometimes, of course, this is not possible; but it remains important that parents stay engaged in the learning process and provide affectionate encouragement. To aid this, I record a video message, jointly with the pupil, which includes guidance to parents on what is useful to do before the next lesson.

At a later stage, when children are old enough to practise on their own, my emphasis moves to teaching them how to make the best use of their practice time. In particular, I help them analyse their own playing when practising, as this ability underpins the development of skills in both instrumental technique and musical interpretation. The sense of achievement in making progress week to week plays a crucial part in sustaining motivation. In turn, this requires that the teacher finds an approach individually suited to each pupil, - understanding their goals, planning the repertoire carefully, and setting appropriate expectations. Exams are useful in this regard; and I prepare my pupils for ABRSM, Trinity, or Guildhall exams. I also encourage them to perform in concerts and to enter competitions.

Music lessons and practice have a wider benefit in developing qualities of mind and character, including self-discipline, effective organisation of time, and the confidence required for performance in public. Above all, there is the joy of playing music with others. It is a joy which I experience and which, through my approach to tuition, I aim to help my pupils experience.

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Contact Ksenia

Address: Greater London
N14 4NA
Phone: +447931897590
Fee (45 minutes): £45.00
Fee (60 minutes): £50.00

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