Kimberley Bartrum

I have been teaching music since 1998, and have a 100% pass rate in ABRSM practical and theory examinations.

I offer one-to-one tuition for students in piano, flute and music theory. I can also provide tutoring to help with GCSE and A’ Level music courses, as well as aural tests and practical musicianship for students who are learning another instrument but need assistance in this area.

I specialise in teaching beginner and intermediate students, and am experienced in helping young students take their first musical steps. You’re never too old to enjoy learning to play an instrument, though, and I welcome students of all ages and at all levels!

When teaching, I aim to cover a variety of topics to give the student a firm musical grounding. Whatever the purpose of the tuition, lessons will include aspects of theory, technique, aural skills, musical expression and interpretation. Tuition can be based around working toward ABRSM examinations, or can just be for fun!

Lessons are conducted at my home in Selly Park, Birmingham, or online via Skype or FaceTime.

I am a full member and registered teacher with the Incorporated Society of Musicians, adhering to their strong codes of ethics and practice. You can find out more about the ISM at their website. I have an enhanced DBS Disclosure (formerly CRB) for the purposes of working with children, and I have completed the Child Protection in Education (Music) course, developed by the Musicians’ Union in partnership with EduCare.

I am delighted to introduce Ella Lee and Róza Bene, Visiting Teachers from September 2018.

Ella Lee

Ella Lee is a piano student on the Masters course at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she is studying with Victor Sangiorgio and John Thwaites, having graduated from the same institution in July 2017 with First Class Honours. Ella has given solo recitals at various venues across the UK, but also enjoys collaborative piano and has worked on numerous projects with strings, wind and brass players as well as accompanying singers regularly. She was awarded the Miss A E Bowen Cup and the Sheila and Colina Hodge prize during her studies, and has played to distinguished musicians in masterclasses and workshops such as John Lill, Gergely Bogányi, Orit Wolf, Andreas Boyde and Leland Chen.

Ella offers piano lessons on Saturday mornings, between 9am and 12.30pm.

Róza Bene

Róza Bene was born in Budapest and after ten years of piano playing she started to change her musical direction to Early Keyboards. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Franz Liszt Academy in 2015, then received a scholarship from Birmingham Conservatoire. In parallel with her UK studies she finished her Master studies in Budapest under Borbála Dobozy, Ágnes Ratkó, Miklós Spányi, and graduated with highest honours as a performing artist of harpsichord.

After accompanying baroque and modern flautists, she started to learn flute, which became her second instrument.

Besides completing her studies in the UK, Róza has also won numerous prizes in the recent two years, including the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize, Town Hall-Symphony Hall Prize and Leamington Early Music Prize.

Róza teaches piano and beginner flute on Saturday afternoons, 12.45pm-4.30pm.