I have been teaching music since 1998, and have been privileged to help more students than I can count to realise their potential and achieve their goals.
I have been building my Team of teachers since 2015. I love overseeing and supporting them with their students, as well as leading and collaborating with them for professional development and performance opportunities. I handle all the admin for the team, so I’m students’ initial point of contact, and I’m always on hand, taking responsibility for ensuring that everyone is happy, organised, engaged, and making good progress with their lessons.
I offer one-to-one tuition, myself, 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 highly 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, including up to diploma level.
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 examinations if you wish, but this is by no means compulsory.
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. Committed to continuous professional development and keeping abreast of everything that’s going on in the evolving world of music education, I am also an active member of the Curious Piano Teachers, among other wonderful online music communities.
I am delighted to introduce the fabulous Visiting Teachers on my Team. All teachers at KEBMusicTuition have professional membership of the ISM or Musicians’ Union, Enhanced DBS Disclosures, and full training in Child Protection and Safeguarding, as well as ongoing professional development and mentoring with me:
Olivia Chew: Piano
Born in Singapore, Olivia started the piano at age seven. Her aptitude for music led her to gain a place at School of the Arts, Singapore. She was later offered a scholarship from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) to study with John Thwaites and has since graduated First Class with Honours (2019). Her interest in Scandanavian countries and culture prompted her to accept an Erasmus exchange offer in 2017 at the Malmö Academy of Music (Sweden) where she studied piano with Hans Pålsson and Cecilia Martinsson.
In piano masterclasses, Olivia has performed to and received guidance from Peter Donohoe, Nicholas Ashton, Colin Stone, Anna Scott, John Lenehan, Carole Presland, Fali Pavri, and Klaus Sticken. Olivia is always eager to collaborate with other people, and her love for chamber music allowed her to win first prize in competitions including The Ambache Prize for the Performance of Music by Women Composers and The Delius Society Prize. She was also a finalist in the Winifred Micklam Prize, Denis Matthews Memorial Prize, Herbert Lumby Prize and Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Prize. Olivia is presently pursuing Mmus in Piano Performance at the RBC with Alasdair Beatson and Robert Markham. She is passionate about educating and helping students to discover their musicality and musical knowledge.
Olivia joined KEBMusicTuition in September 2020, and offers piano lessons on Saturday mornings.
Róza Bene: Piano, Beginner Flute
Róza 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 has been working with KEBMusicTuition since September 2018 and teaches piano and beginner flute on Wednesday mornings, and Saturday afternoons. Róza is currently based in Hungary, and therefore teaches online only at present.
Laurie McGee: Violin, Viola
Laurie is a prize-winning violinist and experienced teacher. Born in Hampshire, he began lessons aged six and has studied with teachers including Wen Zhou Li, Pavel Fischer and Susanne Stanzeleit.
Currently, Laurie combines his teaching in the West Midlands with freelance performing. He has given concerts as a chamber musician, orchestral player and soloist across the UK – from barns in the Cotswolds to London’s Wigmore Hall and Hammersmith Apollo – as well as performing for high-profile functions.
After completing undergraduate studies in music at the University of Southampton, Laurie moved to Birmingham in 2013 to pursue a master’s programme at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. This special “Performance & Pedagogy” course fused elements of PGCE teacher training with intense violin tuition and led to employment with Birmingham Music Service. Laurie also teaches with C Sharp Music School in Stourbridge and coaches the 2nd violin section of Birmingham Schools’ Concert Orchestra.
Laurie has been with KEBMusicTuition since Summer 2020, and is looking forward to working with new students at all levels, with availability primarily at weekends.
Noah Layzell: Guitar
Noah is a Classical Guitarist from Hertfordshire, living in Birmingham.
As a teenager, he attended Junior Guildhall and was a member of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble. The year he left school, Noah won the Alan Kettley Prize for music, for his contributions to the department. After auditioning for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in November of 2018, he was awarded a scholarship to study Guitar with Mark Ashford.
Noah has been giving concerts from a young age, as well as performing at weddings and parties. He has also participated in masterclasses with world-renowned performers, including David Russell and Zoran Dukić.
Noah joined KEBMusicTuition in 2021, and works with students of all ages and abilities.