Kimberley Bartrum, Principal

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 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, 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 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 Petrina Phua and Róza Bene, Visiting Teachers from September 2018.

Petrina Phua

Born in Malaysia, Petrina Phua is a piano student on the Masters course at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she has been offered a scholarship to study under Victor Sangiorgio. In July 2018 she graduated from the same institution with First Class Honours. Music has given Petrina many opportunities to travel the world and participate in international music festivals and competitions. She has performed solo recitals in venues across Japan, Korea, Germany, Australia, Malaysia and the UK, but also enjoys playing chamber music with her established duo and trio groups as well as accompanying singers. She was awarded the Miss A E Bowen Cup and the Marjorie Hazlehurst Piano Award during her studies and has played to distinguished musicians in masterclasses and workshops such as Arbo Valdma, Graham Caskie, Pascal Nemirovski, Gergely Bogányi, Fali Pavri, Carole Presland and Leland Chen.

Petrina 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.