Our teachers at Hampstead Music School is made up of accomplished performers and graduates of leading music conservatoires from UK & Europe. Our experienced teachers offer comprehensive and creative approach to each individual student. All our teachers make visitation lessons to students living in many London areas.
+ Catherine | Cello & Piano
Catherine has been teaching piano, cello & music theory for over ten years, bringing a wealth of experience in teaching students of all levels of experience from beginners up to professional level. Catherine tailors her teaching approach for each student individually, aimed at bringing out the very best in each musician. Catherine's pupils regularly enter for music exams and auditions.
As a performer, she has played solo recitals at many notable venues including the Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall and St.Martin-in-the-Fields. As well as being a dynamic performer Catherine also works as a session musician and has recorded in studios such as Abbey Road Studios and RAK Studio in London.
She has won awards from: Moncalieri European Music Competition (Italy), Concordia Foundation (UK), Young International Janigro Competition (Croatia), Richard Wagner Foundation (Germany), Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now (Germany), Hanggi Foundation (Switzerland) and Meindl Society (Germany).
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance - Postgraduate Artist Diploma
- Univerisity of Stuttgart for Music & Performing Arts, Germany - Master of Music
- Music Acdemy Basel, Switzerland - Bachelor of Music
- Musikhochschule Saar, Germany - Diploma in Orchestral Music
- Purcell School - secondary education
+ Galina | Violin & Viola
Galina is a friendly teacher and has passion for working with young children. Her students age from three years and up.
She studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where her teachers included Wen Zhou Li and Maurizio Fuks. During her time there she led the school orchestra under Lord Yehudi Menuhin. She continued her studies at Royal Northern College of Music with Prof. Maciej Rakowski where she was the recipient of an award bestowing the loan of a Gagliano violin from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland while gaining her degree. Furthering her education at Royal Academy of Music in London at postgraduate level, she studied with Prof. Erich Gruenberg, had masterclasses with violinists Sylvia Rosenberg, Lewis Kaplan, Franco Gulli and Donald Weilerstein. She received scholarships from the Banff Academy of Music Canada and Arts Council Northern Ireland to receive tuitions from Lorand Fenyves.
Galina currently performs with Camerata Ireland, the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, and past experience includes the Philharmonia, Irish Chamber and Wexford Opera Festival Orchestras.
- Royal Academy of Music - Master of Music
- Royal Northern College of Music - Bachelor of Music
- Menuhin School - secondary education
+ Corinne | Singing & Music Theory
Australian/American soprano Corinne has a passion for teaching voice and helping her students fulfil their potential and to achieve their goals. She focuses on a healthy vocal technique whilst also encouraging her students to enjoy the process. Corinne has over 5 years of teaching experience and focuses on breath, vocal range, head/chest voice, intonation, resonance, vocal health and musicianship. Every student has different goals and Corinne adapts her approach according to their individual needs.
Corinne has performed in major concert halls across the UK including the Barbican Concert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with Raymond Gubbay’s Johann Strauss Gala National Tour for seasons 2017 and 2018.
Corinne holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She made her Wigmore Hall debut collaborating with members of The Prince Consort, Stephen Hough and selected Guildhall students on Stephen Hough’s own composition ‘Other Love Songs’. She was also selected to be part of Graham Johnson’s Song Guild and the Semi-Chorus for Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Concert Hall, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
Recent performances include the role of Peep-bo in Charles Court Opera, The Mikado at the King's Head Theatre, Barbarina in Clonter Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro and the role of Cosette in Pimlico Opera/Grange Park Opera’s production of Les Misérables. Performance highlights also include London Symphony Orchestra’s Guildhall Artist Platform Series performing a selection of songs at the Barbican Concert Hall and LSO St Luke’s.
- Guildhall School of Music & Drama - Master of Music
- Royal Conservatoire, Holland - Diploma of Dance
- Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts - Bachelor of Music
+ James | Violin & Viola
James began Viola lessons at the age of 10. During these early stages James has played for The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and as a result had his first opportunity to play at the annual BBC Proms held at the Royal Albert Hall.
In September 2016, James was awarded a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, learning under Rachel Roberts. While at the Guildhall, chamber music has been a huge part of his schedule and recently he was a finalist in the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Prize and in the Max and Peggy Morgan Viola Prize. In addition, he has received frequent masterclasses with artistes such as Levon Chilingirian (OBE), Krzysztof Smietana, Ursula Smith. As an orchetsral musician he has worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Edward Gardner, Kristjan Järvi and many more. James’ most recent orchestral tours include playing at venues such as the Wiener Konzerthaus and Wiener Musikverein in Vienna and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
James has a huge passion for teaching music and is proud to be a Guildhall Young Artiste running weekly string teaching groups with school students in North London. Alongside this James teaches one to one and firmly believes that to gain full artistic fulfilment and expression from the Instrument, it is important to build a fundamental technical understanding while also being exposed to musical repertoire from the beginning. James strives for excellence when teaching to give the student a supportive and positive experience which encourages them to explore music away from the Lessons too!
- Guildhall School of Music & Drama - Bachelor of Music
+ Tom | Guitar
Tom is a guitarist who studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music, graduating in 2015 with a first and being awarded the prestigious Parliamentary Yamaha Jazz Scholars. Tom has been teaching the guitar for over 8 years, gaining invaluable experience tutoring a wide range of students ranging from total beginners to advanced players. Tom is a visiting tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music, where he teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
As a performer, Tom is busy on the U.K jazz scene and has performed at the the countries top clubs and venues including Ronnie Scotts, The Vortex and Colston hall as well as performing and touring internationally in France, Switzerland and China. Tom has played with some of the top names on the UK jazz scene including Jeff Williams, Geoff Simkins, Dave Cliff and Huw Warren.
- Royal Welsh College of Music - Bachelor of Music
+ Cathy | Violin
Cathy is an experienced violin and folk music teacher who teachers in a wide variety of styles from classical, traditional, pop, jazz to ethnic and world music.
Coming from a musicians’ family in Estonia, Cathy started violin lessons at the age of 7. She specialised in traditional music, diving deep into archive recordings of rural violin players and putting their inheritance into the modern language of music making. She has a very open-minded and positive approach teaching individuals.
Cathy is currently studying Alexander Technique and integrates the fundamental principles of the technique to violin learning. This means she makes students aware of movements in their body and help them to use it as efficiently as possible whilst learning a new skill creating an organic connection with music and violin.
- Tartu University, Estonia - Bachelor of Music
- Salerno Conservatory of Music, Italy - Associate of Arts in Music
+ Lauric | Drums
Lauric has a Bachelors degree in Music from BIMM London and is an experienced teacher and drummer. He is of French and British descent and teaches English, French and Spanish.
Over the years he has worked with several bands and artists including The Leap (Colombia Records), Lisa Oribasi (HitMill Records), Azusena (Universal Records), Grace Inspace, Darren Morgan and Keyla Mix.
Private lessons with Lauric are specially tailored for each student and are available to all ages and abilities. He teaches each student based on their natural approaches to learning and their interest in particular areas of drumming in order to make lessons as fun as possible and to get the most out of each student. He will target weaknesses to help each student through any barriers they may face, whilst making sure that students feel fulfilled at the end of every lesson. His primary goal is to help nurture the students’ passion and creativity.
Students can choose to learn through grades, his own guidance, or, as he recommends, a combination of both. He guides students to take grade exams (Trinity, Trinity Pop & Rock, Rockschool boards) grades 1-8.
Students can expect to be taught technique, how to build grooves, rudiments and applications, musical styles, sight reading, transposing drum parts and how to learn songs. He is able to cover various styles including Jazz, Rock, Blues, Funk, Pop, Samba, Bossa Nova, Afro-Cuban, Reggae and Afrobeat.
- British Institute of Modern Music, London - BMus
- King Alfred School - secondary education
+ Edward | Cello
Edward began learning the cello at the age of 8, under the tutelage of Anna Shuttleworth. At 16, Edward won a scholarship to study at the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Timothy Lowe, with whom he continues his studies at the senior conservatoire.
Edward enjoys a diverse musical career, giving recitals across London and performing as a freelance orchestral musician. He also travels and performs widely with his Piano Trio, the London Panufnik Trio, with whom he has performed at St. John’s Smith Square and the Great Hall of the Silesian Philharmonic in Poland.
As well as teaching privately, Edward has worked with Newham and Waltham Forest Education Authorities and Artforms Leeds, as well as engaging in outreach projects and educational performances with various organisations, including the Centre for Young Musicians and DeCoda.
Edward believes in carefully tailoring one-to-one tuition to suit the needs of the individual - there is no "one size fits all" approach to learning or performing on the cello. He has benefitted from great teachers in the past and believes in building a strong technical foundation from which the student is able to explore the full spectrum of expression and artistic freedom that the cello can provide.
- Guildhall School of Music & Drama - Bachelor of Music
- Guildhall School of Music & Drama - Master of Music
+ Betty | Singing & Performing Arts
Betty is a professional singer from Ireland. She graduated with a BMus in Voice and Dance from the University of Limerick. She has also studied music theory and vocal ensemble at the University.
Betty's students range from young children to teens. In Ireland, she taught ay Mayo Performance Academy and Mount St. Michael Secondary School. She also worked as a vocal coach at the Driftwood Dance Academy in Vancouver, Canada, where she helped 3 to 12-year old students prepare for “Annie- The Musical”.
Betty currently studies for a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London. Her passion lies in vocal performance and hopes to instil confidence in all her students so they can feel prepared to perform at any capacity whilst always catering to their vocal health.
- Institute of Contemporary Music - Master of Music in Vocal Performance
- University of Limerick, Ireland - Bachelor of Music in Voice and Dance
+ Jake | Guitar, Music Production & Keyboard
Jake is a multi-faceted musician teaching guitar, piano & keyboard, song-writing and music production.
He has wealth of stage experience playing and singing in bands such as Fall Against Fate. In 2014 he gained a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting from the British Institute of Music since then his career has been nothing if not versatile.
As s a songwriter he has recently released his debut album ‘The Bolean Modifier’ on which he played all of the instruments. He works also as a record producer and has engineered and recorded for artists from a variety of genres including hip hop, rock, and singer-songwriters.
- British Institute of Modern Music - Bachelor of Music
+ Holly | Clarinet, Saxophone & Recorder
Holly recently graduated with a first class honours degree in clarinet from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studies with Christopher Richards and Mark van de Weil. She enjoys a varied musical life involving solo, chamber, orchestral, contemporary and musical theatre performances, and alongside this is an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher.
This year, her clarinet quartet were resident at Oundle School, Peterborough, where they collaborated with composition students, gave solo and chamber music masterclasses and performed recitals. Holly also regularly assists in the delivery of projects with the Academy’s “Open Academy” outreach scheme, working creatively with primary and secondary school children, and most recently supporting a series of workshops for autistic children. In Autumn 2018, she worked as Clarinet and Orchestral Woodwind Coach for the Oxfordshire Music Service, covering two terms. She is also completing the LRAM qualification alongside her Master of Music at the Royal Academy which commences in September.
As a teacher, Holly is flexible, reliable, encouraging and dynamic, and able to adapt to many styles of learning. She has experience teaching children and adults of all abilities, with a particular emphasis on quality of sound, character and communication. No matter whether the end goal is a professional career, graded exams or playing for pure enjoyment, Holly aims to ensure that every student fulfils their true potential, and feels confident expressing themself through the clarinet.
- Royal Academy of Music - Bachelor of Music
- Royal Academy of Music - Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music
+ Luke | Piano, French Horn & Music Theory
Luke has enjoyed an incredible array of musical experiences. Luke played a prominent role in the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and Great Britain, awarding him the opportunity to perform to audiences across Europe and as far a field as China. As a professional musician Luke has performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and stars including Rick Wakeman and the band, Travis. After graduating from the BMus(Hons) course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with a first, Luke boasts expertise in both Horn and Piano playing, specialising in classical and jazz music. His achievements during his time at the Guildhall were rewarded with a position on the Artists Fellowship programme as a composer.
Luke has been teaching and coaching young musicians as a volunteer at a local primary school alongside Stephen West (Classic FM’s Peripatetic Music Teacher of the Year 2012). Through this experience Luke was selected as one of 10 musicians through the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain to perform the all singing, all dancing rendition of Michael Rosen’s classic children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, composed by Duncan Ward for the books 50th anniversary. This project was specifically targeted at young children below the age of 13 and was toured in Britain with great success.
In more recent years Luke has fuelled his passion for teaching and coaching through humanitarian work in his involvement with the Wind-Up Penguin Theatre Company - a charity dedicated to relieving children affected by the refugee crisis’ across the world by taking some extremely accessible theatre performances and conducting music and acting workshops. Above all, Luke is a passionate and inspiring musician and has no trouble communicating that through his teaching.
- Guildhall School of Music & Drama - Bachelor of Music