Artpeggios began a choir in a French Primary School in London

Lately, Artpeggios began a choir with two classes of grade 5 from one of the French Primary School in London.

After two sessions, the respective teachers of the classes, Mrs Kergoat and Mr Roch, gave a positive opinion of it. As they said, the singer has a really beautiful voice and she is very good with the children. Being part of a choir is very positive for the pupils as they can learn more about this art, and about music. Also, more than discovering a new world, they can learn discipline and how to work together, with they qualities and defects. Everybody in a choir is important and they have to improve their listening quality.

For Belen Barnaus, the singing teacher, everything is going well. Children are enthusiastic and they love singing. Actually, some of them are really good at it. Teaching to a group of children is really interesting and as she said, she has to adapt because they are many and she wants to establish a positive relationship with them.

For a child, be part of a choir can be really helpful because singing in a group is a way to get in touch with music, to have fun with other children and also it is not an exam, it’s just a great moment all together. It makes them aware of their body, they have to act a little bit and it is good for their memory, as they have to learn songs by heart.

This choir is just beginning and as it is going well, let’s hope that it will be better and better and maybe some of the children will be interesting in singing more.

 

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Agnès Dargent – Art teacher

Agnes Dargent

Vision of your relation with Artpeggios as a teacher:

Thanks to my varied interest and training I teach observational drawing, various painting techniques and Photoshop. I like to reference my lessons to history of art too. We’ve got a lot to learn from the Masters!

What is your aim as a teacher?

I want my students to gain the confidence to be creative. I believe that anyone can draw or paint if they have an interest in it. I’ve got lots of exercise and ideas to get them there! 

Why Artpeggios?

Being French but having lived in London for nearly 10 years I enjoy teaching in both languages and give my students the opportunity to learn in their native language.

Your favorite artists:

I like artists who work with colours like Delacroix, Van Gogh, Rothko or Kapoor and I’m always impressed with Picasso, Manet or Daumier drawings.

 

 

Cassandra Mathews – Guitar teacher

cassandra MathewsI work part time for Artpeggios and enjoy my role within the school in teaching individual lessons in a variety of styles.  Before coming to Artpeggios I had mainly taught classical guitar, but working here has enabled me to explore other approaches to teaching guitar.  This has been through teaching my students to play songs that they are familiar with, such as those in the charts and teaching enjoyment of the instrument in this way.

My ultimate aim as a teacher is to promote enjoyment of making music and to develop innate musical capabilities in my students.  Artpeggios is a great place to teach because it offers me the chance to teach from a fixed location so that I am not forced to travel all over London, as well as the fact that their facilities are fantastic and very well organised.  Obviously, it helps to be in the great location of central London as there are so many opportunities to perform both for myself and my students.

As well as teaching, I am a fully functional performer and often perform in venues and churches around London either solo or with violinist Sean Riley.

My favourite artists are an eclectic mix that ranges from Marcin Dylla (classical guitarist), Deftones (alternative rock) to London Elektricity (drum and bass)…if it is of high quality musicianship, I’ll enjoy it!

 

Cristina Rubio – Singer

Cristina RubioVision of your relation with Artpeggios as a teacher:

From the very first day I had a very good feeling about Artpeggios. The very professional staff and superb facilities they have allows us teachers to just focus on passing on the knowledge to our students, knowing that we can use the best resources available, like recording or using microphones/keyboards so that the student can get a real understanding of how to sing and use the sound equipment in a professional way from the beginning.

How do you see your teaching methods evolving and the way you pass on to your students your knowledge?

Working at Artpeggios is challenging in one way or another every day. I encounter new students regularly, of different ages, levels and styles, so I tailor every lesson for each individual to develop his own sound, recognise what aspects of their singing might need more focus and give them plenty of tools to work on it. It’s really fulfilling to see how everybody is improving so much already!

What is your aim as a teacher?

The most important thing for me is that the student understands his/her instrument: how to breathe properly, to take care of their voices and to develop a good intonation amongst others.
As singers, we don’t have any “buttons” to press or keys to play when we want to sing a note, so I focus on aural training as well as singing technique to help my students develop their ears as well as their voices.

Why Artpeggios?

Artpeggios has a really friendly and understanding environment, which is the first reason why every teacher is happy to work here! I also love the fact that all the students in the school are very musical, so it’s a pleasure to teach people that really want to learn.

Why in London? Other activities you may have?

London is just one of the most vibrant cities to work in! As a musician, you get inspired by so many artists, and the work opportunities expand to all Europe too when a project is succesful. I will definitely be here for the foreseable future as long as I can keep doing music full-time.
As well as teaching at Artpeggios, I lead Pop/Soul and advanced Jazz Singing workshops at The Institute, and adult-learning university in East Finchley. Random facts: I’m also training to run my first half-marathon next year!

Do you perform in London, or anywhere else?

I perform regularly in London and UK mainly, although I get to perform around Europe with some other projects too. Last year I toured Brazil with my band for two months and next Spring I will also be in New York for a few days, working on my debut album, which will come out in 2014.

Your favorite artists:

I love all kinds of music really! The singers that probably have most influenced me are Eva Cassidy, Erykah Badu, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin… Any soulful artist that really means what he/she sings, I can never get enough of those!

Jovana Backovic – Composer, Pianist, Singer

JovanaJovana Backovic is a composer, pianist and singer with main interest in work, electroacoustic music and music improvisation mediated by technology. Her music history features two studio releases with electronic/folk duo ArHai with whom she regularly performs in Uk and Europe ( including Balkans ) as well as several scores for feature and documentary movies. ArHai has been generously supported with Arts Council Grants For the Arts.

Jovana’s current research lies within the field of electro-acoustic music and live improvisational performance – exploring and mapping the process of the creation and development of individual music identity through improvisation and the use of technology, which is the main subject of her PhD thesis.

Vision of your relation with Artpeggios as a teacher:

I see myself as musically open-minded individual, and I believe in combining different approaches to teaching – since every pupil is different,  it is important not only to balance the expectations and ability, but also to adjust to every student and help them to find their own way to musical expression.

How do you see your teaching methods evolving and the way you pass on to your student your knowledge?

Firstly,I try to approach every student as a new experience and a new challenge, but the aim is always the same: to deliver an engaging and exciting lesson which will inspire them to practice and work themselves. This involves constant learning of new music, new approaches, but the crucial factor is being excited and engaged with the particular music myself while teaching.  Secondly, it is important to follow and respect student’s taste in music as well as initiating him/her in music that they haven’t been exposed to, therefore hopefully opening new musical horizons.

What is your aim as a teacher?

To develop inherited musicality in each student and help them approach the musicianship as exciting and worth while in a long run.

Why Artpeggios?

Artpeggios is the institution that combines supportive environment with all the musical and latest technological tools to help an enthusiastic teacher to do his work with maximum efficiency.

Why in London? Other activities you may have?

If a person is an ambitious musician, London is the city to live in. Aside from teaching, I’m currently focusing on finishing PhD thesis in music composition and working on my own compositions that will be premiered in the 2014/2015 music season.

Do you perform in London or anywhere else?

In London mostly, then on the Balkans and Europe.

Your favorite artists:

 listen to artists/bands that belong to many different genres, so the list is long.
My favourite composers are mostly people writing scores for films, some of them are: Basil Poledouris, Michael Nyman, Myshael Danna.
Favourite atists/bands vary from different music eras and genres, some of them:  Tool ( metal ), Japan ( pop/electronica ) Dzihan & Kamien ( electronica/dub ) Meshell Ndegeocello ( funk/soul ), Peter Murphy ( alt-rock/glam rock, nu-jazz ) Trilok Gurtu ( world music/ethnic jazz ) and veterans like U2 and my favourite funk/soul/jazz artist Prince!

Alexandra Petropoulos – Journalist, Musician, Ethnomusicologist

Alexandra Petropoulos ArtpeggiosHow do you see your teaching methods evolving and the way you pass on to your students your knowledge?

I approach every student as an individual. What works for one doesn’t always help another learn. So my teaching methods are constantly evolving and developing to help my students make the most of their lessons. I’ve been known to include from games, theatrics and even Legos in my lessons, as Iong as it helps my students progress!

What is your aim as a teacher?

Music matters. And learning it leads to a greater appreciation of our world well beyond the realm of clefs and scales. Through teaching, I hope to help beginning and intermediate students hone that appreciation and build a solid foundation in flute technique, interpretation, repertoire, and theory.

Why Artpeggios?

Artpeggios is a top-quality school, with great facilities and amazing staff who are so encouraging to their students. I’ve never seen an unhappy student within those walls!

Why in London? Other activities you may have?

London is a wonderful city where you can hear any kind of music you like – even the more obscure instruments like Japanese shakuhachi (bamboo flute)!

Do you perform in London or anywhere else?

Occasionally perform with various groups in London and have participated on both recordings and film soundtracks.

Your favorite artists:

Emmanuel Pahud, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Ian Clarke.

Art

At Artpeggios, we teach our student how to use their natural creativity and to develop it.

Our students can draw, paint or learn how to create a manga or how to use Photoshop. They are always following their tastes and interests in order to learn what they really want to.

Music

At Artpeggios we want our students to make the music they like. Our first question to them is about their own musical tastes. The offer is an individual approach to music tuition. All lessons are different and all the ambitions can be fulfill.

We provide individual lessons at Artpeggios or at home, and band playing of Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, Saxophone, Violin, Cello, Flute. We also offer DJ and Electronic Music, Singing and Percussion Group.

One of our asset is the Music for Mothers and Babies where we introduce the child to music.

Teachers

At Artpeggios, our teachers are professionals willing to share their experience and their knowledge to their students. They believe that their is an artist in each of us and music and art are part of life. Close to their students, they want them to feel comfortable and to see each course like a part of their education and not as an obligation.

At Artpeggios, everybody from any age is welcome and the teachers are part of this welcome.