Roxanna Rawson

Roxanna R.

El Cerrito, CA
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Lesson Details

Piano

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am committed to working hard for my students and remaining responsive to their musical tastes and interests. I also work to find out what learning style and senses my students learn most easily with (visual,
kinesthetic, auditory etc.) and adapt my teaching plan to meet the individual needs of each student. I use a variety of creative musical activities and techniques to engender an engaged learning in each of my students.

I have an established private teaching practice and teaching studio. I have extensive experience in private piano, vocal tuition and teaching general musicianship, music theory, singing and instrumental teaching in schools, as well as 10 years experience as a vocal performer in the UK.

I am passionate about figuring out the individual learning style of each of my students and enjoy being a part of their musical progress and journey, helping them to find their
confidence to express musically and bring out their innate musicality.

I'm also highly interested in maintaining long term healthy physical use whilst playing one's instrument and so I incorporate elements of the Alexander technique to prevent injury and discomfort from day one.
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About

Roxanna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2003

Hi there,

Just a few words to introduce my experience, approach and my work ethic .

I have a Bachelors Degree in Music, majoring in piano and voice and an established private teaching practice and teaching studio. I have extensive experience in private piano and vocal tuition and teaching general musicianship, music theory, singing and instrumental teaching in schools, as well as 10 years experience as a vocal performer in the UK.

I am committed to working hard for my students and remaining responsive to their musical tastes and interests. I also work to find out what learning style and senses my students learn most easily with (visual,
kinesthetic, auditory etc.) and adapt my teaching plan to meet the individual needs of each student. I use a variety of creative musical activities and techniques to engender an engaged learning in each of my students.

In teaching piano, I teach rigorous foundational piano technique from the beginning, along with general musicianship. I like to incorporate teaching of general musical concepts, while encouraging creativity and imagination with the younger pupils that I teach. I also incorporate adaptations of popular music that children like to hear and play and try to stay responsive to the musical tastes of the student- while maintaining high standards in technique from beginners to advanced. I also address postural awareness and incorporate elements of the alexander technique into my teaching.

For those interested in singing lessons, I will first and foremost find out what kind of sound you personally wish to produce. Styles vary greatly across different genres. I will then help to diagnose your voice type and what difficulties you may be encountering and which may be preventing you from creating the sound you are aiming for.

I then show you ways in which the voice can be strengthened and balanced across the whole range and help my students achieve a healthy mix of head and chest resonance. This is achieved through exercises and vocal cues, enabling you to recognize the sensations that lead to good use of the voice.

My credentials:
- Alexander Technique Training- current.
- BA Music degree, Middlesex University, June 2004. Piano Performance Major and Music History
- 2 year piano scholarship at Conservatoire de Paris du Vème, with training on my second
instrument (violin), a member of conservatoire orchestra
- Music Diploma, Paris VIII University

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Experience

Vocal Coach
Jan 2018 - Present
Self- employed

Teaching private singing lessons. Having trained in voice level singing for over two years I commenced teaching this year.

I diagnose the voice type of my students and help them achieve a balanced tone across the whole range of their voice with a healthy mix of head and chest resonance. This is achieved through exercises and vocal cues, enabling students to recognize the sensations that lead to good use of the voice.

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Private Piano Teacher
Jan 2008 - Present
Private Piano Teacher

In my approach I teach rigorous foundational piano technique from the beginning, along with general musicianship. I like to incorporate teaching of general musical concepts, while encouraging creativity and imagination with the younger pupils that I teach. I also incorporate adaptations of popular music that children like to hear and play and try to stay responsive to the musical tastes of the student- while maintaining high standards in technique from beginners to advanced. I also address postural awareness and incorporate elements of the alexander technique into my teaching.

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Wider Opportunities Music Teacher
Sep 2008 - Sep 2010
Tower Hamlets Music Service

This role involved teaching groups of up to 20 children general musicianship skills and how to play the recorder. Lessons involved warm up games, songs, pitch awareness through song games and working with voice, learning to read note values, rhythm and reading notes for the recorder. Emphasis on working with popular songs and jazz styles that would appeal to key stage two pupils.

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Piano Teacher
Sep 2006 - Sep 2009
Hertfordshire Music Service UK, Enfield Arts Support Service UK

In both these roles I taught piano to primary school aged children. I incorporated an emphasis on foundational technique on piano as well as general musicianship. I was responsible for maintaining records and lesson plans for each pupil, as well as undertaking regular training to ensure high standards within each music service and to ensure the safety of the children. I entered pupils for exams and assessed their progress over the year, giving feedback to their parents and the heads of the music and arts support services. All my students received the first class grade of distinction in their exams. I also trained and prepared students for concerts at the end of each school year.

In my role at North Herts Music Service, I taught primary as well as secondary level students up to grade 8 standard, providing training for advanced exams and preparing students for university level and further pedagogical training on piano. In this role, similar to the above, I was responsible for planning each lesson within the context of an over arching plan extending throughout each term and through the year in order to ensure steady progress and maintain high standards of teaching. I attended training for this role as well as being regularly assessed. I also taught adult piano lessons for the North Herts music service. My adult pupils’ feedback was very positive.

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DaCapo Music Teacher and Assistant,
Sep 2007 - Sep 2008
DaCapo West London

This post required training for the Da Capo teaching method for younger children, an innovative approach which incorporates all the ways in which children learn; visual, auditory and kinesthetic. I assisted the teacher in a range of activities in each lesson, including movement, use of pictures and songs, use of percussion instruments and hand signs to indicate pitch, tempo and dynamics.

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Music Specialist
Sep 2006 - Sep 2008
Malborough Primary School, South Kensington, London, UK and The Dominie School, Battersea, London, UK,

Teaching General Music skills, as specified by the national curriculum. My lesson planning was informed by national UK curriculum guidelines, incorporating my own ideas. I ran the school choir and taught every year in the school, tailoring my teaching to different ages- nursery (Age 3/4) up to 11 years of age. I also helped prepare the children for countywide music concerts. To support this position, I undertook regular training to develop my teaching skills further.

Teaching at the Dominie School, I taught general musicianship skills in a school for children with learning difficulties. My lesson planning was informed by national curriculum guidelines, but I incorporated my own ideas as this position required flexibility in order to tailor to the needs of individual children. I also ran the school choir.

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Education

Alexander Technique Training
Sep 2017 - Present
Alexander Technique Educational Center, Berkeley
BA Music
Sep 2000 - Sep 2004
Middlesex University
2 year scholarship Piano
Sep 2001 - Sep 2003
Paris conservatory du VIeme
DEUG Musique (French undergraduate degree in Music)
Sep 2001 - Sep 2003
Universite de Saint- Denis

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

BA (Hons) Music, major in piano performance and music history
Jun 2004
Middlesex University

Degree Certificate

Scholarship in piano performance
Sep 2003
Paris conservatory du VIeme

2 years of piano performance training with professional performing pianists

DEUG Musique (French undergraduate degree in Music)
Jul 2003
University of Paris VII

Undergraduate degree certificate

Grade 8 piano
Jun 1998
Trinity college of music

This is the highest grade of the the piano grading system in the UK

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2 Reviews

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Thorick Sep 23, 2018
Classical Piano · In studio

I wanted to find someone to teach me classical piano technique. That would be 'serious' technique. I count myself as fortunate to have gotten Roxanna as an instructor. I feel that I am being properly guided by someone who has to have had breadth of experience to know and anticipate what things should be taught in what order. My mom is a life long amateur pianist and she agrees that I have found a great teacher !

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Stefan Jun 2, 2018
Piano · In studio

Our three children (ages 5, 6, 8) were Piano students of Ms. Roxy. We were saddened when Ms. Roxy had to move away.

Roxy is an EXCELLENT teacher. She is patient with the kids. She is very professional in setting and holding reasonable expectations for the kids. Her teaching approach is holistic, providing a deep sense of appreciation for music. The kids love her and you will too!

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