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Ellen

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About me

I'm a musical instrument teacher with over 25 years experience. I love to teach!

My name is Ellen Priessman and I am a piano, saxophone, clarinet, recorder and theory teacher. I hold ABRSM grades in each instrument and the theory. I love the experience of making music and the joy it brings to people. I have taught pupils of varying ages; from children as young as 4 to older people in their 70s. No two pupils are the same which is part of the love of teaching for me. I get a lot of satisfaction if I can help pupils to achieve whatever it is they want to achieve; whether it i...

My name is Ellen Priessman and I am a piano, saxophone, clarinet, recorder and theory teacher. I hold ABRSM grades in each instrument and the theory. I love the experience of making music and the joy it brings to people. I have taught pupils of varying ages; from children as young as 4 to older people in their 70s. No two pupils are the same which is part of the love of teaching for me. I get a lot of satisfaction if I can help pupils to achieve whatever it is they want to achieve; whether it is a small ambition such as playing Happy Birthday in a primary school assembly or a larger one like passing their music exams. I studied for my music degree at the University of Winchester (or King Alfred's College as it was then called). I have taught privately since 1997 and have had many exam successes with my pupils. The lessons progress at the pace of each individual pupil; I can adapt lessons to suit each pupil. Everyone is different and some will learn faster than others. I introduce sight-reading early on as this is a skill which will be useful in many ways. Aural skills are also a part of lessons as listening is an essential part of learning and playing music and in other areas of life as well. I always encourage pupils to ask as many questions as they need to; I would rather have a multitude of questions than a pupil who is struggling with something and is too worried to mention it. I will set you pieces or technical exercises to practice between lessons though I do understand that day to day life gets in the way of practice from time to time! If you would like to work towards any graded exams this is something I am experienced in and there are various examination boards available for us to use or if you just want to learn for fun that is fine as well! I am more than happy to teach pupils with special needs and have had several autistic pupils before. I have one pupil who is deaf and another who is blind which goes to show disability really doesn't stop you doing something if you put your mind to it. I use ABRSM or Trinity for exams but I am happy to use other boards if preferred as there are several options now for music exams. I am also happy to do one-off lessons if needed; it may be that you need just a double check or an extra practice for your sight-reading or aural skills for example. I am also the Musical Director for a local theatre company which is great fun! I have also played for school Nativity plays and helped with school orchestras as well.

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  • Music Advanced
  • Piano Advanced

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Janet Goh
Ellen is just brilliant and so glad we found her! Ellen is not only musical but very supportive with children. Ellen is also super friendly and really tailors the lesson around the student. She knows exactly how to make the lesson fun whilst still keeping my son focused. We feel incredibly lucky to have found her and are proud to have her as a teacher.
Naomi Seaton
Ellen has taught my daughter (now age 10) piano and clarinet online for the past three years. My daughter loves the lessons and is inspired by Ellen. Ellen is always cheerful and enthusiastic and good fun. She kept us going though lockdown and has taught my daughter through 3 piano grades passing all with merits. We would highly recommend Ellen.
Jo Raper
Ellen's a fantastic teacher. I've been learning with her for about a year and I've grown in confidence through her teaching. She's very patient, supportive and motivating. She recommends a variety of pieces to try based on your musical interest. I'd definitely recommend her.
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Education

Degree - B.A. B. A. Hons Music
Certification Abrsm Exams In Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorder And Theory.

About me (pictures, hobbies, extracurricular interests...)

Playing my instruments. Reading Going to the theatre.

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