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Timothy Bridgewater

Auckland
Piano Lessons | Artist development, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, Drama Lessons

  • Qualifications: BA from Cambridge, LGSM
  • Pricing: $60 per hour
  • Styles: classical, pop.
  • Suitability: grade 2 to diploma. Aged 9 upwards

Bio

Trained in UK at Cambridge and the Guildhall. Came to NZ in 1980 and quickly established a reputation in Wellington as a professional pianist/keyboardist, composer/arranger and musical director. Shows I have conducted include West Side Story, Chicago, Les Mis and Cats (national tour, 1996).
I also wrote music criticism for the Dominion newspaper for 12 years.
In 1999 I moved to Singapore to take up a position as Dean of Performing Arts at a lage international school, gaining invaluable teaching experience and multicultural exposure. Throughout this time I have taught piano privately to all ages, levels and races.
Since returning to NZ in 2013 I have been MD for productions of Oklahoma and Mamma Mia and played keyboards in Phantom of the Opera. I continue my private teaching and now also work for Lewis Eady music school here in Auckland.

Teaching Info

I believe that early enthusiasm for music can easily be quashed by bad teaching and forcing kids into exams and playing stuff they just don’t like. As a teacher I believe that your teaching style should be moulded to fit each student as each student is different and has different needs. It is crucial to establish a positive relationship with the student and guide them according to their strengths. Finding the right music for them to play is very important in fostering their enthusiasm. Just playing the same 3 exam pieces all year is enough to kill anything, including the will to live!
I also believe in building a strong technical foundation, but doing it in an enjoyable way.
I always marry the practical and theoretical in my lessons, so a student will build awareness of how music is put together.. rather than just being able to name intervals and regurgitate italian words. This helps a lot with both reading and improvisation.