A Yva Simone

A Yva Simone

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  • St Albans, Hertfordshire
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Providing music lessons in the comfort of the your own home, I am a highly qualified professional performer, teacher and accompanist with over 25 years of experience, covering St. Albans, Radlett, Harpenden and the surrounding areas.
Please visit www.pianoteacherstalbans.co.uk

I provide tuition for pupils of all ages (from 5 to 75), in piano, theory, aural skills, and practical musicianship for both ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall, covering the standard graded structure through to diploma fellowship level.

Specialising in teaching advanced players, musically gifted children and motivated adults, who are seeking to rekindle their skills from yesteryear, I add value to the learning experience by teaching in the luxury of the pupil's own home environment.

I have a 100% pass rate with all my students who have ever taken examinations - the vast majority of them with Distinction.

A former lecturer in music at universities in Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire, I am also a deputy organist for a couple of churches locally.

In addition, I provide coaching to teachers, professionals and potential professional musicians as well as singers.

I also accompany singers and instrumentalists at all levels for recitals, auditions, competitions and ABRSM examinations through to diploma level.


"Yva is positively inspirational - a truly excellent teacher. I have really progressed and gained confidence in the time she has been teaching me."
(Michael, St. Albans)

"Yva has taught my son William from the age of 8. He is now 16 years old and throughout the years Yva has been amazing in the way she has tutored him through all the grades in both piano and theory, achieving distinctions in all of them. It's wonderful to see the love of music that she has instilled into him."
(Francesca, Radlett)

"Yva has been a wonderful teacher. All of our children adore her and have progressed so quickly under her tuition. It has been such a pleasure to see this and hear them play so beautifully."
(David, Harpenden)

"Despite being an adult complete beginner who has no previous musical experience, I have been amazed at the speed at which Yva had me playing real music, and passing my Grade 1 with distinction. It has been hard practice but with great rewards. My weekly lessons are something I really look forward to as I know I will be challenged each time."
(Suzanne, St. Albans)

"I feel so incredibly lucky to have found Yva. I was looking for a teacher after an unrewarding experience with a previous. I knew within minutes of the first lesson that I had hit gold. She is friendly, relaxed, fun, imaginative and full of creative and stimulating methods. I have progressed so much faster because of her and she has taught me the true joy of playing. What a lucky find."
(Olivia, St. Albans)



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Qualification: BA (Hons) MA (Oxford), LLM, Ph.D, FRSA, FTCL, LmusTCL

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