Hello. My name is Alexandra Bowen and I am a musician based in Derbyshire, UK.
My Teaching Background
Since 2002 I have been teaching piano, music theory, song-writing/ composition, musicianship, aural skills, and provided extra tuition for GCSE and A-level music. I have taught pupils aged 4 – 75 from beginner to Grade 8 standard and am experienced in teaching those with specific learning requirements and conditions such as Dyslexia, Speech Dysphasia and Visual Processing problems. I am particularly interested and specialised in teaching students who have Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
Since 2010 I have also been providing tuition for other teachers: I provide guidance on how to teach improvisation, keyboard harmony and aural skills in particular. I also tutor for those wishing to study a first diploma in piano teaching.
I am currently in the process of setting up my new company Stepping Tones, which delivers workshops to children and adults of all ages and abilities, to help them become better able to feel, hear and understand music. This page provides a little more background.
Since December 2009 I have been holding biannual pupil concerts at The Voicebox Arts Centre in Derby: I invite my own students and the students of some of my teaching colleagues to perform. These events have been very successful with up to 20 performers and 70 audience members. I have programmes and tickets professionally designed and printed and there are refreshments during the interval. I also have the whole performance filmed and the sound recorded professionally. These videos are hosted on Youtube. Click here to view the latest recordings.
My Own Music
I write, record and arrange my own music which has been used for independent film, in my teaching and for my own performances, both solo and ensemble. I have performed at venues across the UK including at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2009, the Buxton Fringe Festival 2009 and at Derby University May Ball 2006, alongside acts such as Joan as Policewoman, The Howling Bells, The Fun Loving Criminals and Liam Frost. In 2009 I was a featured artist on www.mercedes-benz.tv, where my song, ‘Into the Sea’ was available for download to people all over the world. In 2011, Mercedes Benz short-listed my song from 360 down to the top ten, and featured it once more on their site.
Other Teaching Experience
• Since September 2012, I have deputised for the Dalcroze/ Kodály teacher at Birmingham Conservatoire’s Junior Strings project, delivering lessons for 5 groups of children aged 4 – 11, who all play string instruments. The classes supplement the instrumental and orchestral tuition provided for by the Conservatoire, by developing skills in listening, memory, notation and music theory, harmony and many other elements of musicianship including decision-making, improvisation and quick reaction.
• I currently hold a position at Derby Music Centre on Saturday mornings, teaching musicianship, aural training and music theory to the instrumentalists there.
• I work with Dalcroze Eurhythmics at St Clare’s Special School in Derby, using with a wide variety of physical, social and emotional needs.
• During 2008/ 2009 I worked as a classroom music teacher in a primary school, teaching children aged 7-9 for 3 hours each week. I have also worked as a teaching assistant.
Qualifications and Training
Dalcroze Society April 2010 – July 2012
Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Two years tuition completed, practical exams passed, coursework and teaching practice pending.
A.B.R.S.M. December 2009
Dip. ABRSM – Principles of Instrumental Teaching – piano. Distinction.
TEFL February 2008
20 Hour Certificate
The University of Nottingham September 2006 – September 2007
Completed Year 1 of B.A Music programme.
E.P.T.A. January – June 2004
Piano pedagogy course at the University of London.
A.B.R.S.M. November 2001
Grade 8 Piano – Merit
Saint Benedict School and Sixth Form September 1993 – July 2001
A-Levels in English (A), Music (A), and Performing Arts (B).