Harp, Music Theory & Piano Teacher in Croydon
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I am a Welsh harpist and pianist who has recently moved to Croydon and I enjoy teaching both harp and piano children and adult pupils. I first studied harp, piano, and musicianship at the William Mathias Music Centre in Caernarfon with Elinor Bennett, Iwan Llywelyn Jones and Sioned Webb.
Born in Mynytho at the heart of the Llŷn Peninsula, I have enjoyed many successes in Welsh Eisteddfodau and festivals including first prize in harp competitions at the National Eisteddfod and the National Cerdd Dant Festival. I am lucky to have had a variety of unique experiences, including performing Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro and Paul Patterson’s Spiders Web at the Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, being invited to perform with Catrin Finch at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong, accompanying choirs on piano and playing keyboard in pit bands.
As well as teaching and performing as a soloist, I also enjoy creating music with others and am one-half of harp duo Dwyres alongside my sister. Dwyres are proud to have been a part of Osian Ellis’ 90th birthday celebration concert at Pontio Bangor alongside Bryn Terfel and Hannah Stone which was broadcast on Radio Cymru.
I have been giving private harp, theory, aural and piano lessons for the past ten years, taking nearly all my students through the ABRSM syllabus. From January 2018 I spent two years working and teaching at The Purcell School for Young Musicians. I firmly believe that communication with the parents of my younger students regarding the progress of their children is essential, and ensure that I provide regular feedback on their progress.
During my time at the Purcell School I taught theory and aural one to one on a weekly basis, giving students an extra boost before their ABRSM exams. I prepared many sixth form students for their grade five theory ensuring that they gained this crucial qualification before entering conservatoire.
As part of my continued professional training, I have undertaken a number of activities to enhance my teaching skills. I undertook various PGCE modules at Bangor University and have also participated in workshops and seminars at events such as the Music and Dance Expo, all of which have helped me hone my skills as a teacher and ensure my knowledge of effective teaching practices and exam boards is up to date.
Music Qualifications & Achievements:
In 2017 I graduated with a Masters degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she studied with international harpist Caryl Thomas and in 2015 graduated with honours from the Royal Northern College of Music where I studied with Eira Lynn Jones and held the RNCM scholarship.
I also hold a DipABRSM diploma and an LRSM diploma in harp performance and have a Grade 8 qualification in piano.
I teach my lessons from a teaching space located on Birdhurst Rise, South Croydon, CR2 7EG, UK. My full teaching address will be provided upon your first lesson booking. I also offer online and mobile lessons (subject to my availability and your location). For more information about my music lessons simply get in touch.
I was very sad to hear that Rhiain is moving from Canterbury but I hope to carry on having lessons with her online as she has been very helpful with my re-introduction to music and helped me regain some confidence at the piano.
Rhiain is very encouraging of my 6 year old daughter who has recently started having harp lessons with her. She was very helpful with advice when we were buying her first harp.
I’ve been having piano lessons with Rhiain for a year now and I feel like I’ve improved a lot. Her lessons are always fun and effective!
Rhiain is a reliable and efficient teacher and I really enjoy my harp lessons with her!