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6 years ago
Nick Redfern was such a fantastic music teacher to me as a youngster. I would always look forward to his composition lessons and often stay behind for a chat. He took extra time with me to listen and help whenever I needed it and he was always fun yet sincere. Perfect teacher for a budding young musician.
- Iona T
a year ago
Nick is an excellent teacher, lovely and patient and very knowledgeable. X
- Tara S
3 years ago
- Ric G

Tuition at NRM

At NRM the emphasis is on student centred learning, constructive appraisal and the gaining of skills, knowledge and understanding of music and creative musicianship.  Sessions are highly structured and aim to suit the individual learning requirements of the student, through developmental feedback, advice and guidance.  Music education should challenge, fulfil and enrich.


Tuition is based at Foxton, Leicestershire, but home visits are available. Sessions are between 30, 60 and 90 minutes duration depending on programme and skills level.

Piano & Vocal Tuition
Piano for beginners
Piano lessons from grade 1 to grade 5 ABRSM, Rock School or equivalent, popular and classical music.  Piano lessons include learning new music, developing and extending repertoire, scales and technical exercises, aural skills, sight reading, music theory, improvisation and composing for piano.
The learning outcomes will include a weekly personal session plan and practice routine as well as extended listening projects and research.
The ethos of the sessions is learning through structured activity, creativity and in the enjoyment of personal achievement.

Vocal coaching
ABRSM grade 1 to grade 5, Rock School or equivalent, popular, classical music and musical theatre.  Vocal coaching sessions include repertoire development, warming up and technical exercises, extending vocal range and sonority, aural skills, music theory and sight reading.
The learning outcomes will include a weekly personal session plan and practice routine as well as extended listening projects and research.
The ethos of the sessions is the attainment of personal confidence, the gaining of skills and a wide variety of performance styles.


Composition & Music Theory Tuition
Music Theory: ABRSM grades 1 to 8.
The learning outcomes will include a weekly personal session plan, independent learning routine and research.  Music Theory sessions are 60 minutes duration.

Composition lessons are in three stages:
Composition skills for the beginner
This will include gaining vital skills in creative musicianship, structuring musical thoughts through melody, harmony and rhythm, music theory, developing ideas and notational principles.  The composer will be guided through a series of sessions which will explore a variety of compositional methods, including the piano, string quartet, solo instrument and songs.  Composition skills for beginner sessions are 60 minutes duration.

Intermediate composer
This level is designed for the composer who has had some basic experience in writing music and is wanting to develop skills that will enable work on a more challenging level.  The programme will explore traditional Classical structure and will introduce compositional techniques using a variety of keys and modes.  Irrational rhythms will be employed in compositional tasks, along with extended and altered chords.  Analysis of major works will be completed and a greater awareness of contemporary music models will be encouraged.  Intermediate composer sessions are 60 minutes duration.

Semi-professional composer.
These sessions are designed for the advanced musician who is intending to enter the world of the freelance composer.  Learning programmes will be individually designed to enable the student to gain the relevant skills and techniques required to succeed in a highly challenging industry.  Sessions will include working on extended forms, employing complex harmonic and rhythmic structures and developing an individual musical language.  Composing for orchestra and large choral forces will be explored as well as virtuoso solo works.  Semi-professional composer sessions are 60 to 90 minutes duration.
Further study will include familiarity with the leading composers of the 20th and 21st Centuries, research projects and submitting works to reading panels, competitions and composer opportunities.


Dr Nick Redfern BA (Hons) First Class, MMUs, PhD.
Nick has 33 years experience in music education and has taught in schools, colleges and universities from levels 1 to 6.  NRM can offer a broad range of bespoke music tuition packages to suit your individual needs, in a friendly and supportive environment.

Nick is the director of the Foxton School of Music and studied composition, piano and singing at Huddersfield Polytechnic, followed by postgraduate study in composition at King’s College London, The Royal College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire.  He has worked as an education facilitator with The London Sinfonietta, Opera Factory, English National Opera, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The London Symphony Orchestra.

Nick is also active as a researcher and writer and is the Director of Sentimental Cloud Factory Publications Limited.

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