Sophie S. Music Tutor From Oxford University.

Sophie S.

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Degree: Music (Bachelors) - Oxford, St Anne's College University

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About me

About me:

I am a final year music student at St Anne’s college, University of Oxford. As a St Anne’s music student, I have experience working as a mentor for GCSE and A Level students of the ‘Oxfordshire Music Service’s Advanced Musicianship Programme’. I also love travelling, and spent part of my summer training to teach English as a foreign language in a school in China.

What can I help with?

A large part of my degree focuses on developing a sophisticated writing style and being able to maintain a well structured argument, and so I am very happy to also tutor GCSE or 13+ English, and offer guidance on the written part of the music A level, including exam technique and composition sleeve notes. I can also help with music notation, music theory, how to write a Bach chorale and the counterpoint module for music A Level.

Each session will be flexible and student-led. I am happy to tutor more than one subject or topic during a tutorial if this works well for the student.

Composition

I am currently applying for a Masters in Composition and so I would be able to give more advanced guidance on composition, both for GCSE/A Level or ones you’ve done in your free time!

Need help with your personal statement?

I am very happy to look over personal statements, offer grammatical corrections and suggest ways to help your statement standout to the interviewer. 

Preparing for interview for university or an audition for conservatoire?

Having had several auditions for conservatoires and an Oxbridge interview, I know the procedure inside out, and would be very happy to give mock-interviews, talk through what sort of questions will come up and how to tackle them in an interesting and engaging manner.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, want to find out a bit more about me, or to book me as your tutor, send me a 'WebMail' or book a 'Meet the Tutor Session' (both accessible through this website). I look forward to meeting you!

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Music A Level £20 /hr
Art GCSE £18 /hr
English GCSE £18 /hr
Music GCSE £18 /hr
English 13 Plus £18 /hr
English 11 Plus £18 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £20 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
MusicA-LevelA
EnglishA-LevelA
ArtA-LevelA*
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No

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Questions Sophie has answered

How do I develop a composition?

A good place to start with a composition is to look at the set works. Perhaps you have been talking about some of the compositional features of the set works, such as melody and accompaniament, rhythmic variations, alberti bass lines or modal harmonies... You need to be able to show the examin...

A good place to start with a composition is to look at the set works. Perhaps you have been talking about some of the compositional features of the set works, such as melody and accompaniament, rhythmic variations, alberti bass lines or modal harmonies... You need to be able to show the examiner that you are aware of the compositional devices you are using, and that you are able to develop them effectively.

I find that a good way to start a composition is by improvising on my instrument. I then come up with a few key ideas or motives, perhaps a series of notes which create an interesting harmonic soundscape, a rhythmic cell, or perhaps an interesting structure. 

There are many ways to develop your initial ideas. There are systematic ways such as applying devices like retrograde, (playing the pitches backwards) inversion, (flipping the pitches around a pitch centre, for example, if the original melody was C, D, E, G, F, the inverted melody, if flipped around C would be C, Bflat, Aflat, F, G). Or you may want to compose in a more organic way, through improvisation for instance. 

If you are at all stuck, just remember to go back to the orignal idea that you came up with, the piece will sound more coherent if it all links together in some way!

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