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Jenifer M.

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A Level chemistry (Other) - Durham University

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About me

I have graduated as a music undergraduate at Durham University with honours and have started an A Level in chemistry in September 2016. I have had a real passion for music and biology for a long time studying them both at A-level, but as professional musicians and composers run in my family I decided to persue my love for music at university level.

I am a very patient person, having worked with children both at school during my A-Levels and throughout university when volunteering for Riding for the Disabled. I have learned how to explain various concepts in the most simple way possible.

The sessions:

It is important to understand all the basics of the subject before trying exam questions - especially in biology as many questions are applied knowledge questions (requiring you to use your basic knowledge to answer the question rather than regurgitate knowledge).

Therefore, the sessions will cover the basic knowledge of all the topics and how this knowledge can be used across the subject.

Music sessions will cover how to approach listening questions and what is required for a good composition.

These sessions will hopefully be informative and interesting - 'interseting' is key to learning well!

I am available to tutor GCSE, AS and A-Level music and GCSE biology

I have graduated as a music undergraduate at Durham University with honours and have started an A Level in chemistry in September 2016. I have had a real passion for music and biology for a long time studying them both at A-level, but as professional musicians and composers run in my family I decided to persue my love for music at university level.

I am a very patient person, having worked with children both at school during my A-Levels and throughout university when volunteering for Riding for the Disabled. I have learned how to explain various concepts in the most simple way possible.

The sessions:

It is important to understand all the basics of the subject before trying exam questions - especially in biology as many questions are applied knowledge questions (requiring you to use your basic knowledge to answer the question rather than regurgitate knowledge).

Therefore, the sessions will cover the basic knowledge of all the topics and how this knowledge can be used across the subject.

Music sessions will cover how to approach listening questions and what is required for a good composition.

These sessions will hopefully be informative and interesting - 'interseting' is key to learning well!

I am available to tutor GCSE, AS and A-Level music and GCSE biology

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
MusicA-level (A2)A*
BiologyA-level (A2)A*
FrenchA-level (A2)B
MusicDegree (Bachelors)2:1
Music Performance - fluteScottish highers / Advanced highers (Advanced Higher)Pass

General Availability

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
MusicA Level£24 /hr
BiologyGCSE£22 /hr
MusicGCSE£22 /hr
MusicIB£24 /hr

Questions Jenifer has answered

How do I improve my listening skills?

At A-Level it becomes a little trickier and the demand is higher. However, a fun way to improve your skills is with a  music friend. Go to a piano and test eachother on intervals, modulations and different types of chords. This way you really get to understand how they work as you have to make them up yourself - and it's always fun to work with friends!

At A-Level it becomes a little trickier and the demand is higher. However, a fun way to improve your skills is with a  music friend. Go to a piano and test eachother on intervals, modulations and different types of chords. This way you really get to understand how they work as you have to make them up yourself - and it's always fun to work with friends!

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2 years ago

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How do I make my composition interesting?

At A-Level the examiners are looking for something exciting. Choose an ensemble that you know well - it always helps to know what the instruments are capable of. Choose intersting textures and timbres, for example, broken chords (a slow-moving semibreve bass line isn't going to cut it), con sord (mute), pizzicato etc. Try and move seamlessly between keys and don't stay in one key for the whole piece. Show you know the new techniques you have learned like augmented 6ths for moving through keys. 

At A-Level the examiners are looking for something exciting. Choose an ensemble that you know well - it always helps to know what the instruments are capable of. Choose intersting textures and timbres, for example, broken chords (a slow-moving semibreve bass line isn't going to cut it), con sord (mute), pizzicato etc. Try and move seamlessly between keys and don't stay in one key for the whole piece. Show you know the new techniques you have learned like augmented 6ths for moving through keys. 

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2 years ago

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What are some effective techniques that can be used to change key in a composition?

Here is a list of some techiniques:

1) Using a secondary dominant to move to the dominant key

2)Augmented 6th

3)Diminished 7th - use one of the notes within the dominant 7th as a 'leading note' to a desired key

4)Cycle of 5ths

5)Semitone movements - usually within a less tonal piece

Here is a list of some techiniques:

1) Using a secondary dominant to move to the dominant key

2)Augmented 6th

3)Diminished 7th - use one of the notes within the dominant 7th as a 'leading note' to a desired key

4)Cycle of 5ths

5)Semitone movements - usually within a less tonal piece

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2 years ago

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