Pablo Castro

Violin tutor

Based in
Muswell Hill, London, United Kingdom
Also teaches in London (North)

Rates: 1hr: £33 / 45min: £27 / 30min: £21 / +£5 if travelling

Make an enquiry Phone: 07415796595

Pablo was born in León, Spain, where he started playing violin when he was 7. He later moved to the Conservatory of Music Eduardo Martinez Torner, Oviedo, where he graduated in 2006. One year later he obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

He has attended courses and master classes with violinists such as Jose Ramon Hevia, Hector Corpus, Gonçal Comellas, Aitor Hevia, Yuri Pissarevsky and Natalia Lomeiko among others.

From the beginning of his career he took part in many instrumental ensembles and orchestras: Jeunesses Musicales of Leon, Oviedo International Youth Orchestra, Asturias Symphony Youth Orchestra, Orquesta Liceo de Barcelona, Orquesta Millennium Ciudad de Gijon, Orquesta Sinfónica Odón Alonso, etc. In 2004 he started his string quartet adventure with the Mixture String Quartet, performing around the north of Spain, both recitals and educational concerts in schools. Thanks to all those experiences he decided to follow a new path establishing the Duo Klier along with violinist and partner Talia Ramos. Since then they have been performing either recitals as a violin duo & soloists and running creative educational projects.
In 2011 he moved to London to keep exploring and learning about performing and teaching, having the chance to receive lessons from David Ballesteros, inspiring violinist of the LSO, to work along with former colleagues of Sheila Nelson at THAMES (Tower Hamlets Music Service) and to be trained as a teacher at The DaCapo Music Foundation.

As a student he was educated in a traditional approach and always wanted to learn about other methods like Kodaly, Suzuki, Dalcroze, etc. Moving to London enabled him to do that and now he's applying the best of each method in his private studio, with great results. His enthusiasm in music education, and more specifically in violin pedagogy, has led him to attend courses and seminars with renowned music educators in the last few years:

· 07/2011: “Practical Psychology for Teachers and Performers” with Lucinda Mackworth-Young.
· 10/2014: “From Feet Up” with Simon Cartledge.
· 11/2014: “Introduction to the Suzuki Method” with Helen Brunner.
· 02/2015: “The Art of Violin Playing” with Simon Fischer.
· 11/2015: "Alexander Technique and String Playing" with Henry Fagg.
· 09/2011-Present: The DaCapo Music Foundation Teachers Training Programme based on the methods of Kodaly and Dalcroze’s Eurythmics, created by cellist and pedagogue Jane Cutler.

Currently he combines his performing career with an intense teaching activity, working as a violin tutor for the The DaCapo Music Foundation, Haringey Music Service and his own private studio: Muswell Hill Violin Studio.

Group Classes

Violin Ensemble + Musicianship Lessons

Taking place at The Meeting House Muswell Hill (77 Church Crescent, N10 3NE), these group lessons are designed to complement individual tuition children are already having either privately or at school with the purpose of giving them the chance to take part in a weekly small ensemble (up to 8 students per class).

Chamber music is one of the most important experiences for a young musician; it helps develop not only musical ability but also social and team-working skills. We started this project with the idea of giving our private students the opportunity to perform and share learning with their peers, as this could be one of the best motivations to play an instrument!

It’s known that individual lessons are the core of instrumental teaching but they are not enough by themselves; musicianship and ensemble playing are key for a thorough development of the young musician. We also know how hard it is for parents to find enough time for their children to attend individual+musicianship+ensemble+orchestra classes. That’s why we have designed this program in which musicianship and ensemble are integrated in the group lesson, so the one-to-one can be more focused on technique and repertoire.

Our Classes:

EARLY YEARS, 4.00pm: singing, movement, mini-percussion, essential aural skills and lots of fun for 4-6 years old. The violin will be introduced gradually through games and simple activities. 45 min.

INITIAL STRINGS, 4.45pm: musicianship and ensemble playing for 6-8 years old children. Ideally in Pre-grade 1 & Grade 1 standard or similar. 45 min.

INTERMEDIATE STRINGS, 5.30pm: musicianship and ensemble playing for 8-11 years old children. Ideally in Grades 2 & 3 standard or similar. 45 min.

ADVANCED STRINGS, 6.15pm: musicianship and chamber music for 11+ years old children. Ideally in Grades 3-4 and above standard or similar. 45 min.

Standard and related ages are only a rough guide, we prioritise age rather than level when making the groups. We have extensive experience of teaching mixed abilities and the pieces are always arranged by ourselves in order to suit everyone. For instance, a 10 year old beginner would join the Intermediate Strings rather than Initial Strings so they will share the experience with children of a similar age. An easier part would be arranged for them to be able to join in from the very beginning.

Regular concerts will be held at the end of every term to share all the work done with families and friends and to give students the opportunity to perform regularly in front of an audience.

It's a: 
The Meeting House Muswell Hill
77 Church Crescent, N10 3NE, London, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Thursdays after school. 4-7pm
£15 per session ( or discounted rate of £12)



Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Online teaching offered

Make an enquiry Phone: 07415796595

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