My name is Michael Belinfante and I am based in Faversham, Kent. I have been teaching cello and piano for over 30 years both in my private practice and throughout Kent.
This year everyone has had to make adjustments because of lockdown. However, by using Skype and Zoom, lessons have continued without interruption since March 2020. Of course this state of affairs has had its limitations, but all my pupils have really appreciated the continuity in lessons that the technology was able to provide.
I am now taking tentative steps to return to normal by offering socially distanced lessons and continuing online lessons for pupils who have concerns about venturing into my practice for one to one lessons.
I teach children from the age of 4 up to adults, from beginner to advanced.
I can also offer theory and composition lessons.
Currently, I teach pupils from Faversham schools as well as Canterbury, Whitstable and Sittingbourne.
Recently, I was involved in a project on the Isle of Sheppey, teaching all year 4 children violin, cello and double bass. Whilst the funding continued, this was producing spectacular results with pupils in all years playing in a variety of ensembles to a high standard. What impressed me most about the scheme was that it proved that children can achieve great things in music if given the opportunity, no matter what their background is.
Everyone can benefit from instrumental lessons-no matter what age they are, but the earlier a child starts, the better. With the right encouragement and hard work, children can achieve spectacular results. I’ve had pupils who attain Grade 8 distinctions at the age of 8 and some who reach that standard in their fifties.
The pupils I teach in my private practice all come to me through recommendation, either from other music teachers, or those already attending my classes. If you are considering lessons, I will happily you provide with contacts who will be able to tell you about their own child’s progress.
An article about one of my previous pupils: