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Instruments Taught

Alison offers a FREE first / introductory lesson!


Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00


Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £40.00
Casual £40.00


Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00

Personal Description:

I hold a Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music (GRSM) Honours Degree, an Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM) teaching diploma and three Grade 8s (with Distinction/Honours). I love to play (I'm a member of a local windband performing in concerts and at fetes and charity events and I also play with various chamber ensembles) but I enjoy teaching even more. I live in South Bucks and prefer to teach from home.

Tutoring Experience:

Graduating from the Royal College of Music in 1982, I worked as a self-employed peripatetic woodwind teacher in and around London before gaining a PGCE in music teaching from the Institute of Education and taking up a position as music teacher in a secondary school where I also gained experience in Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Child Protection and gained an Advanced Certificate (Distinction) in the Education and Psychology of SEN. I now combine my work as peripatetic instrumental woodwind teacher and conductor for Buckinghamshire Music Trust with private teaching having a growing number of private pupils ranging in age from 6 to older adults. I have experience of teaching across all age ranges as I have run music and movement groups with babies from six months’ old and taught class music to young people up to ‘A’ level and adult beginners of advanced years.

Tutoring Approach:

My teaching philosophy is to enable my pupils to develop into rounded, self-aware musicians through lessons which cover a broad range of skills in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Firstly, lessons and practice must be fun so I like to help pupils work on technique, theory and aural skills through playing pieces that they enjoy. Secondly, I think it's important that pupils feel they are making progress so, whilst it's important to get a really good basic foundation, I try to mix things up a bit so no-one is stuck on the same thing for too long. Finally, I want all my pupils to get the maximum out of their own practice time, so I focus on teaching them to play with a 'listening ear' so they can be their own teacher even when I'm not there.

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • Royal College of Music (1982) - GRSM (Hons) Degree (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • Royal College of Music (1982) - ARCM (Teaching Diploma) (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • The Royal Schools of Music (1976) - Grade VIII (Distinction) (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • Trinity College of Music (1975) - Grade VIII (Honours) (Professional) (✔ On File)

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