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Hourly Fee
Beginner £15.00
Intermediate £25.00
Casual £15.00

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Personal Description:

Hi! My name is Clarissa and these days, I'm an academic researcher in chemistry. I have been an amateur player for 25 years and counting. Although I am not a professional, I did previously teach beginners and intermediate students, aged between 5 - 65, in Sydney for 7 years (1999 - 2006). And I have recently started teaching beginners again here in Edinburgh. I also used to play for weddings and a tango band in Australia years ago, and more recently, bit of Scottish fiddle and folk music. I have also had experience in orchestral playing. I have attained Grade 8 Violin and Grade 5 Music Theory from The Australian Music Examination Board in 2006. My practical exams were generally awarded Distinction ("A" grade), except two were awarded Credit (B+).

Tutoring Experience:

7 years of private teaching to beginners and intermediate students aged 5 - 65 (1999 - 2006, Sydney, Australia)

Private teaching in Edinburgh (May, 2018 - Present)

More than 8 years of experience in teaching laboratory chemistry and tutorials in universities

Tutoring Approach:

As a violin student, I went through many different learning experiences with various teachers and as a result, have gained a lot of useful fundamental techniques that I am keen to share with beginners and intermediate students. Apart from that, I also read quite a bit on the different kinds of teaching methods and useful techniques shared by professional violinists from their masterclasses. Armed with those information and personal experiences, I am confident that I can guide beginners, who are keen to start learning the violin, with a good foundation without hurting themselves. If you're an intermediate student (Grade 3 to 5) wanting to improve your playing technique and posture, I can help, too.

Everyone is different and thus, the approach will be different for each student. I believe that teaching is a great way to learn and explore new techniques and ideas - it's very much a two way street between the teacher and student. So I tend to ask students to describe their feelings and opinions after introducing and trying out new techniques and ideas in the lessons. No matter how old one is, one always have their own opinion and perspective on matters, and I respect that very much.

Whilst music is meant to be an enjoyment, I am also very detail and technique focused, as bad habits developed in early stages of learning are extremely detrimental to further studies. The need to relearn basic skills at a later stage in order to correct bad habits is a very tough and time consuming process that I do not wish upon anyone. Patience and perseverance will be rewarded in the long run.

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Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: Cantonese
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • University of Sydney (2010) - Medicinal Chemistry (Doctorate) (✘ Not On File)
  • The Australian Music Examination Board (2006) - Grade 8 Violin (Other) (✘ Not On File)
  • The Australian Music Examination Board (2006) - Grade 5 Music Theory (Other) (✘ Not On File)

Tags: Edinburgh Violin teacher, Edinburgh Beginner Violin teacher, Edinburgh Intermediate Violin teacher, Edinburgh Casual Violin teacher