Information About Emma - Ardrossan teacher - (5 reviews)
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I am a graduate of the Newcastle Folk Degree and I'm now based in Ayrshire. I have been playing the fiddle for 17 years and the clarsach (celtic harp) for 14 years. Since then I have become an accomplished player of traditional music. I attended the RCS Junior Academy when I was younger where I developed my technique and ability greatly. In 2007, I won the North Ayrshire Traditional Musician of the year. Throughout my years of training in music, I have been taught by many great players of Scottish music including Catriona MacDonald and Patsy Reid.
I have a great deal of experience in performing. As part of a traditional group I was involved in as a teenager, I performed gigs in Sweden, Spain, France and Slovenia. I have performed at many big venues and events around the UK including King Tuts in Glasgow, The Cavern Club in Liverpool and The Sage Gateshead, amongst others. I also regularly perform at weddings, ceilidhs and even on cruise ships.
I have been teaching music for 12 years now in various environments including private tuition and leading and assisting in group workshops at festivals. I have always had a passion for education and helping others. I started off as a shadow tutor for my teachers, and learned lots of useful skills through this.
I have been teaching one to one lessons for both adults and children for around 5 years. Throughout my time teaching privately I have been praised for my friendly and patient approach to teaching and helping all of my pupils to overcome issues in their playing.
I have also been teaching harp at Arran High school for one and a half years. I lead fiddle and harp classes every week for adults as part of North Ayrshire's Gaelic Development initiative.
I am a regular fiddle tutor at both the Cambridge Folk Festival and Sidmouth Folk Week in England. At these festivals, I teach fiddle workshops to a range of ages and abilities which often lead to a showcase performance. I teach beginner fiddle to kids and adults and have also lead a 'learning by ear' workshop to adults. I have also initiated and lead my own fiddle workshop at the Marymass Folk Festival in Irvine and taught in harp workshops for beginners.
I have a wealth of experience and knowledge in teaching music which I further developed at university through modules which were specifically about music teaching.
I seek to always provide the best possible service to my pupils and for me that means catering to meet each individual pupils needs. I am an experienced and friendly teacher who has worked with a range of ages and abilities. I can help with learning tunes, technical ability and learning by ear on both fiddle and the clarsach. I seek to work on music which the tutee is interested in, whether that be folk, blues or pop - I am happy to help! I also help my tutees to read music - if that is something they are interested in.
I seek to help every person I work with to reach their full potential. I am understanding of the challenges of learning an instrument and am very supportive and encouraging of my students, whilst offering constructive advice to help make good progress. I want all of my students to develop a love of music and so it's important to me that lessons are fun and effective. I also offer my students performance opportunities, which are optional.
If you would like some more information on the services I offer, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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- Newcastle University (2014) - 2:1 BMus Folk and Traditional (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- St Matthew's Academy (2010) - A - Advanced Higher Music (School) (✔ On File)
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