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Isla offers a FREE first / introductory lesson!


Hourly Fee
Beginner £35.00
Intermediate £35.00
Advanced £35.00
Casual £35.00

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Personal Description:

Hello! I’m Isla , a 22-year-old Scottish traditional fiddle player, singer, composer, classical violinist, classical pianist, community music practitioner and instrumental teacher with a DipABRSM Teaching Diploma with Distinction (90% pass). I have months of experience of teaching in a fun and supportive environment. I am passionate about music's positive impact on our wellbeing.

I acquired my own musical education first through the Suzuki method, then at the City of Edinburgh Music School, where I achieved a DipABRSM on violin, and then at Oxford University, where I gained a First Class BA Music degree. I am now studying a 2-year Masters degree in Scottish traditional music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland while working part-time teaching and gigging. Highlights of my performing career include busking from Moscow to Zeebrugge aged 11, playing a trad duet with Nicola Benedetti in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall aged 13, winning the lyrics category of Amnesty International’s Power of Our Voices songwriting competition aged 16, touring to China with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland in 2015 and touring the UK in the Fèis Rois National Cèilidh Trails 2017 and 2018, which included an appearance on BBC Radio Scotland’s Take The Floor and performances at Cambridge Folk Festival and Sidmouth Folkweek. I write my own songs and have scored music for two short films and two theatre productions. As a community music practitioner, I taught at a music school for vulnerable children in Uganda in summer 2014, helped to facilitate a songwriting project for people with dementia and their carers in Oxford in spring 2016, ran songwriting sessions for young parents and their babies in spring 2018, undertook research on music interventions in prisons as part of my undergraduate degree, and volunteered with Drake Music Scotland and Gig Buddies. I am a keen Munro-bagger and am interested in Scottish cultural politics, human rights and climate activism.

Tutoring Experience:

1. I achieved a DipABRSM Teaching Diploma with Distinction (90% pass) in July 2018.
2. I taught 20 private students in Edinburgh between November 2017 and August 2018. My students thoroughly enjoyed their lessons and improved quickly.
3. I was Assistant Teacher at Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin for 9-18 year olds in April 2016.
4. I was Volunteer Music Teacher at Tender Talents Magnet School in August-September 2014, a music school for vulnerable children in Kasangati, Uganda. I taught violin and music theory, led choir rehearsals, and founded and conducted Tender Talents Symphony Orchestra. In total, I taught 31 students aged 7-18. By the end of the month, my students were visibly happier and more confident, both in their musical abilities and in their personal lives.
5. I was Assistant Teacher at a Suzuki violin group class for 4-16 year olds in March-October 2012.

Tutoring Approach:

I tailor each lesson to suit the needs of each individual student. My teaching method is influenced by my personal experience of learning through the Suzuki method, the research that I have conducted on the positive impact of music on our mental wellbeing, and the teaching methodologies that I learned for my DipABRSM Teaching Diploma. I value the importance of praise, fun and hard work. Music is an enjoyable activity!

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Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: Russian
Availability: Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • ABRSM (2018) - DipABRSM Teaching Diploma (Distinction) (Other) (✔ On File)
  • University of Oxford (2017) - BA Music (First Class) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • The City of Edinburgh Music School (2014) - DipABRSM Violin (Other) (✔ On File)
  • The City of Edinburgh Music School (2014) - AMusTCL Theory and Composition (Other) (✔ On File)

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