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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

Music Theory

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 24-year-old fiddle player, violinist, pianist, singer and composer with a DipABRSM Teaching Diploma with Distinction (90% pass). I have 3 years' experience of teaching violin and fiddle in a fun and supportive environment. I enjoy sharing the joy of music with my students and seeing them develop both musically and personally. 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), then at Oxford University (where I gained a First Class BA Music degree), and then at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (where I gained an MMus Scottish Music degree). My performing and composition work is underpinned by my interests in cultural politics, the environment, spoken word, theatre, and music’s positive impact on our wellbeing. I have performed at Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Festival, Sidmouth FolkWeek and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I play with Stramash Cèilidh Band. My compositions include fiddle tunes, ensemble arrangements, theatre scores, short film scores and political songs. In 2019 I devised a musical-theatrical production A Reawakened Monument of Antiquity, inspired by A Collection of Highland Vocal Airs (1784). In my spare time, I enjoy hillwalking, cycling and cross-country skiing.

Tutoring Experience:

1. I currently teach 7 private students online.
2. I currently teach an online group adult fiddle class at the Scots Music Group.
3. I currently work as a Strings Instructor for Dundee City Council Instrumental Music Service. I teach 90 students at 5 primary schools and 1 secondary school.
4. I am currently studying Suzuki Violin Teacher Training to become a qualified Suzuki Violin Teacher.
5. I achieved a DipABRSM Teaching Diploma with Distinction (90%) in July 2018.
6. I taught 20 private students in Edinburgh between November 2017 and August 2018.
7. I was Assistant Teacher at Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin for 9-18 year olds in April 2016.
8. 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. I taught 31 students aged 7-18. By the end of my time there, my students were visibly happier and more confident, both in their musical abilities and in their personal lives.
9. 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, my experience of the positive impact that music has on our mental wellbeing, and the teaching methodologies that I learned for my DipABRSM Teaching Diploma. I value praise, fun and hard work. Music is an enjoyable activity!

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


  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2020) - MMus Scottish Music (Masters) (✔ 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)

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