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Instruments Taught

Viola

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

Violin

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

Music Theory

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00

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Personal Description:

I graduated from the RWCMD (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) in Cardiff one year ago, where I spent two years studying full-time for a MMus (Masters) in Solo Performance Violin. As part of the course I also undertook extensive orchestral and chamber music performance. Prior to this, I worked as a private music teacher and spent 3 years studying full-time for a BA Hons in Music at the University of Southampton. For the past year since my Master's graduation, I have been working full time as an Intern teacher of Upper Strings for the music service in Berkshire (Berkshire Maestros.)
Unfortunately, I am unable to teach from home and do not have my own business premises so I will always drive to you. I have ample experience in teaching all ages and abilities - I have taught from ages 5 to post 65 in the past few years. I am exceptionally sociable/personable and have received high level teacher/musical training to become fully equipped as an instrumental teacher for everybody. I look forward to hearing from you as a future pupil!

Tutoring Experience:

Between university and music college/conservatoire, I took a gap year where I taught full-time as a private peripatetic music teacher in this area. I have taught the piano previously but am now only available for violin and viola (and general music theory.)
After music college, I also spent the past year working full-time for Berkshire Maestros. This was an incredibly full-on year which was extremely rewarding but also a massive learning curve. I started taking my own string orchestra which met to rehearse weekly and this is also when I began teaching the viola.
I have taught whole class, groups, and individual music lessons, and now have considerable conducting experience too from my string orchestra. I really enjoy teaching and am happy to enter pupils for exams if they wish to. Previously, pupils have regularly attained Merit and Distinction exam results through having myself as teacher.

Tutoring Approach:

I believe strongly in a thorough grounding in one instrument, as opposed to learning lots of instruments at a low level. I also believe that a solid musical upbringing or education is brilliant for the social, mental and physical progression/well-being of children and adults alike. Many scientific studies have proven the benefits to learning an instrument. Academically, those children who do learn instruments are proven to achieve better grades. Weekly home-time practice will be necessary as part of the learning process, however the most beneficial thing an individual can do to improve their musicality is join an orchestra or ensemble. Playing together in this way is hugely beneficial for all learners, and I personally have always played in a variety of orchestras/ensembles throughout the course of my musical education. In lessons, I will often play along with the pupil to further boost confidence, and believe in a fun-loving and holistic approach which involves lots of games and activities. Being trained at Masters/Postgraduate level, I am comfortable teaching advanced level string technique, and am aware how a good technique will actually make playing easier. Teaching poor technique at an early stage is in my opinion a terribly irresponsible and careless thing to do as it can take years of hard work to try and undo this. It can be hard to change things practiced in wrong for many years.
I do not advocate exams as the one and only route for progression - I will always encourage a pupil to enjoy playing as many different styles and genres of music as possible. There is more, much more to instrumental learning than exams alone. I am also happy to arrange concerts for my pupils who would like further opportunity to perform.

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

Qualifications:

  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama/RWCMD (2017) - MMus Solo Performance (Violin (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
  • University of Southampton (2014) - BA (Hons) Music (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
  • South Downs College (2011) - 3 A Levels (College) (✘ Not On File)
  • Cams Hill School (2009) - 13 and a half GCSEs (School) (✘ Not On File)

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