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Instruments Taught


Hourly Fee
Beginner £40.00
Intermediate £40.00
Advanced £50.00
Expert £50.00
Casual £50.00


Hourly Fee
Beginner £40.00
Intermediate £40.00
Advanced £50.00
Expert £50.00
Casual £50.00

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Personal Description:

My wife and I have recently moved from South Africa to the UK and are planning to settle permanently. In South Africa I enjoyed a very successful career as string teacher. While studying at the University of Cape Town I won several performing awards including the I Musicanti Chamber Music scholarship, the Stephanie Garnett Music Prize and second prize at the Adcock Ingram competition. I was principal violist in the SA National Your Orchestra and of the Stellenbosch University String Ensemble. Additionally I have coached and conducted the University of Cape Town String ensemble as well as the Diocesan College String Orchestra. Under my tuition at Bishops twelve of my pupils won major scholarships. My teaching expertise was acknowledged countrywide, with invitations to present my paper, Violin and Viola Teaching Methodology, at St John’s College to Directors of Music Departments from across South Africa.

Tutoring Experience:

I have taught violin/viola to prep and high school learners at Diocesan college for 12 years as well as privately for 20 years. I also taught and managed the Kodaly Music school for strings in Cape Town for several years. Chamber music is my favourite form of performing.

My expertise cover all age groups including adult beginners.

Tutoring Approach:

Mastering the violin or viola is a long term project - these instruments are amongst the most difficult to learn and require a careful approach. It is essential to achieve a solid foundation which incorporates correct posture and balance, and which lays down the fundamentals for "free-from-tension" playing. The best string players are those who know how to play their instrument "naturally": that is moving only that which needs to move, and relaxing every area of the playing mechanism. I emphasize free, flowing bowing technique with the aim of producing a rich, warm tone. Left hand technique is taught from day one.

Where bad teaching has resulted in tension, poor intonation, tight tone and general frustration, there are ways of fixing things. These tendencies are usually the results of a stiff right arm, and with careful work, can be undone. The two ingredients required are patience and hard work.

I believe in balancing technique with carefree playing. However, only "playing" music won't result in a solid technical foundation. A solid, "free" technique is essential for carefree, joyful performing.

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


  • University of Kingston (2017) - Master of Arts (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • University of Cape Town (1992) - B. Mus ( a 4 year performance degree) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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