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Instruments Taught


Hourly Fee
Beginner £34.00


Hourly Fee
Beginner £34.00
Intermediate £34.00
Advanced £34.00
Expert £34.00
Casual £34.00

Music Theory

Hourly Fee
Beginner £34.00
Intermediate £34.00
Advanced £34.00
Casual £34.00


Hourly Fee
Beginner £34.00
Intermediate £34.00
Advanced £34.00
Expert £34.00
Casual £34.00

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Personal Description:

Mathew first began playing the violin at the age of 11 and the viola aged 14, with Martin Gadd at Brentwood County High School, in Essex. Martin was incredibly patient with him and somehow managed to enable him to play both instruments, despite Mathew’s all-consuming obsession with horse riding!

He never planned to study music, but aged 18 suddenly found himself on an undergraduate course at the Colchester Institute, where he continued to study both the viola and violin with Margaret Williams (AKA Mrs Parfitt). She was an absolutely amazing teacher and he really owes his entire career to her perseverance and the encouragement of him to achieve his potential. Frequently in his lessons with Margaret, Mathew would be faced with the challenging question of ‘how would you teach that?’ - a strategy that really helped him to come to grips with the technical processes involved in playing the viola. He was also fortunate, whilst at Colchester, to participate in numerous masterclasses with the Endellion String Quartet and Nash Ensemble.

After graduation, Mathew continued to study with Margaret whilst beginning a teaching career for the London Borough of Havering, where he taught both the violin and viola. He also tutored for the junior string ensembles in his home town of Brentwood, learning a great deal from working alongside another amazing string teacher, Ann Elderton.

Mathew then left the UK to go and teach bowed strings for the Forces Schools in Germany, where he worked from the music centre based at King’s School, Gutersloh. On returning to the UK, he took up a position with the Norfolk Music Service, with whom he worked for 23 years, with a short break to study further and be head of a music department in a school for children with learning difficulties. He eventually rose to be Head of Strings for the Norfolk Music Service, a role he enjoyed immensely.

There have also been two periods of studying the viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with Mark Knight and for a Master of Arts in Music Education at Trinity College of Music. Mathew also holds a PGCE in Primary Education.

A long standing and active member of the European String Teachers Association, Mathew has been on the management committee, the executive committee, held the post of external relations officer and spent four years editing their magazines. Currently, he is the Regional Officer for Norfolk and writes a series of Blogs for the Association that can be **E-mail Address Removed**/blog.

Pupils of Mathew have successfully been members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain **Web Address Removed** , the Norfolk County Youth **E-mail Address Removed**/youth-activities/norfolk-county-youth-orchestra, participated on Pro Corda courses **Web Address Removed** and gained places as Junior Exhibitioners at London Conservatoires. They have also been successful at gaining awards for their studies from AYM **Web Address Removed**

Mathew teaches at the **Removed By Admin** and a primary school in Cambridge, along with private pupils at his home in rural Norfolk. He is also **Removed By Admin**

As a player, Mathew can be seen playing in the viola sections of the **Removed By Admin** and freelances across the East Anglian region.

Mathew still continues his viola studies with the British Viola Society Vice President, Martin Outram, and plays on a viola made by Robin Aitchison and a violin by Tibor Szemmelveisz.

Mathew holds a 'Live' Enhanced DBS Certificate and Level 2 in Child Protection (EduCare)

Tutoring Experience:

I have been teaching the violin and viola for over twenty six years, having taken pupils from beginner through to diploma standard, membership of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, entrance to music college and university.

I have taught here and in Germany in both state and independent schools. In my teaching I draw on the approaches of Kodaly and Dalcroze, along with the string teaching philosophies of Rolland and Suzuki.

Tutoring Approach:

My approach to teaching is very much catered towards the individual. I have a wealth of experience to draw on and am a sympathetic teacher that believes that music lessons should be an enjoyable experience.

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


  • Trinity College of Music (2000) - Music Education (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
  • Trinity College London (1996) - Licentiate in Viola Teaching (Other) (✘ Not On File)
  • Anglia Polytechnic (1991) - Primary Education (PGCE) (✘ Not On File)
  • Colchester Instritute (1990) - Graduate Diploma in Music (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)

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