Information About Melissa - Blaydon-on-Tyne teacher - (4 reviews)
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I began learning the violin at school, studying both classical violin and Scottish fiddle. Growing up in the Highlands of Scotland, music was a huge part of my childhood and I played in various folk music groups and orchestras. I moved to Newcastle in 2009 to study for a BMus (Hons) in Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University where I chose to specialise in Scottish traditional music and gained a first in performance. A few years after graduating I realised I wanted to take my further my interest in teaching. In 2017 I gained a postgraduate diploma with distinction in instrumental teaching from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance which I studied alongside my teaching in Newcastle.
I began giving private violin and fiddle lessons in Newcastle during 2011 and I haven't stopped since! I teach mainly individual lessons to students as young as 7 all the way through to retired adults. A large number of my students start with me as complete beginners but I also teach intermediate and advanced students.
In addition to my private teaching, I currently work as a peripatetic strings tutor at a school in Northumberland and a fiddle tutor or the North East Fiddle School, teaching style and technique to adult classes. I have been a frequent guest/deputy tutor at the Tyneside Fiddle Alliance since 2015 and I have also previously taught a children's ceilidh band at Bellingham Middle School.
Most of my students choose to focus on classical violin or folk fiddle/viola but many want to learn the instrument itself and therefore play a variety of musical styles which can be incredibly useful. There are many benefits to having at least a good basic understanding of classical technique and music theory but there are also advantages to learning folk music (for example learning without sheet music or basic improvisation) so it is good to explore all of these skills. I also think it's really important to make lessons relevant to the student's interests so I always want to include music they love and enjoy wherever possible alongside a range of tried and trusted tutor books.
The option of taking grade exams is open to all students but I completely understand that some prefer not to or would like to wait a few years first. For those that do wish to take exams I currently enter students for both ABRSM and Trinity College violin, fiddle and music theory exams. I have previously entered students into LCM Traditional Music Exams and this may be an option for viola students. I am also a fully trained Music Medal teacher-assessor for ABRSM Music Medals aimed at younger students.
All beginners are offered 30 minute lessons (£13.00) and for more advanced students there is the possibility of a 1 hour lesson (£26.00) or 45 minute lessons (£19.50). Group lessons and one off masterclasses are available. Please contact for details.
Video lessons are also available via various platforms - Skyoe, Facetime, Google Hangouts etc.
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Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Birmingham City University (2021) - PGCEi Group Instrumental Learning (In progress) (PGCE) (✘ Not On File)
- Leicester College (2018) - Level 2 Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent (College) (✘ Not On File)
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2017) - PGDip 'The Teaching Musician' (In Process) (Masters) (✔ On File)
- Newcastle University (2013) - BMus (Hons) Folk and Traditional (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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