Information About Melissa - Newcastle teacher - (3 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. During my time at university I really enjoyed the "Teaching, Learning and the Community" module and a few years after graduating I realised I wanted to take my interest further. 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 loved studying at Trinity Laban and it was great to spend 2 years improving my teaching methods whilst exploring new alternative techniques as every student learns in a slightly different way.
I have wanted to be a violin teacher since I was a teenager, having been fortunate enough to have lessons with some really inspirational violin and fiddle teachers. During secondary school I gained experience helping with a children's string orchestra and had several of my own violin students. After moving to Newcastle I began giving private violin and fiddle lessons from 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 have previously taught a children's ceilidh band at Bellingham Middle School and been a guest tutor for Tarset Ceilidh Band and Tyneside Fiddle Alliance, both mainly adult groups.
Most of my students choose to focus on classical violin or folk fiddle 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 violin 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 violin 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 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.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Prospero Teaching (2018) - Level 1 Safeguarding (Professional) (✘ 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)
- Tain Royal Academy (2009) - Advanced Higher Music - A (School) (✔ On File)
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