Information About Poppy - Exeter teacher
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I am a recent Music graduate from the University of York, now teaching in central Exeter. As a first study viola player, I have a passion for teaching this often forgotten instrument to all who are interested. I begun my musical journey as a child, starting first with piano and violin lessons. I was introduced to the viola ten years ago, and fell in love with the instrument. Since then, with a strong classical background, my passion for solo, orchestral and chamber music has developed. My particular interests within this field are playing in string quartets - playing repertoire ranging from Byrd, to Bach, to Beethoven, to Bartok, and beyond.
Whilst most of my recent musical activity has been focused on classical music, I also have a background in pop and rock, having been the keyboard player and vocalist for several different local covers bands. For me, playing this style of music is so fun and brings me great joy.
I principally teach the viola and violin, however, I may also be able to provide lessons for intermediate music theory and beginner piano, and intermediate keyboard skills (more appropriate for those wishing to play pop, rock and similar genres).
I am approachable and easy-going, and am keen to start with new pupils of any age, with differing levels of experience.
I have experience giving private violin lessons for children. The pupils I have worked with in this field have needed tuition with special attention on teaching and correcting their technique, including posture, bow hold, right hand technique and aural skills.
I also have several years of experience giving small group tutoring on pop and rock music; including working on students' technical skills, teaching basic music theory to give the students a relevant working understanding of the music they were working on, refining students' aural and ensemble skills, giving students performance opportunities, and bringing the student groups to performance standard, whilst instilling in the students a passion for the individual and group pursuits of music.
I firmly believe that the pursuit of music is a fulfilling activity, whatever stage of life you may be at. It is my aim as a teacher to encourage a love of music, regardless of age or ability.
As a teacher, I love to see my pupils taking an interest in their chosen instrument and genre of music. It is my job to equip pupils with the technical and musical abilities to pursue these interests. I believe that strong technique, and theory and contextual knowledge are key for the development of great musicians. I am a strong advocate for the value of hard work and practise, should you or your child have the desire to pursue music at an advanced level. I believe that the motivation to do the hard work required to advance to high levels of playing should be fuelled by the individual's passion for their chosen instrument and genre of music.
I have a flexible approach to teaching, customising lessons to the individual based on various factors.
It is my aim to inspire pupils to pursue music outside of lessons, as well as enjoying the lessons I will take with them. In most areas, my pupils will have freedom to choose their areas of musical interest to focus on. I will also ensure that they have a strong base of technique and knowledge, which should equip them with the tools to explore whichever avenue of music they find most interesting.
Above all, I believe in creating a fun-filled, friendly and informative environment, where pupils can feel inspired to learn about music and work hard towards their goals.
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- University of York (2018) - BA (Hons) (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)