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Instruments Taught

Sarah offers a FREE first / introductory lesson!


Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00


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Expert £30.00


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Beginner £30.00

Music Theory

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Advanced £30.00


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Casual £30.00

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Personal Description:

I have always been passionate about Music making. I started playing the recorder at the age of 5, which eventually lead to me starting to learn the clarinet (which is now my first study instrument). I also play tenor horn and keyboard/piano.
I enjoy performing in and leading musical ensembles. In my role as a Secondary School Music teacher I lead and conducted a number of musical ensembles including a Concert Orchestra, Junior Band/Orchestra and Soul Band alongside annually rehearsing a pit band to perform as part of the school production. I rehearsed these ensembles to a high standard preparing them for regular performances in a school setting alongside community events, often in public performing venues in the local area.
In my spare time I enjoy singing in a local community choir. I am a mum of 2 and enjoy attending live performances with my family at local venues.

Tutoring Experience:

I have been a Secondary School classroom Music teacher for over 13 years. This includes teaching GCSE Music (most recently AQA specification). Over the years my role has included developing the musical skills of students at KS3 and preparing students for KS4 GCSE courses and KS5 BTEC/A Level courses. This encompasses all components of musical learning, performing, composing and listening/appraising.
Before embarking on a PGCE in Secondary Music I spent a summer working as a clarinet teacher and Music tutor at Appel Farm Arts Camp in New Jersey, U.S.A.

Tutoring Approach:

Learning a musical instrument should be first and foremost fun! I enjoy adapting my lessons to meet the needs of individual students and always try and teach new concepts creativity through a range of approaches and games.
My lessons cover a range of musical genres to suit the musical insterests and goals of students with an emphasis on technical skill development, performing accurately and fluently, using dynamics and articulation to perform with expression and most importantly performing confidently on your chosen instrument.
Lessons also cover ensemble performing skills in addition to skill development as a solo performer. Relevant music theory and how to practice effectively is embedded into all lessons.
I would describe my teaching persona as approachable, encouraging, flexible and inclusive. I thrive on building confidence through positive feedback but I have exceptionally high standards of what individuals can achieve and will relentlessly provide detailed feedback about how a particular area of musical learning can be improved to get students to where they want to be.
Inspired by my son who had additional needs I am passionate about inclusive music making and welcome students who have additional needs.

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekdays (daytime)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • University of Leeds (2005) - Secondary Music (PGCE) (✘ Not On File)
  • University of Leeds (2003) - Music BA (Hons): 2:1 (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
  • Worcester Sixth Form College (2000) - A level Music (B) and Performing Arts (B) (College) (✘ Not On File)

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