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Violin

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00
Advanced £25.00
Expert £25.00
Casual £25.00

Viola

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00
Advanced £25.00
Expert £25.00
Casual £25.00

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Personal Description:

Sophie began studying the violin at the age of 6, when her family had settled in Thetford, Norfolk. Having achieved Grade 8, she began attending the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2007. After being awarded a viola scholarship, she learnt both instruments. However, loving the warmth and tone of the viola, this has become the height of Sophie’s interest ever since. During her time at the Royal Academy she studied the viola with Robert Turrell and also undertook piano and vocal tuition in her spare time.

In 2009, Sophie began a degree in music at Bangor University, North Wales. During these years she travelled to Liverpool for her lessons with Richard Wallace. Sophie was principal viola of the Bangor University Symphony Orchestra and Bangor Baroque ensemble in her final year, also playing for the Menai String Quartet. Since graduating in July 2012 and receiving a BMus (Hons), she then moved to Cardiff to begin a Master’s in Viola Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She graduated with an MMus in 2015 and whilst there, played regularly with the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. Sophie currently plays for Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a freelance violist/violinist for weddings, shows, and occasional orchestral performances.

Tutoring Experience:

Following her Master’s degree, she gained a certificate in creative movement through Touch Trust Cardiff (music therapy sessions for those with profound needs) and for a short while, helped to lead and play for sessions. In the years following, Sophie worked for Forte School of Music and Making Music Changing Lives. She currently teaches privately in Cardiff, also working for Gwent Music, Bristol Music Service, Treorchy Primary, Treorchy Comprehensive and Rhydywaun.

As of September 2019, Sophie gained a place on a postgraduate course in Group Instrumental Learning (with violin as a focus) through Birmingham City University and London Music Masters. This is the first of its kind, and she looks forward to exploring string teaching further as the year continues!

Tutoring Approach:

Having taught both privately and in schools/for local music projects, I have experience in teaching both children and adults.

Lessons can be tailored to suit a pupils needs, be it graded ABRSM/Trinity exams, or learning just as a hobby.

I am both friendly and approachable, please don't hesitate to get in touch :)

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

Qualifications:

  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (2014) - MMus (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • Bangor University (2012) - BMus (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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