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I'm 61, and I am a violin and viola teacher of some repute. I specialise in teaching young children from the age of 4 upwards, mainly using Suzuki Method with adaptations to include lots of music reading, group lessons, orchestral experience and AB exams from Grade 3 upwards.
With nearly thirty years’ teaching experience, my pupils have achieved many things. They have performed on the South Bank and at St. John’s, Smith Square, a total of eight times; they have made a number of television appearances, including in the BBC’s “Blue Peter”; they have played at the Alhambra Palace in Spain, the Kodaly Music Institute in Hungary and at Winfield House, London, on the invitation of the American Ambassador. In addition, over the last twelve years, they have played to the Prime Minister at
Chequers no less than ten times. Individual accolades are a regular occurrence, and over the last two years many children have been awarded music scholarships to public schools, including Downe House, Merchant Taylors, Oundle, The Oratory, Marlborough College, Headington etc.
My students are regular members of tThe National Children's Orchestra and many ex-students have gone on to study violin at University or Music College. One is embarking on a career as a soloist after attending the Menuhin School and five are currently members of the National Youth Orchestra.
Children can start learning from the age of five, or a little earlier if the child is able to focus and can stand still and concentrate for an individual lesson. Parents often claim that their child desperately wants to play the violin and is very "musical". However, "musicality" can be learned by every child, and small children can't fully grasp the concept and implications of being able to play such a beautiful instrument in later life. What really matters is that parents are motivated enough to work with their children and give the opportunity. Lessons always involve the parent who is working with the child, showing how to practise together at home.
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