I love teaching, and would define a large part of my personality as being a teacher. There is nothing more rewarding, and challenging, as being involved on a day-to-day basis in someone's instrumental progress, and I can't believe I get to do it as a job!
I firmly believe that anyone can learn an instrument, and I combine my instrumental lessons with musicianship, singing, games (for the younger ones, unless you're keen for some!) and theory, whilst also teaching through a mixture of sheet music and by ear. This keeps lessons varied and combines aspects of music learning into a coherent whole.
For younger pupils I suggest that parents might like to sit in - I do take notes, but if someone is present in the lesson then they will feel more knowledgeable when asking their child to practice.
I create practice schedules for my pupils based upon their age, stage, and life outside of the lessons and discuss/teach directed practise techniques for focussed work and best results.
From my experiences, and courses I have studied I have access to many different pedagogies - styles of teaching and resources. This allows me to dip in and out, using varied techniques and finding something that works with the individual pupil.
The pupil - teacher relationship is very important, so I suggest booking in for a first trial lesson to see how you/your child gets on with my style before committing to a larger/more regular sessions.
Most of all, music learning should be a fun experience. Yes, it can be challenging, and a little frustrating, but ultimately I aim to make my lessons enjoyable and engaging as a priority.
BMus(Trad) with Honours of the 1st Class - 2018 (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
Diploma in higher Education (Music Education), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 2016
Fully PVG checked
Grade 8 - Violin, Lever Harp, Piano
AMusTCL (Associate level Trinity Diploma in Music Theory)
I have 8 years of experience in teaching violin, piano, classical and traditional harp, in group and single settings, as part of organisations and as a private tutor.
I am familiar with the three major exam syllabuses - Trinity, ABRSM, and RCS Traditional Exams.
I try to offer a lot of opportunities for my pupils - from taking part in music festivals, to local and National Mods. I like to organise mini 'concerts' where my pupils can play to each other in a supportive, yet slightly formal atmosphere.
As part of Harp Bazaar I organise residentials, tours, group workshops and trips for my pupils.
Everything is optional, and part of a rich musical experience that I hope my pupils gets to enjoy!