GLASGOW / CENTRAL BELT

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© 2019 SAM MACADAM

TEACHING

Ethos

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. 

"I highly recommend Sam for music lessons. I have been going for a few months now and have seen a huge improvement in my ability.

She is kind, patient and has a brilliant way of conveying something, especially when it is new.

I often find things I struggle with in my own practice are quickly fixed in my lesson.

She communicates well and will always try and accommodate me around my work and her busy schedule.

She is a popular tutor and it is evident why."

Caroline Brown

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Qualifications

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!

Opportunities

Experience