I am a violin/viola player living and teaching in Bath and Wiltshire. I have a BA Hons and PG Diploma from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now RCS) and MMus in viola performance from the Guildlhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating I joined Southbank Sinfonia and then went on to freelance in and around the London area as an orchestral and chamber player.
Prior to moving to Bath, I worked for Kingston Music Service, where I gave mainly one-to-one and some joint lessons in primary and secondary schools and where my teaching was assessed regularly. I was also the violin and viola teacher at Shrewsbury House Preparatory School in Surbiton, for whom I also taught two small string ensembles. I have experience in teaching a wide range of pupils, aged 5 – 70, many of them taking exams, which has helped me develop and adapt my teaching approach and recognise my pupils’ different learning styles.
I maintain a high standard in my own playing and continue to perform regularly in orchestras and string quartets, most recently as co-principal viola in Bath Symphony Orchestra and principal viola in Bath Concertino.
Member of Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).
What I / we help young people achieve
It is my belief that playing a musical instrument enriches the lives of children in many ways. Studies have shown that music can enhance brain function in children, helping with the development of maths and language skills, as well as memory, concentration, co-ordination and social skills.
Whether or not a pupil takes music exams, my aim is for a child to enjoy playing, discover a love for music and gain a sense of personal achievement. I support pupils in how they practise to enable them to make steady progress and gain confidence in their ability. I also believe that one of the wonderful things about playing a musical instrument is being able to make music with other people and I encourage pupils to take advantage of opportunities to play in an ensemble.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- To play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- Term Time
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
Musical Clusters Covered
- B-on-A / Corsham
- Trowbridge (CSL)
My Training & Development
- Future Learn/ ABRSM Becoming a Better Music Teacher course 2019
- Child protection online training 2019 through Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board
- BA Hons and performance diploma from RSAMD, MMus from GSMD
- Regular performance in ensembles to maintain a high standard of playing