Having graduated from Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD) with a First Class (Hons) degree in Percussion and Timpani, and with my Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) piano diploma, I am highly qualified to teach a range of instruments.
I have over a decade of teaching experience, both individually and leading whole-class and First Access programmes. I teach all ages from Early Years (aged 4 and above) through to adults.
I can provide individual lessons in piano, drums, orchestral percussion and tuned percussion, specialising in 4-mallet marimba.
My group lessons include Samba drumming and West African djembe drumming. This can be adapted for classroom percussion instruments where needed too.
As an examiner for ABRSM, I have extensive knowledge of the examination process, for those wishing to take music exams.
I have taught many beginners the foundations of musical learning, as well as gifted young musicians at Junior Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Recently I have given masterclasses in marimba solo repertoire to undergraduate and postgraduate students at GSMD too.
What I / we help young people achieve
Teaching, performing and listening to music are the things I love to do and I want that to come across through my teaching. I hope to inspire my students to become confident musicians and to encourage them to explore different strands of music making to become the best that they can be.
My examining experience allows me to structure lessons towards achieving success in music exams at the appropriate time, and for those learners who prefer not to take exams, I have an extensive knowledge of suitable percussion and piano solo repertoire. I want lessons to be an enjoyable and relaxed environment, yet with clear set goals each week, progression is achievable through regular practise.
Samba and African Drumming workshops are a great way to encourage group work and musicality. I have seen students grow in confidence through taking solos and performing to their school in concerts and assemblies. This can be through one-off workshops, or as a weekly programme.
I teach piano students as young as 5 years old, and have experience working with Blackbird Music using samba drumming and initial skills to children as young as 4 in small groups.
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
- To work with and support other young musicians
- To develop their wellbeing
Also Works With
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)
Colin Currie Group
Ensemblebash percussion quartet
- Term Time
- After School
- School Holidays
- Project based
- Drop in
- Drums / percussion
- Piano / Keyboard
- 4 and under
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
- Arts Award
Musical Clusters Covered
- B-on-A / Corsham
- Calne & Melksham
- Trowbridge (CSL)
- Marlborough & Pewsey
- Malmesbury / WB / Purton
- Mere & Tisbury
“Catherine was very friendly and capable. She fully engaged all the young people and their evaluations of the project were very positive” – Carers Bromley, 2014
My Training & Development
I love to learn so have been taking drumkit lessons again to enhance my technique and teaching practises.
Through ABRSM I receive regular training and information at meetings and conferences.
I regularly meet with colleagues and discuss teaching methods to broaden my knowledge and approach to teaching.