I am an enthusiastic specialist flute teacher with over 20 years’ experience of teaching in a variety of styles to all ages and levels. I teach recorder and fife as an early stage introduction to the flute. I teach in state and private schools and privately at home. I give individual lessons, have taught whole year group First Access for fife, run an after school Recorder Club and enjoy group coaching and running workshops. I am experienced in ABRSM and Trinity exams (Classical and Jazz) and teach theory and aural as part of each lesson. I accompany on the piano in lessons and for exams. I play bass and alto flutes and piccolo, all of which can be used in lessons and in groups. I also play saxes.
In addition to face to face lessons, I also teach online via a private teaching Skype account.
I hold the ABRSM Advanced Certificate in Flute and have previously taught in the Middle East (Oman), Warwickshire (Warwick Prep School) and locally at Warminster School, St Mary’s School Calne and for the Wiltshire Music Service and West Wiltshire Young Musicians (West Wilts Junior Wind Band). I am an ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) Registered Private Teacher.
What I / we help young people achieve
I believe in making music fun and providing experience of playing in groups and sharing this within the local community. I have over 20 years' experience of playing in a flute quartet and encourage all my pupils to be part of various small groups that I run in schools and at home or larger groups running in the wider community. This builds confidence, boosts learning and motivation and gives a real sense of contributing to something worthwhile. I run workshops for young players to enable them to participate in formal and informal concerts. I have links with the Alzheimer Day Centre in Trowbridge, the day unit of Dorothy House and The Wingfield Care Home. Several of my groups have entertained and engaged with a wide range of people in these locations as well as providing music at school and supporting church events locally.
I have successfully coached pupils for Scholarship and University auditions as well as BTEC, GCSE and A level performances.
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
Regular performer at Westbury Festival and Iford Summer Music Festival with flute, recorder, string and piano ensembles. Conductor and coach for five small flute groups (3-7 members) and larger ad hoc workshops.
- Term Time
- After School
Working with special needs
I have taught several pupils who have documented slow processing speeds and ADHD. I also teach a hearing-impaired pupil and a pupil with autism and have experience of teaching pupils with dyslexia.
- Piano / Keyboard
- Music Theory
- Musical Director / Conductor
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
Musical Clusters Covered
- B-on-A / Corsham
- Calne & Melksham
- Trowbridge (CSL)
What an amazing 8 years! No teacher will ever be as funny, talented, brilliant as my second mum! (Rory Sherman -Pupil leaving to study music at University)
A massive thank you for all you have done for me over the past seven years….thank you for all your encouragement, you really are a wonderful teacher who’s taught me to really enjoy playing this fab instrument. (Ruth Moss – Pupil leaving to go to University)
I’ve come a long with your fantastic teaching and not only did you teach me dynamics and articulation (and to get organised!) but you’ve always been kind, steady and patient. You have really taught me to love music.(Lily Jones – Pupil leaving to study at Cheltenham Ladies College)
I really appreciate our lessons together. I get a great deal of encouragement and always come away feeling rejuvenated! I know most definitely I wouldn’t have progressed without your encouragement and humour – a great mix! Thank you for supporting me through my ‘never-too-late’ flute career and for having faith even through the wobbly bits! (Sheila Bluer – Adult pupil)
Thank you so much for teaching me. I have really enjoyed learning the flute with you and I will miss your organised and thoughtful approach to teaching. (Jonjo Palmer – Pupil changing schools).
Thank you! You’re an amazing teacher who is really patient, friendly and kind. You have helped me through all grades and that’s why I’ve done so well. (Rowena State – Continuing pupil)
Thank you so much! We are so grateful for all your investment in Gabriella over the past 5 years. She has thrived and been inspired under your care and loves playing the flute. Flute group was a fantastic opportunity for her, first playing with older musicians who were further on and later taking a lead role. (Tanya and Peter Watt – Parents of pupil changing schools)
In three years, Celia has brought Rowena from no exam to Grade 5 with Distinction. She is a really good teacher, working closely with her pupils bringing them with her whilst agreeing and setting targets clearly. She motivates and imparts a reassuring manner, helping through difficult pieces of work. Her excellent skills and lovely approach has made a huge difference. Rowena gained so much experience from playing in a flute quartet set up by Celia. We have every confidence in Celia’s professionalism and sensitive way. She has captured a teenager’s interest which is not easy! (Geoff State – Parent)
My Training & Development
I have attended seminars given by Paul Harris on improving teaching skills (Simultaneous Learning, The Virtuoso Teacher) and various webinars organised by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). I have had individual and group coaching (flute quartet) from Atarah Ben-Tovim www.atarah.tv/autobiography/ I am a reflective practitioner and always seek to find new ways of teaching effectively and introducing new styles to my pupils. I regularly read magazines produced by ABRSM (Libretto) and the ISM; I have attended and performed at the Biennial conference of the British Flute Society and exchange ideas and teaching techniques with colleagues.
CPD sessions: Mental Health in the Music Learning Environment; Future Facing and Inclusive Music Conference; Associate Networking and Trowbridge Cluster meetings; Practical Solutions for Music Learning and Dyslexia; First Access Body Percussion (Beat Goes On); Mental Health First Aid Awareness.