Location: Salisbury, Warminster
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Early Years Associate
Piano / Keyboard
Curriculum Music (Primary)
Music Theory
Teaching Models:
One to One teaching
Small / medium Group Tuition
Whole Class tuition (Primary)
Large group / ensemble tuition
Remote / distance tuition
Informal workshops
Performance opportunities
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Emily Askew


I have always been passionate about music, sharing my experience and knowledge with others. With a vast array of experience teaching and performing, I am a multi-instrumentalist playing piano, recorder/whistle, violin/folk fiddle, bagpipes, shawm and vielle. 
I studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where I graduated with a first class BMus Honours degree as well as receiving a concert recital diploma. 
Over the last ten years  I have gained teaching experience in schools and music centres, as well as in private tuition. I teach instrumental, curriculum and general musicianship lessons from age 4 to adult and cover all abilities as well as training students for exams. I am also a specialist early years music teacher and I have been trained by the organisation Boppin Bunnies. Over the years I have worked for a number of music services and schools, as well as for the Centre for Young Musicians and the English Folk Song and Dance Society.
Folk Music has always been a big part of my life and I have started many folk ensembles in schools and music services as well as currently leading the London Youth Folk Ensemble. I often teach folk music aurally as I think it’s beneficial to develop the skills to learn by ear as well reading written music. This can really help students’ listening skills and musicality when playing in any genre. 
I have led music workshops for both children and adults in many schools, music centres, festivals and summer schools. These have included Dartington Summer School, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, the Centre for Young Musicians, Folkworks Summer School, Spitalfields Festival, Globe Theatre Education and three years of Brighton Early Music Festival workshops for local schools. I have also taught Principal Study Recorder at the Trinity College of Music.
I am also a professional performer playing with a range of ensembles including The Emily Askew Band, Alma, The Dufay Collective, Joglaresa the A3 Ceilidh Band and the twice BBC Young Folk Award nominated Askew Sisters. I have also played for theatre and opera, which has included positions such as principal recorder for operas at Glyndebourne and as a multi-instrumentalist in productions at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

What I / we help young people achieve

I have a large number of past and present students, who's development and general well being have been improved by regular music lessons and they have mentioned this in testimonials. My music lessons allow student's to be creative as well as improving concentration, communication and working with others. I encourage them to take responsibility and help to make decisions about pieces/genres and what they want to develop in their learning. This improves motivation and has a positive knock on effect with practice. Most importantly, my lessons are a fun positive experience and I tailor them to each student according to what I think will help their development and what they will enjoy. Some students prefer regular goals such as performances and exams (most of my students achieve distinction/merit), and others prefer not to share their music with audiences, and have different aims such as learning a particular piece etc. What is most important is that students are having a positive musical experience with a sense of achievement.

Opportunities for children & young people

  • To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
  • To learn to sing
  • To create / write music and / or lyrics
  • 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

Salisbury Area Music Co-operative

English Folk Song and Dance Society


  • Term Time
  • After School
  • Weekends
  • School Holidays
  • Project based
  • Seasonal
  • Drop in

Taught Instruments

  • Woodwind
  • Strings
  • Piano / Keyboard
  • Curriculum Music (Primary)
  • Music Theory

Ages Taught

  • 4 and under
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16+

Level Taught

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Tasters

Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught

  • Instrument grades

Musical Clusters Covered

  • Salisbury / Wilton
  • Amesbury
  • Warminster
  • Westbury
  • Mere & Tisbury


Teaching a 4 year old can be difficult, but Emily is very engaging and manages to ensure that our daughter stays focused for the full 30 minute lesson.

The teaching resources she uses are geared to youngsters and Emily makes sure that our daughter revisits what she learned the previous week and then moves on to a new task.

Overall we are very happy and our daughter has already taken a real shine to Emily. Highly recommended
– CP in Balham


Emily teaches the recorder to my 10 year old son and my 8 year old daughter. She took them on as beginners and having guided through Grades 1 and 2 in less than 2 years, is now preparing them for Grade 3. She is an excellent teacher: kind and very enthusiastic which my children have found infectious. She is always punctual, polite and very flexible in arranging lessons and accompanists for exams. I cannot recommend her highly enough
– Annabelle More O’Ferrall

“At the age of 74yrs I decided to try and learn to read music and play the piano;
a long held ambition! I have been very fortunate to find Emily (Askew) to teach me. She is a very gifted musician, with a lovely sparkly personality, which makes every lesson a real pleasure.Her patience, enthusiasm and never ending encouragement means that I look forward to every lesson. It`s great fun!”


My Training & Development

I’ve taken part in training/CPD sessions through the music services I have worked with. I have also been trained in Early Years teaching by Boppin Bunnies. This year I attended CPD training for the National Youth Folk Ensemble tutor team.

Previously Worked With

Trinity College of Music, Lambeth, Wandsworth and Camden Music Services, Westbury House, Hereward House, Parkgate House and Our Lady Queen of Heaven Schools. Boppin Bunnies