Location: Frome / Westbury/Market Lavington
Associate Provider
Music Theory
Teaching Models:
One to One teaching
Small / medium Group Tuition
Large group / ensemble tuition
Performance opportunities
Online tuition
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Fern Joyce


I started my career as a classroom teacher but changed to teaching the violin in 2006, when I began working for both the Wiltshire and Somerset Music Services. I have entered pupils for the all the ABRSM exams up to grade 8. I run several string /mixed ensemble groups and like to encourage pupils of all abilities to perform whenever possible. Qualifications include a BA Honours degree, PGCE and Diploma ABRSM (distinction). I am currently the deputy leader of Trowbridge Symphony Orchestra and enjoy playing jazz, folk and classical music with my string quartet. I also have grade 8 on the piano.

What I / we help young people achieve

Young people enjoy playing the violin because it is both fun and challenging. Working as part of an ensemble, young musicians learn social skills (team work/commitment/reliability) as well as developing their musical skills. Music is a way of switching off from academic pressures and relaxing, but it can also be a discipline in its own right in which hard work is rewarded with the pleasure of achievement. Many of my students have been members of orchestras or chamber groups and a former student of mine gained a first class honours degree studying the violin at Leeds University.

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


  • Term Time
  • After School

Working with special needs

No specific specialism but I have taught several children with special needs ranging from dyslexia to autism and also hearing-impaired children.

Taught Instruments

  • Strings
  • Music Theory

Ages Taught

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

Level Taught

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Tasters

Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught

  • Instrument grades

Musical Clusters Covered

  • Devizes
  • Warminster
  • Westbury


Comments from pupils:

Ruby (Bratton School) – Playing the violin is like doing finger gymnastics. It’s complicated, but gets easier with practice. When I’ve been trying for a long time and then I can finally do it, it makes me feel really happy!

Oliver (Selwood School) – Playing the violin refreshes you when you’re worried.

Tracy (Westbury leigh) – I love the sound the violin makes and how it can express how you’re feeling.

Enya (Westbury leigh) – Violin is my life. I wish I could practise every second of every day but I can’t.

Rhiannon (Westbury Leigh) – When we do concerts, people clap and that makes me smile.

James (Westbury Leigh) – We had a stressful literacy test and violin helped me to relax afterwards.

Nick (Bratton) – Music is never boring – it’s interesting and difficult! It’s also inspiring.

Erin (Dilton Marsh) – Before I started playing, I loved the sound of the violin. I couldn’t believe it when I found out I had the opportunity to learn!

Mia (Dilton Marsh) – I love the tunes and learning how to play them. I love listening to ME actually playing them!

Tia (Bitham Brook) – I feel proud when I’ve achieved a difficult piece.

Be Be Su (Bitham Brook) – Playing the violin is fun and when I play I feel happy.

Elliette (Bratton)- I like learning new pieces. It’s confusing to begin with but then it becomes fun as you crack the code.

Sophie (Westbury Leigh) – I love the music that I play.

Luca (Westbury Leigh) – Quavers are my favourite type of notes because they make me feel hungry!

My Training & Development

Advanced skills and repertoire – violin lessons with Lorna Osbon -LRAM, FISM

Deputy Leader for Trowbridge Symphony Orchestra

Player and occasional orchestral leader for Trowbridge Philharmonic

Regular member of string quartet

September 2015 – Safeguarding training with Frome Community College

Wiltshire Hub – Upper Strings – Sharing ideas and resources (October 2015)

European String Teachers Association – Folk and Rock String Workshop with Chris Haigh (March 2016)

Residential week (Lake District) – exploring advanced repertoire through ensemble playing (quartets /trios /duets). April 2016

1st September 2016 – Safeguarding training with Frome Community College

2nd September 2016 – ‘Prevent’ training with Frome Community College

6th February 2017 – Safeguarding training with Matravers School, Westbury

7th – 10th February 2017 – Played violin for Matravers’ production of ‘Oliver’

26th February 2017 – Adult Baroque workshop at WRMS with Alison Townley

December 2017 – Played violin for Matravers’ production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

October 2018 – Residential week (Cornwall) – exploring advanced repertoire through ensemble playing (quartets /trios /duets)

January 2020 – Played violin for Matravers’ production of ‘Sister Act’


Previously Worked With

Somerset Music Service; Wiltshire Music Service