I have always been a keen pianist, and am passionate about teaching others in the way that works best for them.
I studied music as part of an honours degree at Durham University where I specialised in child development, in particular learning from the perspective of the student, something that still helps me tailor lessons to the needs of each student.
Following a career in publishing, I retrained as a piano teacher working from 2014 in British curriculum schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. I returned to the UK in March 2018 and am now working at St Mary’s School Marlborough, St John’s School Marlborough, Ogbourne St George School, Swindon Music Cooperative and Matrix Music Centre.
I enjoy teaching all ages (it is never too late to learn!) and working with both students who want to learn for pleasure as well as those who are working for exams. I have successfully prepared students of all ages for ABRSM and Trinity practical exams up to Grade 8 and ABRSM theory exams up to Grade 5.
I have an ABRSM piano teaching diploma and ABRSM Grade 8 (distinction) in both piano and flute.
What I / we help young people achieve
Playing music has always been a source of huge pleasure to me, and I hope that I can communicate my passion to my students whether they want to learn classical, pop and rock or anything else! Whether or not a student wants to learn for exams or pleasure, it's a fantastic way of improving motor skills and concentration, as well as self confidence; it's always wonderful to see a student 'get' something that they thought they would never be able to achieve. Music also offers the chance to play in groups, especially if you are learning an orchestral/group play instrument.
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
St Mary’s School Marlborough, St John’s School Marlborough, Swindon Music Co-operative, Hogan Academy Newbury and Matrix Arts Centre Sutton Courtenay.
- Term Time
- After School
- School Holidays
- Project based
- Piano / Keyboard
- Music Theory
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
Musical Clusters Covered
- Calne & Melksham
- Marlborough & Pewsey
My Training & Development
I have recently undertaken Child Protection Training and I am committing to undertake CPD training through Wiltshire Music Connect and/or other providers within the next 12 months.