- I have studied music at The University of Manchester (BMus) and cello performance at The Royal Academy of Music (MA and LRAM – a teaching qualification) and The Royal Northern College of Music (PG Dip SL). Primarily I am a performer; playing with the Halle and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra amongst other professional orchestras.
I am a very passionate teacher and have had the privilege to watch and learn from many respected teachers. I have taught at Junior Trinity String Time Plus, coached for Royal Academy’s Young String Experience and ran sectionals for The Royal Northern College of Music’s Junior Department. I have also taught and coached with Pro Corda on many of their courses, as part of her Leverhulme Fellowship.
I have variety of experience within music education. With Pro Corda, I have run string workshops/composition sessions for children with special education needs and sat as an adjudicator as part of their Chamber Music Festival. In 2013 I worked as a trainee for Wigmore Hall’s Chamber Music Tots, providing workshop for reception and nurseries. During my postgraduate studies, I was involved in multiple projects with Halle Education, Open Academy, English Touring Opera, the Alzheimer’s Society (Singing for the Brain) and Share Music Devon..
I have taught cello, double bass, theory and piano privately for several years and most recently with the Wiltshire Music Service. For the last year, I have been involved with Minety Junior Strings and North Wiltshire Intermediate Strings. I really value this work and cannot recommend it highly enough, as it was the Wiltshire Young Musicians’ ensembles and groups that inspired me to become a musician.
What I / we help young people achieve
Enjoyment and confidence are the most important things for me to promote in all my students. I encourage an enjoyment and love of music, for what they are doing and what they can achieve in short and long term goals. I also look to encourage their self-believe - confidence in themselves as a person and in their own abilities.
Learning an instrument also develops lots of transferable skills. For example, physically playing an instrument develops co-ordination, sharpens concentration and fine-tunes listening skills. Taking time to practice develops perseverance, time management, organisational skills and self-motivation. Involvement in local string groups and orchestras is a great way to learn to be part of a team, develop and gain confidence in social skills, and continue to gain confidence in their own abilities.
I have a flexible approach to my teaching; regarding each individual and their needs. I like to use self-discovery learning to encourage my students to be independent of thought and gain confidence in their own abilities.
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
- School Holidays
Working with special needs
I have taught violin and cello at a Special Educational Needs school. There were a variety of needs and I adapted to each individual student.
I have also ran workshops for Pro Corda on their Special Educational Needs Course and assisted at a series of workshops for Share Music in Devon (for adults).
I volunteer on Falcon Holidays; a holiday camp for 11-14 years for children with additional needs (including Special Educational Needs)
- Piano / Keyboard
- Music Theory
- 4 and under
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades