Location: Bath Website: www.facebook.com/catherinehurleyflute
Associate Provider
Early Years Associate
Music Theory
Teaching Models:
One to One teaching
Small / medium Group Tuition
Online tuition
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Email Mrs Catherine Hurley Phone 07920 015741

Mrs Catherine Hurley


I have 15 years of experience teaching flute, fife, building up my own private practice and working in different educational establishments.  I teach a variety of ages from beginners, intermediate to advanced working with both trinity and abrsm syllabuses. I work as a session musician and with different ensembles in a variety of genres. Recently I have written, recorded and released my debut album Wild and Free.

I studied Flute with Kenneth Bell and then at Bath Spa University with Richard Dobson, achieving a 1st for my final year recital. During this time I became Assistant Co-Director for Wessex Flute Band where I took sectionals for the younger musicians and also conducted the band. I worked for Bath University as their consultant flute tutor,  where a few of my students carried on lessons once they had left the university. I organise and co-ordinate lesson times, negotiate teaching times, spending time planning lessons and preparing students for exams and concerts. Being self-employed I produce invoices for parents and manage my own accounts.

I also teach flute lessons online via zoom.


BA Music Honours 2:1 Bath Spa University
A level Music C Purcell School of Music
9 GCSE’s Sacred Heart High School
Grade 8 flute and Grade 6 Piano Associated Board Royal School of Music

Grade 6 Music Theory with ABRSM

Mental health awareness training with MHFA,

Level 3/4 in Kodaly method with NYCOS,



What I / we help young people achieve

I successfully deliver private flute lessons from beginners to grade 8 and above and music theory teaching up to grade 5. I can arrange ensemble music and duets, and accompany the children in lessons on the piano for beginners. I am CRB checked and have a 100% exam pass rate with many merits and distinctions.

I especially enjoy working with students to find their enjoyment in music that they can carry on in all their musical experiences. Helping them increase their confidence in their own ability. I have had many students from beginner level ups o grade 8 and positive feedback from parents and students.

I am flexible and creative in how I teach using memorising and improvisation, to encourage students to learn and practice, responding to pupil’s individuals needs, and at the same time the learning objectives.

I am a member of the Musicians Union and keep up to date with latest developments from ABRSM and Trinity.

I teach face to face and online via zoom.

Opportunities for children & young people

  • To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
  • To create / write music and / or lyrics
  • To play, perform music with others
  • To work with and support other young musicians
  • To develop their wellbeing

Also Works With

I am the class teacher for the Little Piccolos specialist music classes for under five’s for the Bath area. Little Piccolos are run by musicians using authentic instruments, fun props and a mix of original and traditional songs. The classes are based around the Kodaly method and we run weekly classes and also available for nursery bookings.



  • Term Time
  • Drop in

Working with special needs

Makaton and singing training.

Music and Dyslexia training with the British Dyslexia Association.

Taught Instruments

  • Woodwind
  • 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

  • Chippenham
  • B-on-A / Corsham
  • Calne & Melksham
  • Trowbridge (CSL)


“Excellent teacher! Very friendly and supportive, and her hard work over the years I was with her helped me achieve Grade 8 distinction. When I first started working with her I was about ready to give up the flute but her patience and enthusiasm has transformed me musically! Would recommend Catherine to any young flautist in the BANES area.” – Student

“I enjoy my flute lessons although they do go very quickly! I like learning new pieces and skills. I feel I have improved since being with Catherine” -student

“Thank you so much for all the great lessons and all your help and encouragement” – Student

My Training & Development

I feel its important to regularly look at my own teaching methods and learning, through training and development and newsletters. In the past I have attended workshops and conferences and I regularly read up on new techniques and developments. As examples I share teaching resources and discuss techniques with fellow teachers. Through my compositions I have actively sought criticism to inform the songwriting and recording process. I actively engage with examination boards, i.e. through revising new syllabuses through completing questionnaires to help inform my teaching for the coming year. I am able to visit local schools and nursery’s to play music to them and run informal music lessons.  I have written, recorded and released my own album and have used this to help students with their own creative journeys.

I have recently attended an all day training course for teaching music and dyslexia with the British Dyslexia Association, and have experience of Kodaly through teaching music classes to under five’s.

I have attended and completed a training course for Makaton with singing with Susie- Nowell- Kelley.

Over the last few months I attended webinars on social media, teaching online, and drumming/ body percussion.

I have completed Mental health awareness training and level 3/4 in the Kodaly Method.


Previously Worked With

Bath University, Combe Down Primary School, The Mead Community Primary School.