TEACHING

Viola, Violin, Music Theory, GCSE, and A-level music tuition

available via Zoom/Skype

I have been teaching in some form for over 26 years, and am really passionate about it! Over this time I've gathered many ways to help you realise your musical learning goals - whether you're just starting out; want help with exam, or audition preparation; managing performance anxiety; are learning for enjoyment or stress relief; wish to improve a certain aspect of your technique; or just want to understand the workings of music better...

I'm keen to give you technical tools so you can be more expressive in your playing, without tension; and also to encourage you to look deeper into the music to see what potential is there. In particular, I enjoy problem solving more advanced students' technical problems; giving beginners a good posture/ set up; and facilitating freedom whilst playing and making music.

Over the years I've studied with many teachers, in four different countries - and have learned much from all: the good, the bad and the ugly!... not just about music and how to play, but also how to teach. I keep learning, and other facets of my life influence my teaching: my teacher training and work as a kayak/canoe coach (Level 1) is surprisingly useful, and I'm currently encountering some great teaching and concepts as I learn and practice yoga and Qigong.

Instrumental teaching:​

  • Over 20 yrs private teaching (own studio)

  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Preparatory Division - Viola

  • Cokethorpe School, Witney, Oxfordshire - Violin

  • Thame Music Academy - Violin

  • Oxfordshire Music Service - Violin, Viola, Cello

  • Gloucestershire Music Service - adult education, outreach

  • Barking and Dagenham Music Service - Violin

  • Community Music Center, San Francisco - Violin, Viola

  • Vibo Music Center, San Francisco - Violin, Viola

  • San Francisco Conservatory Outreach: Substitute - Violin, Cello

Orchestral and chamber music coaching:

  • English Chamber Orchestra / Ealing Youth Orchestra - Violas

  • English Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra - Violas

  • Royal Opera House / Southbank Sinfonia, - Side by Side

  • Orchestra of St. John's / Afghan Women's Orchestra 'Zohra' - Violas

  • Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra - Violas

  • Oxfordshire County Music - Academy - Chamber coach

  • Urban High School, San Francisco - Chamber music coach

  • Cheltenham Area Youth Orchestra - Violas

  • Beauchamp House, Glos - Chamber music coach

  • Gloucestershire Music Service - Orchestral and chamber coach

Academic etc.:​

  • Carfax Tutorial Establishment - GCSE, A-level, music consultant

  • Victoria College of Music - Viola syllabus advisor

  • Adjudicator - Felsted School music competition

  • Lotus Tutors, Oxford

  • Gloucestershire Music Service: Theory tuition

  • Cantores Exoniensis - Conductor

  • National Children's Orchestra - Welfare Staff

- 100% pass rate for ABRSM exams
- DBS checked.
- NSPCC Child Protection Awareness training. 
- Oxfordshire County Council Safeguarding training.

- Beginner to Advanced

- Audition preparation
- ABRSM, Trinity exam boards
- Orchestral and Chamber coaching

For more info, please visit my profile on musicteachers.co.uk

For younger students:

...this is Dino, my teaching assistant,

grazing on bow bugs. 

For older students:

For everyone!:

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