A member of the European String Teachers' Association, I invest in my own professional development and regularly attend seminars and courses. I also play various other instruments on a casual basis.
Alongside my teaching career I am a published strings composer and arranger. Several
pieces from my first series Red Hot Violin have been selected by exam boards including
Trinity College London, and my collaboration with violinist Tasmin Little, OBE has
been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
My latest collection Microjazz Expansions for Violin was released in 2018, published by Boosey & Hawkes. Other recent commissions have included student string quartet series 4 Strings, which was short-listed by the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.
Details and links to all my books are available on the Publications page.
I come from a family of classical musicians and teachers, and have studied the violin since the age of six. Awarded a scholarship in music and fine art by Bancroft's School, I went on to complete a violin performance diploma in 1999. I have been teaching the violin full-time since 2002, when I established my own private practice alongside my school teaching. I received my Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in violin teaching in 2004, studying with Professor Jean Harvey and composer Jonathan Rathbone.
I aim to provide a comprehensive music education within a creative and inspiring environment. I have experience in teaching children with a wide variety of needs, and I welcome adult learners. I use a diverse range of resources and a flexible approach to develop the musical ability that (really does!) exist in everyone, and work to the principle that music should – and can - be accessible and enjoyable at any level.
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