I aim to provide a comprehensive music education within a comfortable and inspiring environment. I welcome adult learners, including beginners, and have taught children with a wide variety of needs. 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.
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 in my free time.
While teaching is my main focus, I enjoy performing professionally and socially and work across a complete range of classical, traditional and popular styles. I have recorded for film and media, written and recorded for pop artists and provided music for private and corporate events. My ensemble work has included orchestral performance (including as a classical soloist), theatre productions, string quartets (functions and recordings) and rock concerts.
I am also 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. More recent commissions have included Microjazz Expansions for Violin,
and student string quartet series 4 Strings, which was short-listed by the 2018 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 began learning the violin at the age of six. Awarded a scholarship in music and fine art by Bancroft's School in Woodford Green, I completed a violin performance diploma in 1999. I established my full-time private teaching practice in 2002, and was awarded the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in violin teaching in 2004, studying with Professor Jean Harvey FRSM and composer Jonathan Rathbone.
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