If you are new to online learning, it is natural to wonder how it will work and what to expect. I provide detailed instructions for setting up at home, illustrated guide sheets for optimising Zoom, and links to a variety of learning resources. I also offer a free (scheduled) tech test ahead of your consultation to assist with any connection issues.
Online lessons are of course different to face-to-face, with the latency of any video connection making playing together technically impossible. However there are many ways to teach and learn music, and my students have continued to engage, research, compose, listen and improvise as well as working from sheet music. In addition to this, they have become more confident and independent, tuning their violins, changing their strings and taking more responsibility for their learning. Progress has remained consistent and feedback has been excellent. Click here to read what my students have to say about our switch to online learning.
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Lessons, whether online or face-to-face, are held weekly (see FAQs). Whether you are a beginner, advanced or returning to lessons after a break, you can expect professional one-to-one instruction in a fully-customised and well-resourced learning environment.
Don’t worry if you have never played an instrument before, or if you feel you don’t understand the history or theory of music. These are all things you will pick up as we go along, and you may even be reading music within a couple of weeks.
We will work across a range of styles (I play several instruments), and combine this with aural awareness, literacy, coordination skills and musicianship to broaden both your repertoire and your versatility as a player.
I am happy to prepare students for violin exams as and when they are ready, and have a 100% success rate. I can also help performance and composition candidates at GCSE and A Level, and oversee preparation for concerts, auditions and skills awards such as Duke of Edinburgh.
If you are interested in ensemble playing I can advise you as to when would be a good time for you, and how you can find a suitable one. My students have joined EMYSO, NYO, Benslow, Stringwise, Strictly Strings, local orchestras, folk clubs, string quartets, pop groups and church bands.
As a member of the European String Teachers’ Association I have both Public Liability Insurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance. I have also completed approved WHO courses in Infection Prevention and Control, Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection and Hand Hygiene.
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