I teach Clarinet, Piano and Singing privately at my home in Cheltenham on a Yamaha grand piano. I take pupils of all ages (so far ranging from 6 years old to 45) and from beginner level to grade 8.
I am keen to inspire my pupils and like to use a large variety of teaching methods. I believe in reading music and incorporating theory and aural skills right from the start, while providing the opportunity for some free improvisation. I am open to a wide variety of genres despite being very classically trained, enjoying Ragtime, 20th Century, Jazz and popular music. I believe the structure of the exam system aids progress and prefer Associated Board, but by no means make examinations a requirement, as the enjoyment and confidence of a pupil studying an instrument or voice takes priority.
I have benefited from excellent teaching myself (see below) and have taken the best techniques from a range of professors in developing my own approach. I believe it is important to teach good technique from the outset, whilst adapting the lesson to suit each pupil. I aim to enthuse and provide an enjoyable experience while also striving to encourage each pupil to achieve their full potential.
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- PGCE with QTS (with a first) from Buckingham University.
- BMus (Bachelor of Music) degree with a high 2-1 from the University of Wales (Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama).
- Performance Certificate with Trinity on the clarinet.
- Grade 8 music exams (ABRSM) passed with distinction in Clarinet, Piano and Singing.
- 1st clarinet for the National Schools Symphony Orchestra, playing Elgar’s Variations under Mark Shanahan.
- I won the Keith Nutland Memorial Award and the chance to perform in Cheltenham’s Music Festival. It was open to musicians going on to study at Conservatoire within Gloucestershire.