I teach the flute, recorder, fife, and music theory to a variety of students, ranging in age from 5 years to 75! Students learn for a variety of reasons; some purely for enjoyment, others to also pass graded examinations. For those who would like to study for exams, I use both the Associated Board and Trinity syllabi.
My younger students often start with either descant recorder or the fife, whilst their hands are too small for a full-size flute. Many will progress onto flute lessons afterwards, but learning these instruments provides a good all-round knowledge of music that can be applied to any instrument, and particularly wind instruments.
Lessons always include ensemble work, along with a focus on developing aural and sight reading skills continuously – not just in order to pass exams.
I also teach music theory throughout lessons, helping students who wish to sit the ABRSM Grade V music theory exam. I have other students, however, who visit solely for music theory lessons – please just contact me if you would like to discuss this option.
I also have taught a number of adult learners. Their motivation for taking lessons is varied – some played whilst younger and find they want to return to the instrument. Others have no previous musical experience whatsoever, but have always wanted to play. In either case, I am mindful of the needs of adult learners, and work with students to devise a plan of work that is guided by their musical tastes and aims.
I have 13 years’ experience teaching for the following organisations:
- Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Junior Conservatoire – Tutor of flute and descant recorder. Also chamber music coaching, and music theory tutor
- Over 13 years’ experience of tutoring privately
- Gwent Music Support Service – Peripatetic Woodwind Tutor
- Cardiff and the Vale Music Service – Peripatetic Woodwind Tutor