I believe that music is magical.
A lot has been written about the importance of music education, and it's true – learning music is good for you. It's good for the brain, for the reflexes, for analytical and critical thinking, emotional expression, language development, cultural awareness, social interaction and stress management. But more than this, music forms the backdrop to our lives, uniting people, creating lasting memories, sparking the imagination and encouraging creativity. A source of comfort and joy, music has the power to lift our spirits, motivate and inspire us, providing both an escape from our everyday lives and a safe place to make mistakes and to take risks. It really is a universal language that we're all born with and that lasts a lifetime. And to top it all, making music is really rather fun.
And if that's not magical, then I don't know what is.
Children know all this automatically, of course. But somewhere along the line this understanding can get lost. We're told that we can't sing, we're 'tone deaf' or have no rhythm. That music is something for the lucky few, the privileged.
Perhaps we become fearful, embarrassed or unwilling to put ourselves out there, to take a risk. Or maybe we're forced to learn an instrument and get so bogged down with technique that we forget what it's really all about. Either way, all at once, a whole life of wonderful music-making is closed off to us.
As a music teacher, it's my aim to avoid or reverse this, and instead to motivate, inspire and foster a life-long love of music in all students, from the beginner to the most advanced.
My lessons aim to provide:
A safe, welcoming environment
Inspiration and motivation
Opportunities for listening, discussion, composing and improvising
An environment of high expectation and teacher support
Opportunities for creative risk-taking and independence
Exam and festival entry
Varied, high-quality repertoire (classical, jazz, rock and pop)
Tips and tricks
I have been fortunate enough to give clarinet, saxophone and theory lessons to adults and children for almost 25 years now. A fully qualified primary school teacher and ex-deputy headteacher, I'm DBS/CRB-checked, and as well as teaching individuals and chamber groups, have conducted and led various choirs, orchestras and instrumental ensembles.
I'm a member of the Musicians' Union and have public liability insurance.
Teaching both from my home studio (face-to-face and online) and providing mobile lessons in schools and in pupils’ homes, my students have a 100% ABRSM and Trinity exam pass rate (almost all with merit or distinction), and have been successful in festivals, competitions, workshops and recitals across the south of England.
Get in Touch
If you're interested in clarinet, saxophone or theory lessons, please don't hesitate to get in touch by email or phone.