Violin lessons are based on the Colourstrings violin method, with supplementary materials and repertoire. The Colourstrings method encourages freedom and ease of movement and familiarity in using the full length of the fingerboard and full bows from the beginning. This is combined with developing a light touch in the fingers of the left hand and accuracy of intonation, introduced through early use of harmonic notes. Singing in relative solfa helps develop the inner hearing, facilitates memory and playing by ear, with accurate intonation and accessing a deeper level of musicality. Simplified notation is introduced from the beginning which gradually evolves into full stave notation. Colourstrings is a technically thorough and progressive method that can take beginners to a highly accomplished level of playing.
Piano lessons are influenced by Kodály, developing the inner hearing by singing, using relative solfa, Colourkeys and Nikhil Dally's "Teaching musicianship at the piano" teacher training. Through one-to-one lessons and home practice, I encourage students to develop an understanding of and proficiency in transposition (playing in different keys), adding harmonies to tunes, learning and playing from ear, as well as learning to read and play from musical notation with accuracy, and all of the above while developing a good sense of rhythm, pulse and musicality.
I use Alexander Technique to help develop an awareness of overall use and balance while learning to play violin and piano. The Alexander Technique can help students learn to play their instrument with greater physical ease and enjoyment.
Violin and piano lessons are usually 30, 45 or 60 minutes long, given on a weekly basis.
Fees: £22/30 minutes, £33/45 minutes, £44/60 minutes
Cancellations: I ask for a minimum of 24 hours notice if cancelling a lesson or the lesson fee is forfeited.