When I was 4 years old, whilst on a shopping trip with my parents, I discovered an electric keyboard on display in a department store. Whilst my parents were looking at items on the next shelf, I entertained myself by pressing all the keys. It took all their efforts to drag me away, after which they surprised me for my birthday by giving me a keyboard. The rest, as they say, is history. I began taking Piano lessons at school when I was 5 and was introduced to the cello when I was 7. My love of Music has only gained in strength and I don’t ever remember a time when it wasn’t a huge part of my life. After getting my GCSE in Music I gained a place at Cricklade College in Andover on their Pre-professional Music course studying for A-levels in Practical Music, Theoretical Music and Psychology. This was a turning point for me as over the 2 year course I was immersed in a wide variety of Music training including performance, improvisation and sight singing. The first class tuition I received whilst there strengthened my love of Music and led me to study for my Bachelor of Music at the University of Surrey at Roehampton, London.
After graduating I worked at The Orpheus Centre, at performing arts centre for young adults with physical disabilities, and then after relocating to Torquay, I embarked on my PGCE, specialising in Music and Drama. I taught for 10 years at a secondary school in Plymouth where I delivered Music to children between the ages of 11 and 18 years. It was there where I gained experience in teaching GCSE Music.
I have taught private lessons in Cello, Piano and Music theory for the past 9 years and enjoy every second. No two lessons are the same and I love watching all of my students develop. Nothing beats the feeling I get when a student screams down the phone at me after I tell them they have gained a distinction in their exam. Or when a younger student arrives excitedly and asks if they can play me the song they have composed and notated. Or when an adult arrives for their first lesson insisting they have no sense of rhythm at all and are tone deaf, which I am eager to remind them of with a smile when I hand them their grade 5 certificate. These moments are priceless, and the very reason I love what I do.
I also teach pre-school music classes for children aged 3 months to 4 years in Torbay and South Devon with Monkey Music Torbay. Monkey Music is an award winning progressive and educational four stage curricula designed to nurture a lifetime of music: from rock ‘n’ roll to ding-dong, classes are a ‘good fit’ for each separate age group. To find out more about Monkey Music please click the logo below
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