I have been interested in and surrounded by music all my life. My mum and dad used to sing me nursery rhymes and mum also played the piano. We always listened to records and the radio. My big brother loved listening to his heavy metal favourites and my sister played the clarinet. I began learning the recorder in primary school and went on to take piano lessons. In secondary school I took up the French Horn and had singing lessons.
I went on to study music at South Downs College in Hampshire and achieved a 2:1 degree in music (BA Hons) from the University of Exeter. I followed this with a PGCE in Primary Music.
I am now a primary school teacher and a private one-to-one/small group music tutor teaching a range of instruments and voice to adults and children. I am based in Ilfracombe in North Devon UK. I usually offer face-to-face lessons in my home in Ilfracombe or in pupil’s homes in North Devon.
In the light of the current global pandemic I have transitioned to offer online lessons via ‘Zoom’ or other platforms. I now teach students all over the UK and even have two international students – one in the USA and one in Tanzania! I am definitely going to keep the online lessons as an option for students moving forwards.
I currently have lesson slots available so get in touch to find out more if you are interested.
I believe that everyone can sing in their own way and I aim to help people to find and discover their unique voice. So many people have had their confidence knocked from their school days when they were told that they were not good enough/talented enough to join the school choir or musical group. I know how experiences like that can rock your self-esteem. When I was a pupil in Primary school I had an audition to learn to play the guitar but I was rejected because I couldn’t hold the instrument correctly straight away! This did knock my confidence and made me feel sad.
As you read on my previous page though I didn’t let that negative experience stop me and I went on to excel in many instruments in childhood and I went on to succeed in more in my adult years – including the guitar that I finally took up in my teacher training year!
I now help children and adults to develop their self-esteem and confidence through taking music lessons with me. Students can learn for fun, prepare for music examinations or a mixture of both. My students gain the confidence to perform in front of others, take exams or just to stand taller and speak up for themselves. Music can bring so much enjoyment and fulfillment to our lives.
If you have got negative memories of music in your school days then I want to help you replace those with new fun and joyous experiences that will give you an amazing sense of achievement.
Music is a multi faceted discipline. There are many skills involved in learning music and taking part in musical activities. Music also relates to, and enhances so many other areas of our learning and life. I will be sharing more about this soon.