I have 22 years flute/music teaching experience having entered many pupils of varying ages and abilities for Associated Board examinations, with a very high rate of merit/distinction passes. I accompany all of my students during examinations / concerts.
I graduated from Lancaster University with a Bachelor of Music honours degree in 1994, after specialising in flute under Rachel Holt (RNCM tutor and a former student of Trevor Wye). I was awarded a Diploma in flute performance (distinction) from the Independent Contemporary Music Awards (1995). I completed a Steinberg Diploma in Music Construction & Production at Manchester Midi School (2005), and have also received the "Derek Henderson Stockton on-Tees Memorial prize" from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for gaining the highest distinction marks for Grade 6 (1990) and again for Grade 8 (1991) Flute exams in the County of Cleveland.
I have taught and performed both in the UK and USA and created/directed flute choirs and ensembles. I currently teach music privately (flute, music theory, piano) as well as in schools on a freelance basis.
I have been head of music at Fairholme Preparatory School (Denbighshire), teaching general class music lessons, directing the school choir (years 2-6), teaching woodwind, and beginner/advanced recorder consorts. Since working there, I developed what was once a descant recorder group into these two groups...gradually, over three years I incorporated six other harmony recorder instruments into the advanced consort and established a windband with my private instrumental students. For both groups I arranged/composed the music for school productions, and arranged many additional harmony parts for the school choir. Music was also composed by the students themselves in lessons (based on improvisations) which was subsequently performed in school productions/concerts. I also currently teach on a freelance basis for several primary and secondary schools (individual instrumental tuition and class music/directing ensembles/choirs), and have done for many years.
Other projects and news:
March 2008/9/10: Won Under 15's Group Category "Musical Theatre Young Singers" with Stagecoach Denbigh. I chose the piece/songs,arranged & created new harmony parts, mixed and edited the backing tracks for each year and taught the singing to the children.
June 2009: Given an "outstanding" for my work as singing teacher in a Stagecoach inspection.
November 2005: I was awarded a Grade 1 mark from ESTYN (Welsh equivalent of Ofsted) for my work as music teacher at Fairholme Preparatory School. I was observed teaching Year 3 and 4 class music, beginner recorder group, advanced consort and directing the whole school in our choir rehearsal.
The school was awarded Grade 1's in all core subjects, an overall Grade of 1, and is the only school to have been awarded this highest grade.