Lessons are taught in a friendly and supportive way and are designed to challenge the individual; building on their current skills, learning new techniques and exploring the extensive repertoire of music written for the instrument, whilst also being enjoyable and stimulating. All students are trained to become "musical detectives": recognising and learning how to correct problems as they arise, which in turn helps with effective practice. Sight reading, scales/technical exercises, aural, theory, improvisation and composing are all regular activities in lessons, to provide a well rounded musical experience. Quite often students can discover a hidden talent or form a new interest through the work done in lessons (for example several students past and present have found a particular talent for composing, and have created pieces for themselves and other musicians). Piano pupils are also offered the chance to learn the wonderful technique of accompanying; joining with one or more instrumentalists to develop their skills.
I cater to all musical tastes, whether they be classical, jazz or Latin American! ABRSM examinations and regional music festivals are also offered to students who are interested (I accompany all of my students in these performances). Lessons are taught on a weekly basis during term time and students may book slots during holiday periods if they wish.
I organise events throughout the year for students to gain valuable performing experience. Past examples include Hodnet Hall & Wollerton Old Hall gardens, national trust events (Erddig, Chirk castle), music festivals (Birkenhead, Oswestry) and evening concerts. I also regularly arrange recording sessions with students, providing professional quality CDs of performances. Wind players may join "Flute Salad" wind ensemble (see the Flute Salad page for more details).
As every student is unique, lessons are planned according to each individual's needs, aims and musical interests as well as catering to individual strengths. In this way consistent progress can be made, and students are more likely to remain highly motivated, becoming confident and successful musicians. Students should have a real desire to learn, to develop their musicianship and show commitment to regular practice and attendance. In return I offer students my full commitment, knowledge, patience, flexibility, passion for music, humour and energy. I consider music to be a skill for life; I am dedicated to helping each individual fulfill their potential as a musician, and hope that music will remain an important part of my pupil's lives forever, no matter what career path they may choose in the future. Making music truly is a life enhancing experience.
Some of the work specialised in:
*Entrance exam preparation for those pupils wishing to apply for music scholarships (I have had many pupils gaining music scholarships at top schools in Shropshire/Cheshire)
*Beginner students and students transferring from school tuition organisations
*Advanced flute students (grade 6+)
*Students with fixed braces or having had braces removed. (I had fixed braces on both top and bottom teeth for 3 years in my early 30's, so I know the problems some students can encounter!)