I am an enthusiastic, committed and innovative flute teacher, with 23 years experience. I tailor my teaching to each pupil’s needs and preferences, focusing on enjoyment, expression and quality technique. I maintain the interests of my pupils with empathy and an understanding of how to make music relevant and enjoyable to different types of people and ages, working within and beyond the usual classical musical boundaries.
My 23 years experience of flute teaching began at the age of 17, when I started teaching the flute privately to adults and children. I continued this until I left home to go to the University of Surrey. There I studied music and in the second year, I began working for Sutton College of Leaning for Adults, teaching flute to groups of adults. After graduating in 2002, I then began working for Surrey County Arts. I completed my PGCE in 2005. Alongside my flute teaching for Surrey County Arts, I also worked as a secondary music teacher at Hampton Community College, teaching Key Stage 3. I also held a position at Sunbury Manor School where I was GCSE music coordinator. There I provided an intensive course on the GCSE syllabus over two terms fora year eleven class. After completing this intensive course, the pupils achieved eighteen passes A*-E in this short period of time, with four pupils achieving a grade B in just six months of work. I take great pride that several of these pupils then went on to study music in further and higher education. Whilst at Surrey County Arts, I taught as many as 100 pupils a week, establishing strong relationships with all my pupils and their parents. Through different approaches, I regained the interests of many pupils who had lost motivation, helping them to build their personal confidence and express themselves. Other roles whilst working for Surrey County Arts included: teaching whole class music and recorder clubs, tutoring a wind band, taking junior choir rehearsals and teaching Wider Opportunities (teaching whole classes to play the flute).
In 2010 I moved to London and worked for agencies as a teaching assistant and general primary teaching cover, before starting work for Haringey Music Service. In 2012 I moved to south London and since then have been teaching flute privately from my home. I have a 100% pass rate for students I have entered for exams, with 88% achieving merits and distinctions.
My main achievements in my teaching have been in the standards of playing I achieve through careful focus on technique. I work to make all areas of technique accessible to all ages and standards – but also maintain pupils’ interests and enjoyment by choosing music they enjoy and through imaginative approaches to my teaching. For example I have rekindled the interests of teenagers who were losing interest by getting them to improvise to their favourite pop songs! From the beginning, I teach students the correct techniques to facilitate optimal tone production in all dynamics and registers, and how to use their diaphragm to drastically improve breath control. From my experience, I have learned that there are common psychological and physical interactions that often cause lip and throat tension and reduced airflow, thereby making it difficult for students to reach the high notes. To aid with this, I have developed several effective and simple tone exercises and empowering visualisations, and am constantly evolving and developing new approaches together with my students. Above all, it is my pleasure to hear my pupils playing expressively and being able to pass on the gift of music to others. I have been told I am an inspiration to my pupils, but they are also an inspiration to me! I have been lucky to teach people from age ranges 4-75. I work with each pupil to help them achieve the very best they can and get the most enjoyment out of the gift of music.
Alongside my teaching, I have had a wide range of playing experience, ranging from playing in various orchestras to exploring many different musical >