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M
Marianne
« My 4 year old daughter thinks Amy is great. She is always very punctual. Her teaching method seems to be very thorough and well adapted for a young child. Would recommend. »
£25/h
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Response Time 13h
Lessons offered by Amy
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Violin
Levels
  • All Levels

Amy - Didsbury - Violin

Methodology

I have a BMus 1st Class (Hons) from RNCM and currently work as a freelance violinist in Manchester. I can provide 1:1 tuition for anyone who is looking. I'm experienced, friendly, energetic, and I teach all ages and abilities.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

I teach violin.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

I graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a BMus (Hons) First Class
Before that I passed all ABRSM exams Grades 1-8 and was awarded a distinction in my Grade 5 Theory.

- How much do you charge?

I charge £15 per half hour, £20 per 45 minutes and £25 per hour for violin lessons.

- Where do you teach?

I teach from home in Didsbury/Withington/Burnage. The areas of Manchester nearest me are Didsbury, Withington, Fallowfield, Manchester town centre, Cheadle, Gatley, Hulme, Chorlton and Burnage.

I can also teach online, usually via Skype but I am happy to try other mediums.

- When are you available?

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday. As a freelance musician my schedule varies from week to week so please get in touch - it shouldn't be difficult to find a mutually convenient time.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

All ages and abilities.

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

Any qualifications or goals my students wish to work towards, for instance ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall, entrance to music college or just learning for fun!

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

I normally use Skype, and I email across any necessary materials for my students to print.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

I tailor the way I teach to suit the individual needs of each of my students as I believe we all have unique ways of learning. I love playing the violin and I love teaching as it enables me to pass on all the knowledge I have gained over 20 years of learning and performing. So please, get in touch! I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

I have been teaching privately in Manchester for a few years now, and I work for MAPAS (Salford Music Service). I also co-founded the Manchester Violin School.

I have also taken on projects further afield, such as leading workshops for the South West Youth Orchestra Summer Course, Lycée Maurice Ravel in Saint Jean de Luz (France) and conducting the Reigate Grammar School Junior String Orchestra. I was also previously employed by the Tutor Trust, an organisation involved in helping children on a 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3 basis, most especially those from schools in challenging communities.

I perform regularly with various ensembles, including the Cassia String Quartet and Rylands String Quartet, in both classical and more popular settings.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes and I can present this at the first lesson on request.

- Where and with whom did you train?

I began my studies with Liza Caudle and soon moved to the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama where I learnt with Ruth Hahn. During my time at the RNCM I studied under Thomas Kemp and more recently I had lessons with the late Peter Cropper (Lindsay Quartet).

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

I'm a member of the ISM.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £25/h
Lessons offered by Amy
Individual
The lessons will be held
at her home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Violin
Levels
  • All Levels

Amy's CV

• RNCM BMus (Hons) First Class
• I have an up to date DBS check (available to view on request)
• ISM

Reviews on Amy
  • 5/5

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1 recommendation

M
Marianne

My 4 year old daughter thinks Amy is great. She is always very punctual. Her teaching method seems to be very thorough and well adapted for a young child. Would recommend.

Interview with Amy

QUESTION 01 | 08
When did you first develop a passion for music and your favourite instrument?
Amy — I started learning the violin when I was 5 but it wasn't until I was 15 that I realised I wanted to do music professionally. I went to a summer music course on chamber music every year and it's there that I grew to love the feeling of making music with other people.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Is there a particular type music or artist that you listen to on a loop without it driving you crazy?
Amy — I love variety so I wouldn't want to listen to anything on a loop for too long!
QUESTION 03 | 08
Explain to us the most difficult or riveting course you could personally give to a student of music.
Amy — I wouldn't want to give any of my students anything too difficult on purpose, learning a musical instrument should always be fun, even when you're preparing for exams.
QUESTION 04 | 08
What do you think is the most complicated instrument to master and why?
Amy — I think the violin is one of the most complicated instruments to master, most people don't realise that even just learning to hold the bow is a massive challenge in itself. But I also believe it's one of the most rewarding instruments to learn.
QUESTION 05 | 08
What are your keys to success?
Amy — A good work-life balance.
QUESTION 06 | 08
Name three musicians you dream of meeting in your favourite bar in the early hours of the morning. Explain why.
Amy — I was actually lucky enough to be mentored by one of my favourite musicians of all time - Peter Cropper. He had the most amazing way of speaking through his violin playing, and through the music he played. And he made everything sound brilliantly spontaneous.
If I could go back in time I'd love to meet Beethoven, and see what his infamous temper was like. And it would be interesting to see Pagannini play some of his own compositions!
QUESTION 07 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to music or your days at music school.
Amy — When I was 17 I got the opportunity to play the Brahms Piano Quintet with some professional musicians and I learnt so much from just listening and performing with them. Sometimes the best way to improve is to work with someone above your level, if you're observant you can learn a lot.
QUESTION 08 | 08
What are the little touches that make you a Superprof in music?
Amy — My lessons are not pre-planned and set in stone, I tailor everything to the individual needs of all my students. Everyone's different, and there are different teaching methods that work for different people. This is one of the reasons I really enjoy teaching!

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