I am a friendly, committed and enthusiastic teacher, with 20 years experience. I always tailor my teaching to each pupil's needs and preferences, focusing on enjoyment, expression and quality technique.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach the Flute (beginners to grade 8).
I also teach beginner recorder.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a BMus Hons from University of Surrey and gained QTS after completing my PGCE at Institute of Education, University of London.
- How much do you charge?
£25 for 40 minutes
£30 for 50 minutes
£35 for 60 minutes
- Where do you teach?
I teach the flute in Crystal Palace, Dulwich, Forest Hill, Sydenham, Honor Oak, West Norwood, Beckenham, Croydon, Norbury, Tulse Hill, Streatham Hill and Streatham at an extra charge but prefer to teach from my home in Crystal Palace.
- When are you available?
Afternoons or evenings
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
From 5 years up to adults of any age.
Beginners to grade 8.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Grades 1 to 8. I have an excellent success rate with both ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall exam boards with pupils consistently achieving mostly merits and distinctions every time.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I believe that music is one of the greatest gifts one can have and it is my pleasure to be able to pass this on to others.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have 20 years experience teaching both children and adults of all standards working for various music services at schools, privately and in an adult education centre. At my most, when I was working for one music service I was teaching 100 flute pupils a week! Now I prefer to teach privately so I can focus more on each pupil. I am also a trained secondary music teacher and worked in secondary and primary schools as a music teacher and have worked as a primary school music coordinator for Guildford music service for which I was responsible for running and organising extra-curricular clubs, programs and events.
My main achievements in my teaching have been in the standards of playing I achieve through careful focus on technique but also maintaining 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! It got them learning their scales too and understanding how scales are the foundation of melodies and demonstrates to them the need for ordered training in order to also experience musical freedom and how all styles of music can be linked together.
Above all, it is me pleasure to hear my pupils playing expressively and being able to pass on the gift of music to others. I am an inspiration to my pupils but they are also an inspiration to me and I have been lucky to teach people from age ranges from 5-70 and more recently people breaking the gender and racial stereotypes that often go hand-in-hand with playing the flute. I am still working hard to encourage and nurture this and believe that anyone should play the flute if they want regardless of age, race or gender and without creative and musical boundaries. I put 100% into each pupil to help them achieve the very best they can and get the most enjoyment they can in their own unique way, overcoming what unique challenges they may face.
100% of my pupils in the past 5 years of flute teaching have achieved either merits or distinctions in their grade exams.
Elaine Round is a versatile flautist with a wide range of experience of playing in many styles and capacities.
She completed her classical music degree at University of Surrey in 2001. Whilst there, she specialised in performance, performing solos, chamber music and in the university orchestra. Shortly after she graduated, she performed the Nielsen Flute Concerto with Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra and played for Epsom Symphony Orchestra, Croydon Symphony Orchestra and Thames Philharmonia, as well performing a variety of chamber music.
Since this, Elaine has explored many different musical styles - composing, improvising, recording and performing music with a wide range of musicians, forming many diverse projects and bands. She is a successful music producer and performs live flute to her own compositions internationally, whilst releasing her own music. In addition to this, Elaine works as a session musician and is hired for a wide range of events in any style of music, ranging from playing for a famous Persian pop singer to performing at funerals, weddings and corporate events and once played Chinese Xiao flute on 'Don't Tell the Bride'! She also works with videographers, providing recordings for commercial videos.
Elaine has been teaching the flute to children and adults for twenty years in schools, an adult education centre and privately. She completed her PGCE in 2004 and gained Qualified Teacher Status.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
Mrs Jennifer Welch
Ms Sarah Newbold
• BMus Hon Music
• PGCE Music Secondary
Robert and Sarah have had some very good flute teachers but tell me that Elaine is by far the best they have ever had. Sarah particularly tells me that Elaine makes excellent suggestions and has improved her flute playing a great deal. Sarah played a recent piece at school for GCSE and her music teacher asked Sarah if she was doing A Level Music, as she would have achieved a good A level Grade for the piece. Elaine is an excellent flute teacher.
I really enjoy lessons with Elaine, she works really hard helping me to make a lovely sound on my flute".
Megan recently achieved 99 out of 100 for her grade 2 exam.
Elaine has been a great teacher for our 10 year old daughter. She has been very reliable, consistent and thorough. She has a good feel for when to be encouraging and when she might need to be a bit firmer. She has been able to adapt her style to our daughters needs. And most importantly they have fun together.
I like having Elaine as my flute teacher because she is direct so I always know how I am doing and what she wants me to do next. She encourages me and I like my lessons.
Hi, I'm Alice, and Elaine is my flute teacher. She first started teaching me after I had taken my grade 1 exam, and as a result of her fantastic teaching I passed grade 2 with distinction! Elaine is a great teacher and constantly helps me improve my technique and breathing. Each lesson I improve and I wouldn't want any other teacher.
Alice has always loved the flute, but Elaine continues to encourage and inspire her. Elaine has high standards and always pays attention to detail when teaching, but she still makes sure the lessons are fun. I would happily recommend Elaine as a flute teacher to children of any musical standard.
Elaine patiently and firmly builds her pupils' skills and confidence on the flute. With me, she took me from never having assembled a flute before to being comfortable with a range of music styles. She balances building the essential foundations for more advanced playing with fun pieces that keep it interesting. When I struggle, she has a unique ability to figure out the challenges I am having and to suggest techniques to improve my playing. I would recommend her wholeheartedly to any level of player.
Elaine always chooses fun and interesting music to play
Grace's flute playing has really improved with Elaine as her teacher - thank you.
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