I am a highly qualified instrumental teacher and performer, specialising in the flute and also with many years experience as a piano teacher.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach flute to diploma level and piano to ABRSM Grade 5 level. I have 100% success rates of tutoring ABSRM exams and am also happy to coach pupils in the practical component of their school music exams.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I qualified with a BMus (Hons) from Sheffield University, having passed my ABRSM Grade 8 flute/Grade 7 piano and also Grade 8 theory (with distinction) as a teenager. I also have an MA in Music (Open University - with distinction) and was awarded Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music diploma (flute-performing) in 2004, having previously passed Dip ABRSM and LRSM (with distinction) in flute performance.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £30 p/h (£15 1/2 h) for piano lessons.
- Where do you teach?
I mainly teach from my flat in the central Edinburgh area or very occasionally in students' home in the area if they are within short walking distance.
- When are you available?
I teach Mon-Fri excluding Tuesdays between 12 - 6pm. I do not usually teach at weekends.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach piano from age 5 upwards to ABRSM Grade 5 level.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I prepare students for ABRSM exams to AB Grade 5 level. I am also happy to help students prepare for their school music exams.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I am a friendly and enthusiastic teacher and expect my pupils to work hard for me, even if they are not studying for a specific exam.
- What kind of experience do you have?
Although primarily a flautist, I have been giving private piano lessons for over 23 years. Whenever possible, I have attended ABRSM training days for piano teachers and training on the AB exam process. I am a busy freelance musician and perform regularly (flute) in various orchestras and ensembles (occasionally as soloist) and give occasional solo flute/piano recitals. I have performed as soloist with Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra, Dunblane Chamber Orchestra, Dunbar Choral Society orchestra and will be a soloist with Ensemble Alba in Sep 2018. I have played flute with Glasgow-based Amicus Orchestra since 2011, as well as being on the committee for Amicus. Since 2010, I have been invited as flautist-in-residence every year for the Piano Accompaniment course at the Sherborne Summer School of Music (tutored by Nigel Hutchison, piano accompanist for the Yehudi Menuhin School) and have gained valuable insights for my own piano teaching while working as a soloist on the course.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes (from 2012). I also have an NSPCC certificate in Child Protection Awareness (from 2011).
- Where and with whom did you train?
I trained for my BMus (Hons) at Sheffield University, with flute lessons from Paul Chapman (Opera North) and piano lessons with various university tutors. Later I trained on flute with Stina Bisengaliev (Opera North), Catherine O'Rourke (Highland Chamber Orchestra) and for over 10 years with David Nicholson (Scottish Chamber Orchestra, RSAMD/RCS tutor). More recently I have had lessons with Paul Edmund-Davies (London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia etc.), Alison Mitchell (Scottish Chamber Orchestra) and Joanna Shaw (Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ballet). I have also participated in flute master-classes with William Bennett, Lorna McGhee and Katherine Bryan.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music and a member of the British Flute Society.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
Among my current students are a 5 year-old beginner pianist who is learning for fun, a 15 year old working for his school practical exam at around Grade 3 level a 13 year old pianist working for his AB Grade 4 exam. I have a number of very talented/hard-working young students who have achieved exceptionally high distinction marks at Grades 1-3 (two pupil gained 144/150 marks for Grade 1). The majority of my piano pupils taking AB exams pass with distinction or merit. I never rush through the early stages, preferring to ensure a solid basic technique before approaching exams.
• BMus (Hons)
• MA in Music (with distinction),
• FRSM (flute-performance)
• AB G7 piano
• CRB checked
• British Flute Society
Lynne is a wonderful teacher: friendly, patient and dedicated. I got in touch with her after teaching myself on and off for a year or so. She quickly tailored her teaching to my level. Each lesson was a pleasure and I would have no hesitation recommending her.
I am delighted to have Lynne as my tutor and feel privileged to have found her. She is kind, considerate, encouraging and inspiring and I am making good progress. As I work full-time, the fact that Lynne travels to me is also a plus factor.
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