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Lessons offered by Sue
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Taught subjects
  • Clarinet
  • Recorder
  • All Levels

Sue - East Dulwich - Clarinet


I am an experienced teacher of music through the Recorder, the Piano, and Clarinet. I have a couple of vacancies at present

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

I teach Recorder from beginner to College level, Piano from beginner to Grade 8, and Theory from Grade 1 to Grade 8 and Clarinet from beginner to Grade 8.
I also offer aural training in preparation for Grade examinations and as general musical development .

- Tell me about your qualifications.

BA hons Exeter,
Cert Ed, from Institute of Education
Certificate of performance in Early Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

- How much do you charge?

I charge £45 per hour, and most lessons are half this and therefore only £22.50, but the consultation lesson is offerred free. When I have to travel I charge an amount to cover my transport costs plus an element for time. Shorter lessons are available for younger children where appropriate, and the 20 minute lesson is charged as 3 lessons for £45.00.
I charge a half term in advance, and I feel quite reasonably that I need to ask for half a term's notice of lessons stopping.

- Where do you teach?

I do most of my private teaching at home in East Dulwich. The two nearest stations are East Dulwich train and Peckham Rye train, and local buses include the 37, 484, 185, 176,40, 63, 363, 197 and 12. The 12 and the 37 come closest to where I live. I also teach at the Jonas Foundation Music School at Elephant and Castle on Saturdays, and occasionally at University College London as Recorder Consort Tutor, plus at the Southwark Pensioners centre where a thriving Recorder Consort Class set up last year is now thriving . I now also teach Clarinet for Newham's innovative programme ECaM, which stands for Every Child a Musician and am on enfield's panel of Recorder and Piano teachers and expect some work there from January.

- When are you available?

I currently have spaces at the following times: Mondays 5-7 Tuesdays from 5pm - 6.30 and Thursdays 4- 4.30 and 6-7 , Friday 4.30 to 5.30

I don't usually teach during school holidays except to make up lessons unavoidably missed, where mutually convenient, though some of my adult students not confined by childcare like to continue during the holidays and I try to accommodate all of them.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

I currently teach children from the age of 4.5 to 65, and I also teach adults. I have students at present preparing for Grades 1 to 8 in recorder and Grade 1 - Grade 8 in piano, and grades 1 and 5 theory, but my students can progress without the need to take grade exams should they so wish.
I don't usually start children at this early age unless they have a supportive and musical family background, which will have nurtured their aptitude. Normally I feel that the age of 6 is a reasonable minimum age for fine coordination to be sufficient to be able to manage a musical instrument, though while this is true for budding recorder and piano players, I would recommend waiting until the age of 9 or 10 for clarinet lessons because of the weight of the instrument and the disciplined practise that is required to build up a really good embouchure musculature. But having said that, I have recently taken on two very young recorder students, who hand size requires them to start on the very smallest recorder, the garklein!, half the size of the commonly known descant recorder

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

My students aim for grade certificates and for diploma following success at Grade 8 if they wish to go the exam route. If they don't, I will try to cover everything they need and encourage as much performance as possible . Some young people find nerves before exams actually debilitating , but do not mind performing to an audience. Others like the exams but become scared playing to a larger audience.

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

I don't tutor online. Music is not that kind of subject to my mind!

- Do you have a personal message for students?

Two things are important! One, you must practice regularly and with focus, and two, the enjoyment will be enormous as well as the enjoyment of success ! Music is a wonderful thing for the soul as well as for the brain! And once you have gained the necessary skills you can make new friends by playing music together.

Its good to learn to read music, and also to learn to listen so that you can play by ear. Improvisation is also good for training the musical ear and the creative brain


- What kind of experience do you have?

I have taught Recorder and Piano in many primary schools, secondary schools, private schools and music schools, since I qualified in 1979 as well as privately throughout this time. I have experience in running recorder ensembles from beginner to advanced and I currently have a thriving private practice teaching Recorder, Piano, and Theory, and voice. I regularly arrange for my private students to be able to perform to other students and friends and family, and this is always a good social occasion for parents for and for the young performers. Having taken up clarinet 9 years ago I now play regularly and am now teaching clarinet both privately and for the Borough of Newham, and also expect to be teaching Recorder and Piano in Enfield from January 2018. My next pupil concert is on December 16th 2017 , at the home of a student whose parents have kindly offered their home as the timing being a week before Xmas means many families are simply not available . But there are enough to make a pleasant and indeed interesting and inspiring concert with performers from the age of 4 to 65..

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

Yes I have two upto date DBS certificates.

- Where and with whom did you train?

I trained at the Royal Academy of Music as a Junior Exhibitioner, studying flute with Norman Knight and Derek Honner, (which I dropped when at university), and also piano , and after going to Exeter University where I read Music, I went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where I studied Recorder with Philip Pickett on the Post Grad Early Music Course, and then to the Institute of Education where I gained a PGCE in Secondary music education. Later I studied Recorder with Peter Holtslag in London, and played in masterclasses given by Walter van Hauwe, Kees Boeke, Ricardo Kanji and Jeanette van Wingerden in London, Amsterdam,Lacoste en Provence, Den Hague and Trondheim. More recently I studied clarinet with Beatrix Graf and now I study clarinet with Jonathan Parkin and Susi Evans, and as a result of my interest in the wide repertoire of this instrument , I play with several groups including the South London Jazz Orchestra, The South London symphonic Winds and the Lewisham Concert Band and the London Consort of Winds as well as at monthly klezmer jam sessions. I also perform on recorder with colleagues occasionally .

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

Yes I belong to ERTA and ISM and am a paid up member of the Royal Society of Musicians

- Tell me about some of your current students.

At the moment I have several young piano beginners, plus one working towards Grade 2 and another towards Grade 4, while another is working towards grade 7 and even more recorder players from beginner aged 5 to having either taken Grade 8 and now working on diploma repertoire, or working towards Grade 8. I have several piano students taking grade 3 this term All my students are given the opportunity to perform in pleasant surroundings to parent and peers a couple of times a year, at a venue in Herne Hill, or another in East Dulwich, and occasionally space is offered by parents.
I also have two quite young recorder students , both very keen, one started at the age of 4.5 and the other at 5.5, and because of their small stature and small hands I have a started then off with the Garklein Flautlein, which is half the size of the descant recorder. I only took this approach after seeing that they couldn't manage on the sopranino.


Rate for online lessons : £46/h
Lessons offered by Sue
In group
The lessons will be held
at her home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Clarinet
  • Recorder
  • All Levels

Sue's CV

• BA (Hons) Exeter
• DBS dated 20th March 2014

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