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Ellie
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£25/h
1st lesson free!
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Lessons offered by Iona Catherine
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
Taught subjects
  • Music reading
  • Violin
  • Fiddle
Levels
  • All Levels

University level professional violinist offering Folk, Pop and Rock violin tuition in London (All Levels)

Methodology

I am trained to grade 8 level in Scottish folk violin, grade 7 in classical violin, grade 5 in music theory, and level 3 in pop/rock performance. I have been gigging and recording in folk and popular genres for over 8 years, developing a strong sense of musicality, technique, and performance through this.

My violin lessons are for anyone who wants to learn to play the violin within the context of folk, pop and/or rock. For beginners, we will look at the basics of classical violin technique to ensure safety whilst playing, as well as how to read music and basic music theory. We will look at folk, pop, and rock repertoire, and begin to look at the techniques that can be used to make these genres come alive on the violin. Standard violin, electric violin, and 8ve violin can all be explored, as well as how effects pedals such as loops, reverbs, delays and distortion and more can be used to modify the sound of your playing into something truly unique and expressive. For more advanced students all of the above can be explored, as well as a more personalized look at performance technique, pushing the boundaries of artistry, violin composition, and advanced violin technique. Sessions will be presented in a supportive way through the exploration of repertoire, practical tasks, practice plans, and constructive discussion.

Experience

I am passionate about music with degree-level expertise in songwriting & composition, recording, mixing & production, film scoring, and folk/pop violin. I possess significant practical and theoretical knowledge of these areas, and a deep understanding of how music works, curated through 15 years of musical endeavors, culminating in a 1st Class Hons BMus Music degree from Goldsmiths, UoL.

I am happy to combine these areas as relevant to student interest. I absolutely love teaching and look forward to taking on more students. I am very enthusiastic and work hard to ensure the best tuition experience including a personalized lesson plan for every session and taking on feedback.

Rates

Rate for a 1-hour lesson. : £25/h
Lessons offered by Iona Catherine
Individual
The lessons will be held
at her home
Taught subjects
  • Music reading
  • Violin
  • Fiddle
Levels
  • All Levels

Iona Catherine's CV

VIOLINIST WORK 2014-PRESENT

Live violin performance, highlights:
2015-2017 lead violinist of Devon Ceilidh band ‘Hogwash’, regular function gigs
2016-2017 violinist in folk band ‘De’Malebysse’, regular gigs including Bath Folk Festival, Sidmouth Fringe, Sidmouth Folk Festival, and Ilfracombe Beer Festival
Guest player at black metal artist Myrkur’s London gig 2018, mention in Financial Times review by Michael Hann: “the violin and cello generating a near-psychedelic drone that gave Bruun’s startling soprano ... space to swoop around to find the melody”
Guest player for soul artist Ruby May Spencer at Devon County Show 2015
Guest player for composer Gabriel Prokofiev, Devon BBC Introducing 2015

Studio violin sessions, highlights:
Significant body of violin recording for folk band ‘De’Malbysse’s album ‘Lucy Sands’ (hardcopy only)
Improvised violin for folk artist John Connor’s album ‘Heva Heva’ (hardcopy only)
Participant in string quartet for pop artist Jessi Mac’s ‘Carry On’ (to be released)

TUITION EXPERIENCE 2019-PRESENT:
Private tutoring, detailed tailored lesson plans, and striving for a professional but friendly approach that truly benefits student’s needs.
At present, I have taught 10+ students in a variety of musical areas.

EDUCATION:
Goldsmiths, University of London, London:
BMus Music,1st Class Honours
HEAR Studio Engineering

Exeter College, Exeter, Devon:
Level 3 Diploma in Music, D*D*D*
Extended Project Qualification on the Ethics of Fast Fashion, A
A level Music, B
AS level Business, B

Instrument Qualifications:
Grade 8 Scottish Folk Violin, Distinction, Trinity College Grade 7 Classical Violin, Pass, Trinity College
Grade 5 Music Theory, Merit, ABRSM

Stover School, Newton Abbot, Devon:
10 GCSE’s grades A*-B (including Maths and English)
RSPH Level 1 Award in Food Hygiene Awareness
Duke of Edinburgh, Bronze

5 reviews on Iona Catherine
  • 5/5

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Ellie

Perfect! Lona is very patient, encouraging and friendly! Really enjoyed her lesson!

Iona Catherine's response

Very enthusiastic and attentive :)

4 recommendations

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Hugo

Iona is a fantastic and insightful tutor - she's hugely knowledgeable about music production and is really fun to work with.

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Rose

Iona is a talented exciting new artist. Reducing her audience to tears with her haunting and moving work. Uplifting her audience with beautiful and exciting sound. A multi talented musician.

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Roderick

Iona is a great tutor! She taught me songwriting and production. Super supportive, organised and fun! I learnt a lot and definitely got out of the lessons what I wanted. She’s got loads of experiences and resources that make up the high quality education she delivers and she teaches however you want her to and to whatever style suits you!

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Roderixk

Very encouraging and friendly! Certainly knows her stuff! I’ve come away from her lessons with solid practical knowledge and skills that I feel confident in putting in place academically, personally and professionally!

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