Emma teaches violin up to grade 6.
My thoughts about teaching music
My focus is on finding the pupil’s interests and needs, and adapting my teaching to help pupils develop a passion for their instrument and confidence in performance. I am happy to teach towards exams if pupils wish to take them, but this is not compulsory.
I started playing the violin at the age of 10, when my primary school decided to start offering instrumental lessons, and within a year I also joined a string orchestra at East Devon Music Centre. I loved it so much there that I stayed for 8 years! This experience of playing and performing in an ensemble was great fun, and really helped my confidence.
In 2007 I graduated in Music from Southampton University. During my three years there I studied both modern and baroque violin, played in the symphony orchestra and sinfonietta, and my quartet was lucky enough to have a masterclass with the Allegri Quartet. I also ran a student volunteer programme which provided music therapy sessions in local residential homes, playing music of all genres in something akin to instrumental karaoke!
In 2007/8 I played in the Exeter University Chamber Orchestra while teaching part-time and doing postgraduate study. Since 2008 I have been teaching violin, doing private tutoring in various subjects and working in Deaf education. In 2012 I am looking forward to expanding my violin teaching alongside my new role as a mum!