My teaching is based on a variety of methods. The Kodaly method is a big inspiration to my teaching, and although I am not strict with using it at the expense of other methods, my philosophy aligns nicely with it. The Kodaly method places emphasis on song and movement, following the child's lead as they develop. In beginner lessons, pupils and I tend to work on rhythms, song/sound and theory separately, and we bring these elements together once links are ready to be made. Everything is taken at an easy (but very efficient) pace, and often, through games, the child will learn lots of information without realising it.
I use mainly the Faber & Faber tuition books, alongside a huge selection of sheet music, hand-picked according to each student's tastes. I currently have a studio of about 35 pupils, adults and children alike. My lessons are tailored to the needs of each student (there are no conveyor belts here!).
My lessons help to inspire a deep and well rounded love of music through a mixture of:
- reading music
- playing by ear
- handpicked rhythm and theory games
- learning classical, jazz and pop styles
- improvisation and composition