My Teaching Philosophy

I am passionate about teaching and making a difference to my students through seeing each student as an individual, adjusting the teaching approach to their needs, strengths and weakness's and believe all should have an opportunity to enjoy the process of music making. Students are taught in a positive, supportive and encouraging environment allowing pupils to be inspired and self motivated.

It is my goal develop the musical and technical ability of the pupil, understanding each student so that they get the utmost enjoyment out of playing music. During the early stages of learning the instrument students learn how to make a piece of music sound communicative and beautiful. This focus on artistry and creativity enables the student's individuality and enjoyment to shine through the music.

Making Learning Fun

I believe students should enjoy and have fun learning music and be encouraged to play with others. I will continuously strive for my pupils to reach their full potential and to learn in a positive and supportive environment. Playing music (either instrument or singing) involves being able to express feelings and share stories through music makings well as the technical aspects of learning the instrument. My teaching approach embeds good practising how to practise effectively. Practise needs to feel fun too!

Inspiration

I will introduce the pupil to a wide range of music, continuously keeping my teaching fresh and using new repertoire with styles, pieces and composers that students particularly enjoy.

To keep pupil's enthusiastic and inspired, I will encourage pupils to make music with others, to play in groups and orchestras and suggest inspirational recordings, artists and concerts to attend.

Technique

Lucy has a modern approach to her teaching, keeping in touch with the latest music, apps and technology to both help and inspire her pupils. Pupils are taught using a range of music, theory, violin technique, studies and scales. Exams (ABRSM or Trinity) will be encouraged, but are not essential.

Younger Students

I love to work with younger children, having a young daughter of my own, I understand what it is to be a parent. Younger students usually start between the ages of 5 and 7, (sometimes younger depending on the child - you can try a few lessons to see if it works. 

Almost all children love music. Recent studies suggest that playing and listening to music at a young age improves learning, memory, reasoning ability and general creativity. Music education enhances a child's comprehension abilities, self expression, helps them with maths concepts, assists in co-ordination and fine motor development skills and helps to build self-confidence.

Each lesson will include a a variety of activities chosen from music performance, singing, music appreciation, colouring, movement, listening and rhythm. The lessons are structured to take into

account the child's small hands and limited attention span. The story of Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse sets the stage for music study in their musical adventures, as they learn about music.

 

Incorporated Society of Musicians

As a Musician, Lucy believes it to be her responsibility to continue to grow both as a musician and a teacher. Lucy makes it a priority to practise regular, attend conferences and courses and stay in touch with current musical trends and perspectives.

Lucy is a full member of the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians), the UK's professionals body for musicians made up of performers, teachers and composers. All ISM members confirm their professional status when they join the society. This means you can rest assured that you are working with a proven music professional when you have lessons with an ISM member.

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