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Catriona Hepburn
London Area .: South East London
Local Area .: Mottingham
Post Code .: SE9
Mobile .: 07970439612
Price 60 Min. .: £ 34
Price 30 Min. .: £ 17
Instruments .: Violin
Styles .: Classical


Catriona Hepburn's Biography:

After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, I set up a private teaching practice in Earlsfield.  After five years I took a break from teaching to concentrate on my playing, and did a lot of orchestral touring which was not compatible with giving students regular lessons.  In 2008 I returned to teaching, (now in East London), and am enjoying passing on my skills and enthusiasm to my pupils.  I still do a lot of professional playing, but do less touring, and manage to give my students weekly lessons.

My current pupils range from young beginners to the leader of an amateur orchestra who comes for a few lessons when she needs confidence before playing a solo, or wants help with difficult repertoire.

My performing CV is at www.maslink.co.uk/cvs/violins/hepburn(catriona).html


Catriona Hepburn's Qualifications

MA - degree from Cambridge University (1993)

LRAM - teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Muisc (1997)

Postgraduate performing diploma, also from the RAM (1998)


Catriona Hepburn's Expertise
My approach is to customise my teaching to suit the individual's needs rather than to follow a particular school of violin playing (eg. Suzuki), or to rigidly follow a published violin method.  For the early stages I use pieces from Paul de Keyser's "Violin Playtime" and "The Young Violinist's Repertoire" series along with various studies (Mary Cohen, Niel Mackay, Sevcik etc.), and exercises both of my own devising and taken from the "masters" (Ivan Galamian, Carl Flesch etc.)
I am happy to put pupils through the Associated Board exam scheme, and have a 100% pass rate.  Whilst exams are a useful incentive, I feel strongly that learning to play the instrument is the first priority.  If you simply work through the exam syllabuses, you can miss out on some great repertoire and opportunities to learn techniques outside of exam pieces.
I have a great love of playing the violin and I do a lot of performing, freelancing with some of the country's best orchestras, which I think helps me to pass on my enthusiasm to my pupils.
Teaching privately rather than for a school means that pupils can have longer lessons, and also more lessons over the course of a year as I can carry on through the school holidays.  (This is a particular advantage in the summer.)  There is also more opportunity for parents to be involved.  Young children benefit from supervision / help with their practise, so it is useful if a parent can sit in on a few lessons.
If you have any questions please get in touch.


South East London,Mottingham,SE9


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