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I teach in:
South East London
My local London area:
Forest Hill
Price 60 minutes:
Price 30 minutes:
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Styles that I teach:
Contemporary Classical, 20th Century Classical, Romantic, Baroque, Celtic
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Hello! I am a professional concert violist working in London and throughout the UK with top-ranked orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and English National Opera. As part of Chamber Orchestra of London I have recorded scores to many high-profile films and series such as Downton Abbey, Doctor Who and Planet Earth. After finishing my BMus and MMus degrees in the United States, I relocated to the UK in January 2017 to work as an orchestral violist in London. I apply this extensive real-world experience to my teaching. My students enjoy encouraging, positive reinforcement and develop not only a solid foundation of musical knowledge but also a genuine love of playing and a confident, methodical work ethic.


I hold a Bachelor and a Master of Music, Viola Performance, from one of the top-ranked conservatories in the world, Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, in Houston, Texas. I am also an experienced teacher, with four years of in-school private tuition given through Houston public schools, two years of teaching with London Borough of Richmond and Wandsworth, and eight years of private tuition outside of schools through which I've taught many adult students as well as young adults, teens and children. I am DBS checked and certified in Safeguarding training through Wandsworth Music Service.

Reasons to study with me:

Through my teaching in Houston and London, I am confident in my ability to engage with children on a one-to-one basis, regardless of their age, cultural background or socioeconomic status.  All of my students in Houston public schools went on to excel at their state exams (equivalent to ABRSM), and some went on to make Texas All-State Orchestra, Texas being the most competitive state for these honours alongside California and New York. I have prepared younger students for ABRSM and Trinity exams, GCSE Music and A Level Music. My students are not just children; they range from early childhood music through to older adults.




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