Over the past fifteen years I have taught students of all ages and backgrounds privately, in state schools and after school clubs. Whatever their stage of learning, I aim to help people enjoy playing music.
My teaching practice comes from a mixture of classical and contemporary schools of music training. I tend to find that musical understanding is most successfully practised whilst players through listening as the primary receptive skill.
Playing an instrument should really be play — sensitivity arises naturally from the openness which this encourages. Learning to collaborate with other musicians is immediately rewarding and helps to avoid a possessive relationship between player and instrument; that's why I encourage my students to accompany their friends, to form groups and jam together, to listen to other musicians, and to cultivate an inclusive approach.