I am a music graduate of Goldsmiths College, University of London (1988) and studied the flute with the wonderful flautist Christopher Hyde Smith, and piano with John Tilbury. I have taught flute and piano for many years, and direct Chiddingfold Flute Group. I play regularly with local amateur orchestras.
The youngest age I take piano pupils is 6. I teach adults and children up to grade 6
Flute lessons start from 9 years old onwards. I teach adults and children to grade 8 and beyond
I also cover theory, especially grade 5 which is necessary in order to continue with higher grades in any instrument
Children learn to read music effectively if they are having fun. I have a growing collection of music games including finger twister, ice cream maker, build a burger and musical snakes and ladders. I aim to spend the last 5 minutes of the lesson using these games.
My Teaching Story
Having fun making music
I was fortunate to study flute with Christopher Hyde Smith and piano with John Tilbury. Both were inspirational teachers and performers who inspired me to pass on my love of making music. For me, a large part of the joy in making music is playing in groups with other musicians. However opportunities for flute players can be few and far between. In response I have built and directed a flute group over the last 6 years which has grown in numbers, in ability and in confidence. Very much a mixed ability group aimed at having fun and building confidence at ensemble playing. We meet in Chiddingfold for flute days.
Performing - upcoming events
Orchestral Concert, Haslemere Music Society
October 12, 2019
at St Christopher’s Church
Conductor James Ross
Holst Two Songs without Words
Molique Oboe Concertino David Farnworth, oboe
Morricone Gabriel’s Oboe David Farnworth, oboe
Beethoven Symphony No.8
Having fun with playing the flute
I love to embrace fun and different ways of playing. I performed as a 'roaming musician' at a local fairy fair. Over the 2 days, wandering around the magical woodland, I had a lot of fun playing to an audience of small children and their parents. I hope that some may become flute players one day...
Flute and Piano lessons, flute days and performance