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Posted by steve

Instrumental teaching

Steve writes:

I teach violin from beginners to advanced, classical and folk, and piano up to Grade 4, in the  South Hams and Torbay.

I started learning violin age 7, and from age 13 studied in London with renowned teacher Sheila Nelson.  I use a similar approach to the way I was taught by Sheila, much of which she, in turn learned from eminent American string pedagogue, Paul Rolland: there is a strong emphasis on freedom of movement, and a clear understanding of how the right physical actions lead to good technique and musical expression.

I also learned from Sheila the importance of playing in groups from an early age: both for the enjoyment of music making with friends, and the  learning about music that comes from playing in ensembles.  One of the greatest joys of my childhood was playing with the London String Ensemble (which I led for 2 years), then the London Schools Symphony Orchestra (which I also led for two years from age 17), then the National Youth Orchestra.  I strongly encourage my students to join ensembles as soon as they are ready (such as the string groups at SAMS in Totnes, or the Torbay Music Centre.) Music is all about the joy of creating something beautiful with your peers, and hopefully sharing it with an audience (though the pressure that can involve means it is not for everyone)!

We are fortunate in South Devon in having a professional orchestra, the Ten Tors (which I play in), and a thriving folk music scene. There is lots of music for young people to enjoy, and take part in.

I teach at the Grove Primary School in Totnes, at Stoke Gabriel Primary School, and at Churston Ferrers Grammar School.  I have an up-to-date DBS check (formerly CRB), and undertake regular ongoing professional development in relation to safeguarding.

Contact: please send me an email – steve ‘at’ bluejewel.info (replace ‘at’ with the @ sign)

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