I have been a music teacher for over twenty years and run a successful home based private music teaching practice in Nottinghamshire. I have diploma level qualifications in all the instruments I teach. I also provide ABRSM music theory tuition and extra coaching for ABRSM aural tests.
I love teaching students of all ages, ranging from year one at school to retired adults and enjoy adapting my approach to the age of the student. As well as students of school age, I currently teach a lot of adults who have taken up an instrument for the first time or returned to lessons after learning as a child.
Whatever the age, and whether students decide they would like to work for exams or purely for pleasure, the enjoyment of learning music is an important part of my teaching.
I have taught all levels from beginner and those important first steps of learning, to diploma and have successfully guided and mentored students through their teaching or performance diplomas.
As well as private teaching, I have worked in various schools in the Nottinghamshire area and am currently working as an instrumental teacher in a local independent school.
As well as an enhanced DBS check, I have a certificate in Child Protection in Education (Music) Level 2. I am also a full member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians; a professional association promoting the art of music and the interests of the music profession.
I have always had a keen interest in making music theory fun for my own students and created my first website www.learnatune.co.uk many years ago. It started with a few games but as visitor numbers increased and the site grew in popularity, it eventually featured hundreds of games, quizzes and resources.
In 2013 I teamed up with a popular educational games-based learning company to create music packs of resources for students or teachers. These included theory packs of questions for ABRSM grades one to five which could be played in a game of the user’s choice. It was great to see students inspired and motivated to learn music theory.
This experience sparked my interest in creating a website that included entirely my own games and I set about trying to work out how this could be achieved by someone with none to very little programming experience. In 2015 I found a web host and spent two years creating the hundreds of games and resources now available on this site. I launched the site in October 2017 and at last count there were at least 300 games and quizzes!
It has been a long journey but I have enjoyed every minute and I hope that the music teachers and students using the site find it helpful and enjoyable.