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About Ellen P.
Anyone can play a musical instrument!
Ellen is a piano, clarinet, saxophone, recorder and theory teacher based in Kirkcaldy with 25 years experience. She is passionate about music and loves to pass her enthusiasm on to her pupils. She can teach from 8.30 in the mornings until 8 in the evening. Ellen has a B. A. (Hons) in Music And Education Studies from King Alfred's College (now the University Of Winchester). She is very patient and has a good sense of humour. She has taught privately since 1997 and has had many exam successes with her pupils.
Ellen will structure each lesson according to the pupil's wishes. She can take pupils down the exam route if desired or do the lessons purely for fun. No two pupils are the same which is one of the joys of teaching! She has students of all ages; from the age of 4 to one gentleman who started the clarinet a couple of years ago at the age of 90 so age really is no barrier. She also has pupils who have autism plus a deaf pupil and a blind pupil so in terms of barriers there is very little to stop people enjoying such a wonderful hobby. Ellen is learning sign language to further her contact with her deaf pupil. Ellen loves the way she can see the confidence increase in her pupils as they progress with their learning.
Genre And Exams
She teaches mainly Classical though does some Jazz and is happy to enter pupils for Jazz exams if that is the way the pupil would like to go. In terms of exams she normally uses ABRSM though can use Trinity or London College Of Music if those are preferred by the pupil. She is working her way to an ARSM in Treble Recorder at the moment which means she can empathise fully with exam nerves!
In terms of the length of lessons she would recommend 20 minutes for 6 year olds and at least 30 minutes for anyone else. Some pupils may find it easier to have 30 minutes for wind instruments at first due purely to needing to build the stamina for the facial muscles but there are exercises which she can show you which will help with this issue. 45 minutes or an hour are the ideal lengths once the stamina issue has been addressed or for piano as you can spend more time on particular things in the lessons. Weekly lessons are ideal as well as this helps the momentum of learning though fortnightly can work well also. Ellen always encourages pupils to ask as many questions as they need to; she would rather have a multitude of questions than a pupil who is struggling with something and is too worried to mention it.
Ellen is happy to teach anywhere which suits the student. It is mostly online but is happy to do face to face whether it's in her own home or the student's home if they are local. The first lesson will consist of getting to know the pupil's musical ambitions; whether it's something as simple as playing Happy Birthday on the school piano in a weekly school assembly or wanting to be a grade 8 saxophonist. Ellen will take you through the care of your instrument and the correct posture when playing it. She is happy to use any tutor books the pupils already has but also has own preferences for tutor books, exercises and pieces for fun and is happy to recommend any of these. Ellen is also happy for the pupil to suggest a piece they particularly wish to learn. Each lesson will consist of a warm up, some sight reading as this is an essential area of learning music and a fantastic way of increasing a pupil's confidence, listening to the piece/s the pupil has practiced, going through something new in a lesson and there will be some aural training as well. This is also important due to it helping hugely with musical memory and perception.
Ellen is the Musical Director for a local theatre company which is great fun and involves rehearsing with the cast on a regular basis and allows her to indulge her love of pantomime each Christmas! She has also played for primary school Nativity plays and helped with primary school orchestras as well which is very fulfilling. Helping the children with their performances is fantastic; she has arranged music to involve varying amounts of instruments and has risen to the challenge each time. She has also played piano in a local church for a number of years for services and played for a couple of weddings. Ellen has been an Assessor for the Duke Of Edinburgh Awards several times under the Skills section for learning to play a musical instrument.
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