Sarah G.

Violin Lessons
30 Years Teaching Experience
Beginners Welcome
Certified teacher in violin
From £19.20 / 30 min.

Lowest price includes 20% discount for block booking.

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Violin Lessons
30 Years Teaching Experience
Beginners Welcome
Classical Repertoire
Classically Trained
Lessons Available in South West
From £19.20 / 30 min.

Lowest price includes 20% discount for block booking.

Replies in 15 h. and 34 min.

About Sarah G.

What can you as a student expect from lessons with me?

You can expect me to be genuinely focused on achieving the results you seek. Lessons with me are a dialogue, where pupils (and parents of younger students) are encouraged to ask questions, share reactions, preferences, perceived difficulties etc so that we can always work as a team.

I am a career teacher of violin who has spent more than 30 years teaching pupils, from age 4 to retired adults, in many different settings. During this time I have devoted myself on a full time basis to understanding violin playing better and to developing ways of helping students effectively and efficiently. I have created numerous worksheets and I have many videos which are freely available to view without a need to register (please send me a message on the link below).

I also work on my own playing on a daily basis with the aim to improve and not just maintain my skills or simply learn repertoire. This approach enables me to empathise closely with pupils who aspire to improve and extend their skills. Although I never opted to play in a fully professional orchestra, I give performances as a chamber musician and occasionally soloist, as well as playing as leader of local orchestras. I teach at all levels from the very beginning (whether young children or adult) to post-grade 8. Whilst I love all styles of violin music, my specialism is very much in Western classical music.

To get the most out of lessons with me, you need to practise on a daily basis, or be prepared to work with me to develop a daily practice habit. You will require a suitably sized and correctly set up instrument (please wait for my advice if you do not currently have an instrument).

Depending on age, level and personal circumstances, frequency of lessons can vary - school age children require a lesson frequency of at least once a week during term time, whereas adults might only take a lesson on an occasional basis.

My qualifications:

BMus (Hons) in Music (Manchester Uni); MMus in Performance (Beethoven Violin Sonatas) (Sheffield Uni); LRAM; Certificate of Advanced Study (Royal Academy of Music); PGCE in Secondary Music (Plymouth Uni).

What does the first lesson with a new student look like?

In the case of beginners, we will begin by establishing an effective playing position and learning basic care of the instrument, string names, names of the various parts of the instrument and bow, before moving on to short exercises and beginner ‘songs’, appropriately chosen for the age of the pupil.

If you have already begun your violin journey, I will be interested to know of your experiences so far, your preferences - and your frustrations, so that I can help with those! I can then suggest exercises, studies and repertoire which will take your playing forward. Bring as much material as possible which you have previously used - books, studies, sheets of paper etc.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of learning with me, or you are interested in my free videos, please send a message via the button on this profile.

Reviews of Sarah G.

Created at 18/01/22
Colin J. Reference
I regard Sarah as a shining light in the field of violin teaching, in which styles and standards can vary considerably. Sarah really understands children and really understands how to get the best out of them. She also understands parents and how to encourage them to help their children. Finally, she is constantly studying herself to improve her teaching, and so she is always excited by teaching (because it always seems 'new'), and she gets the best results of anyone I know.
Created at 18/01/22
Vivienne L. Reference
Sarah has all the expected skill and knowledge but is also very intuitive as to what works well in getting the best out of a pupil. She quickly identifies where improvements can be made and provides the right solution and gives encouragement allowing constant progression for the individual.

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Violin Lessons
30 Years Teaching Experience
Beginners Welcome
Classical Repertoire
Classically Trained
Lessons Available in South West

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