I first began studying music at the age of seven and went on to reach grade 8 on violin, flute, saxophone, clarinet and piano. I continued my music education with a BMus(hons) degree in Violin Performance at Birmingham Conservatoire where I was fortunate enough to receive tuition from numerous world class violinists and to frequently perform in several of the world’s best concert halls, including Birmingham Symphony Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall.
In addition to my performance skills I also have a specialism in Baroque violin playing and historical performance practice, which I developed through undertaking a Masters Degree in Musicology, and I've also written a book on this topic (‘Theory and Practice in Baroque Violin Performance’).
Ultimately, my main passion is teaching. I have ten years of teaching experience including private teaching and school teaching, and also worked as a mentor for the violin students of the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department. Additionally, I’m also experienced with teaching individuals with additional needs, having spent a year working for a charity that provides weekly music sessions for children and young adults with special needs.
My main goals for my students are for them to find great enjoyment through playing their instrument, and I always endeavour to pass on my passion and enthusiasm for music to my students. When playing is fun and rewarding then practice no longer becomes a chore and students are able to meet their goals with greater success, which is reflected by my 100% pass rate for all students who have taken an exam with me.
I teach from my comfortable and well-equipped music room in my home, which has seating for parents who wish to stay during their child's lesson.
Adult players and beginners are very welcome, it is never too late to learn!
Cara is a great tutor, she has a calm and positive energy which makes learning as easy as possible. I really enjoyed the first lesson, looking forward to the next one.