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Miss Emma Alexander
Miss Emma Alexander

Biography

In 2015 I graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree in viola performance. This has allowed me to develop my skills, not only as a professional musician, but also as a very competent and enthusiastic viola teacher. I gained teaching experience during my 3rd year placement with RNCM Young Strings. I also taught violin privately throughout my time at RNCM. As a teacher I understand the need to continue developing my own skills as a viola player.

Throughout my time at RNCM I was actively involved in chamber music and a founding member of the Virr String Quartet. We won numerous competitions and were finalists of Schubert and Hirsh prizes. We received professional training from renowned musicians such as Frans Helmerson, the late Peter Maxwell-Davies, Petr Prause, Levon Chilingirian and the late Peter Cropper. Receiving lessons from these inspiring artists has helped to shape my teaching methods.

In solo work I was fortunate to receive regular master classes from Garth Knox, Nobuko Imai, Simon Rowland Jones, and Thomas Riebl. As well as improving my playing, these master classes, sparked an interest in developing creative ways of teaching and sharing my knowledge of violin and viola.
My placement with RNCM Young Strings followed the progression of pupils learning stringed instruments in groups. This involved shadowing group lessons and watching how experienced teachers planned pupilís lessons. This was fundamental to my development as a teacher as it allowed me to appreciate the techniques required to incorporate rhythm, music theory, and musicianship into a 45-minute lesson, as well as setting the pupils targets in their individual lessons.

In 2012 I was invited to take part in a residency with Camerata Scotland in Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. The aim of the project was to motivate and inspire the children on the island by taking a professional orchestra into a community rich in traditional music. We ran workshops in the local primary schools and we were able to compose music with the children's ideas. One of the challenging aspects was the mixed ability in the group as most of the pupils had learned to play by ear and some had very little knowledge of music notation. We incorporated singing and drama into the workshops which meant that we were covering basic music theory and internalising rhythm before transferring it onto the instrument. This project was also valuable in gaining knowledge and insight into my development as a teacher, as it made me think of creative and alternative ways to communicate with the children.

I am excited by the prospect of making a difference to the lives of the youngsters and adults I work with. I'm confident that with my friendly, outgoing, and pragmatic attitude, I am be able to both inspire the next generation of musicians and give confidence to everyone I teach.

Contact Emma

Address: Central
G44
Phone: 07989 715 707
Fee (30 minutes): £15.00
Fee (60 minutes): £30.00

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