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Mrs Louise O'Neill BMus
Mrs Louise O'Neill BMus

Biography

I began playing the recorder at age 2 when my mum realised that I could play music that I had heard by ear. I then started learning the flute at age 9 and began learning piano at age 15. I studied Music at the University of Surrey and won the Bell and Colvill scholarship for Excellence in Musical Performance, affording me the opportunity to perform at the Guildford Institute at a prestigious event hosted by the Mayor of Guildford. Whilst at university I furthered my passion and knowledge of music by singing in the jazz choir, hosting and producing my own radio show on the student radio station, reviewing newly-released singles and albums for the student newspaper and working as a Production and Editing Assistant on the Eagle Radio Breakfast Show. During this time I also did work experience for Wave Radio Station in Brighton and began music tutoring.

When I left University I knew that I wanted to encourage others to play and enjoy music so I decided to become a peripatetic music and music technology teacher. I have enjoyed teaching a variety of pupils in many local private and state schools (Greenfield, Longacre, Duke of Kent, Pennthorpe and Worplesdon Primary School) before taking a break for a few years to raise my two sons. Both of my children have additional needs (one has cerebral palsy and one has autism) and I have found that my experience of raising children with special needs has taught me more than I could ever have imagined and I have seen first-hand that, with enough determination and commitment, anything is possible. I am therefore able to bring out the very best in my pupils by empowering them to feel confident in their ability to learn, plus teaching them skills such as self-discipline and perseverance which allows them to develop a positive attitude to practising and playing.

I have over ten years’ experience of guiding students through ABRSM exams, and have maintained a 100% pass rate, with the majority of my students achieving Distinction and Merit grades. I offer all my students the opportunity to learn relaxation techniques so that they can approach exams, auditions and festivals with confidence, allowing them to perform to the best of their ability on the day.

I believe that performance is an important part of being a musician as it allows us to share our gifts with the people around us. For this reason, I encourage my pupils to regularly perform either in exams, festivals or concerts. I host an informal concert at the end of each term in which my pupils can perform with a professional accompanist to family and friends and build up their confidence and skills as a performer. All pupils are encouraged to participate, regardless of ability, as the focus is on having fun!

As well as teaching flute, I also teach recorder, music theory (up to and including grade 8) and I can offer assistance with aural training and general musicianship. I also offer support to students studying GCSE Music and A Level Music and Music Technology.

I provide a service to high-standard performers in which we work on improving exam, audition and performance technique to allow them to play to their very best under pressure. For advanced-level music students and graduates who wish to pursue a career in music teaching I offer a mentoring service in which students study the art of music teaching with me, build up a bank of resources and receive feedback from observed lessons. Please visit my website for more information (www.surreymusictuition.co.uk).

For me the best part of being a musician is playing with other people and I encourage my pupils to find opportunities to do this as well. I have experience of running two flute choirs for my pupils so I would be happy to offer assistance to ensembles too.

Contact Louise

Address: Guildford
Surrey
Surrey
GU3 3HR
Phone: 07760754710
Mobile: 07760754710
Fee (30 minutes): £22.00
Fee (60 minutes): £42.50

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