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Ms Catriona Hepburn

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MA (Cantab) (1993)
LRAM (teaching) (1997)
Diploma of Postgraduate Performance from RAM (1998)
Instruments: Violin
Genre/Style(s): Classical
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


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Ages 7 to adult

Preparation for ABRSM exams grades 1 - 8 (100% pass rate!)

Theory lessons available for violin pupils

Flexible lesson times in my house in SE9.

I am an enthusiastic teacher - patient but also demanding, to help pupils fulfil their potential.

My approach is to customise my teaching to suit the individual's needs rather than to follow a particular school of violin playing (eg. Suzuki), or to rigidly follow a published violin method. For the early stages I use pieces from Paul de Keyser's "Violin Playtime" and "The Young Violinist's Repertoire" series along with various studies (Mary Cohen, Niel Mackay, Sevcik etc.), and exercises both of my own devising and taken from the "masters" (Ivan Galamian, Carl Flesch etc.)

I am happy to put pupils through the Associated Board exam scheme, though whilst exams are a useful incentive, I feel strongly that learning to play the instrument is the first priority. If you simply work through the exam syllabuses, you can miss out on some great repertoire and opportunities to learn techniques outside of exam pieces.

I have a great love of playing the violin and I do a lot of performing, freelancing with some of the country's best orchestras, which I think helps me to pass on my enthusiasm to my pupils.

Teaching privately rather than for a school means that pupils can have longer lessons, and also more lessons over the course of a year as I can carry on through the school holidays. (This is a particular advantage in the summer.) There is also more opportunity for parents to be involved. Young children benefit from supervision / help with their practise, so it is useful if a parent can sit in on a few lessons.

As well as teaching children of all ages, I have taught many adults, both old and young! I enjoy teaching adult beginners, who may have spent years or even decades wishing that they had learnt an instrument when they were at school, and now finally find the opportunity to learn. I have also helped several rusty amateur violinists to get back into practise and up to a level where they can enjoy playing in an orchestra or chamber group.

If you learnt at school, but your violin has sat gathering dust in the attic while you bring up your children and are busy with work, it is a daunting prospect to start playing again. It is possible though, and can be very rewarding. I have enjoyed helping several people in this situation!

If you have any questions please get in touch.

Contact Catriona

Address: Greater London
Phone: 07970 439 612
Mobile: 07970 439 612
Fee (30 minutes): £18.00
Fee (60 minutes): £36.00

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