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DipABRSM Teaching Diploma (Distinction)
BA Music (First Class)
DipABRSM Violin
Instruments: Scottish traditional fiddle
Classical violin
Genre/Style(s): Scottish traditional fiddle
Classical violin
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced



Hello! Iím Isla, a 23-year-old Scottish traditional fiddle player, singer, composer, classical violinist, classical pianist, community music practitioner and instrumental teacher with a DipABRSM Teaching Diploma with Distinction (90% pass).

What do I teach? I teach Scottish traditional fiddle and classical violin.

Who do I teach? I teach individual lessons for children and adults of all abilities and experiences.

Where do I teach? I am usually based in Glasgow, but I am now teaching exclusively online lessons via Zoom or Skype due to COVID-19.

What do I charge? First lesson free. Then £25 for 30 mins; £30 for 45 mins; £35 for 1 hour. These prices reflect the fact that I hold a DipABRSM Teaching Diploma with Distinction and are in line with Musiciansí Union recommendations.

What is my teaching methodology? I tailor each lesson to suit the needs of each individual student. My teaching method is influenced by my personal experience of learning through the Suzuki method, my experience of the positive impact that music has on our mental wellbeing, and the teaching methodologies that I learned for my DipABRSM Teaching Diploma. I value praise, fun and hard work. Music is an enjoyable activity!

What is my teaching experience?
I currently teach 5 students in Glasgow.
I achieved a DipABRSM Teaching Diploma with Distinction (90% pass) in July 2018.
I taught 20 private students in Edinburgh between November 2017 and August 2018. My students thoroughly enjoyed their lessons and improved quickly.
I was Assistant Teacher at Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin for 9-18 year olds in April 2016.
I was Volunteer Music Teacher at Tender Talents Magnet School in August-September 2014, a music school for vulnerable children in Kasangati, Uganda. I taught violin and music theory, led choir rehearsals, and founded and conducted Tender Talents Symphony Orchestra. In total, I taught 31 students aged 7-18. By the end of the month, my students were visibly happier and more confident, both in their musical abilities and in their personal lives.
I was Assistant Teacher at a Suzuki violin group class for 4-16 year olds in March-October 2012.

What are my qualifications? DipABRSM Teaching Diploma (Distinction), MMus Scottish Music, BA Music (First Class), DipABRSM Violin, Grade 8 Piano (Distinction), AMusTCL Theory and Composition, Grade 8 Theory (Merit), Advanced Higher Music (A), Higher Music (A), Intermediate 2 Music (A).

Where did I receive my musical education? Suzuki violin and piano lessons aged 5-12, City of Edinburgh Music School violin and piano lessons aged 13-17, University of Oxford BA Music 2014-2017, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland MMus Scottish Music 2018-2020

What is my performance experience? I have performed at Celtic Connections, Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folkweek and Festival Boult-aux-Bois et Cordes, and I have appeared on BBC Radio Scotland's 'Take The Floor' programme. I am a member of Stramash Cèilidh Band. I am an alumna of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra (2012, 2013, 2014). Aged 13, I performed a duet with Nicola Benedetti to 2,900 people in the Usher Hall.

What is my composition experience? I have composed many fiddle tunes, two short film scores, two theatrical scores and a 30-minute cultural-political musical-theatrical production, A Reawakened Monument of Antiquity (2019). I have written several songs, one of which was Winner in the Lyrics category and Runner-up in the Performance category of Amnesty International's Power of our Voices competition 2013.

I look forward to teaching you!

Contact Isla

Address: Strathclyde
G20 6LX
Phone: Show Number
Fee (30 minutes): £25.00
Fee (60 minutes): £35.00

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