Dr Laura Duggan

Violin Grade 8 (Junior Royal Academy of Music)
Piano Grade 8 (Junior Royal Academy of Music)
MChem in Chemistry (Oxford University)
Doctorate in Chemistry (Oxford University)
Instruments: Violin
Genre/Style(s): Classical Violin Suzuki Method
Ability Levels: Beginners to Intermediate


I learnt to play the violin with Elaine Jordan, a highly respected Suzuki method violin teacher. I then moved to the Junior Royal Academy of Music to study with Susan Collier. I still remember my first concerts playing nursery rhymes aged 6 with pride and all the way through to playing in (far too many!) orchestras at university I am so grateful for the opportunity I was given. I am now setting up a St. Albans Violin Group with the aim of providing for another group of children the fun and fulfilment that I was lucky enough to experience growing up! Please see my website for more details: http://www.stalbansviolingroup.co.uk.
I teach violin using the Suzuki method. This is an internationally acclaimed method that aims to instil musical skills in the same way as a child learns to speak their mother tongue. In fact it is often called the 'Mother Tongue' method. By listening to and repeating rhythms, phrases and pieces the student builds up a vocabulary of musical knowledge. Once a piece can be played perfectly it is not put away and forgotten. Instead it is revisited regularly to ensure that the skill building blocks are solid. This therefore enables the student to comfortably achieve many more advanced skills without the frustration that can come from running before you can walk. The Suzuki method also focusses particularly on the physical movement and feel required to produce a strong rich tone. This is done using simple language and physical exercises rather than vague concepts that are confusing to the younger student. By taking a systematic approach to learning, no bad habits are picked up that must be undone later in life. The approach works well with very young beginners and older children alike.
A quick google will tell you that there many reputable academic studies out there about the benefits of learning an instrument. From academic achievement to social confidence, improvements in memory to increased discipline and physical coordination to creativity, there is barely an area of life that connecting with music doesn't help. Lessons can bring focus and stillness to a boisterous child and confidence and courage to a shy child. For me the most important aspect is the life-long fun and pleasure that my violin playing has given me.

Contact Laura

Address: St Albans
Phone: 07967714127
Fee (30 minutes): £15.00
Fee (60 minutes): £30.00

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