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Ms Katy Vanden

BMus Folk and Traditional Music
Instruments: Fiddle
Genre/Style(s): Folk
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


I graduated in 2011 from Newcastle University with a BMus in Folk and Traditional Music. My major was in folk fiddle performance, which included performing a large range of repertoire, from collections of tunes to modern compositions. I have studied Scottish music in detail under the tutorage of Catriona MacDonald and Iain Macfarlane, both founding members of the band Blazin' Fiddles. In addition to this I am a singer and songwriter and in 2010 won a place to attend the International Songwriting Festival at Bath Spa University.

Teaching Experience and Qualifications

I currently teach fiddle, songwriting, composition and ensemble to children between the ages of five and seventeen, as well as adults. Fiddle and ensemble tuition can be provided for beginners to advanced level pupils and songwriting for beginners and intermediates. Lessons can be on a one to one basis or in a larger group. I have studied teaching methods as part of my degree from which I gained practical advice and tuition to develop my personal teaching practice. I am a member of the Code of Practice for musicians, which is a set of guidelines laid down by Music Leader available here.

Teaching Technique

In my lessons I try to create a fun and enjoyable environment in which to learn. There is a long tradition of learning “by ear” or aurally in folk music and this is a technique I feel is valuable for students to learn. However, knowledge of written notation and music theory is also an essential skill in the modern musical world. I aim to combine these two elements giving students a rounded understanding of music. Overall I want students to be motivated in their musical life and enjoy the experience I provide.

I look forward to helping you realise your musical ambitions. I would be happy to discuss any queries you might have or to arrange a lesson. Please contact me on 07796478024 or send me an email.

References available

Fiddle Lesson: £20.00 per hour
Songwriting: £20.00 per hour
Ensemble: c. £5 per person, dependent on size of group.
No obligation taster session available free of charge.

Contact Katy

Address: Ouseburn,
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
Phone: 07796478024
Fee (60 minutes): £20.00
Fee (30 minutes): £15.00

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