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Ms Melissa Whitehead

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PGDip with Distinction 'The Teaching Musician' (Instrumental Teaching), Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

BMus (Hons) Folk And Traditional Music, Newcastle University

Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent (CACHE Level 2 Certificate), Leicester College

Understanding Autism (CACHE Level 2 Certificate), Leicester College

Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (TQUK Level 2 Certificate), Leicester College
Instruments: Violin
Music Theory
Genre/Style(s): Classical
Popular Music
Non-Genre Specific
Music Theory
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


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I began giving private violin and fiddle lessons in Newcastle during 2011 and I haven't stopped since! I teach mainly individual lessons to students as young as 7 all the way through to retired adults. A large number of my students start with me as complete beginners but I also teach intermediate and advanced students.

Most of my students choose to focus on classical violin or folk fiddle/viola but many want to learn the instrument itself and therefore play a variety of musical styles which can be incredibly beneficial. I also think it's really important to make lessons relevant to the student's interests so I always try to include music they love and enjoy wherever possible alongside a range of tried and trusted tutor books.

The option of taking grade exams is open to all students but I completely understand that some prefer not to take any or would like to wait a few years first. I currently enter students for both ABRSM and Trinity College violin, fiddle and music theory exams. In the past I have entered students for LCM Traditional Music exams and these may be an option viola students. I am also a fully trained Music Medal teacher-assessor for ABRSM Music Medals aimed at younger students.

In addition to my private teaching, I currently work as a fiddle tutor for the North East Fiddle School in Gosforth teaching both technique and style to adult group classes. On numerous occasions I have been both a guest and deputy tutor for the Tyneside Fiddle Alliance. I have also previously taught a children's ceilidh band at Bellingham Middle School and been a guest tutor for Tarset Ceilidh Band.


All beginners are offered 30 minute lessons (£13.00) and for more advanced students there is the possibility of a 1 hour lesson (£26.00) or 45 minute lessons (£19.50). Group lessons and one off workshops are also available (price TBC).


I am a full member of the Musician's Union and I hold an enhanced DBS certificate.

Contact Melissa

Address: Denton Burn,
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE15 7AT
Phone: Show Number
Mobile: Show Number
Fee (30 minutes): £13.00
Fee (60 minutes): £26.00

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