I teach the violin and viola from my home in Mile End, East London. Using online platforms, I can connect with you wherever you are. You can use your laptop, tablet or smart phone. Lessons are charged at a rate of £20 per half hour. If cost is an issue, I can give advice on sources of funding for music lessons. Adult students usually opt for 1 hour lessons (£40) either weekly or fortnightly. The youngest students I accept are 6 years old and I recommend 30 minute lessons weekly for young beginners which can be lengthened to 45 minutes or one hour after the first year. When considering learning an instrument, it is worth taking into account the time needed for practice. For beginners, I find that 15-30 minutes practice every day ensures good progress.
The London Oratory School: Violin and Viola 2004-2018
NLMS Music Summer School: orchestral leader and sectional coach for amateur adults 1999 +
Centre for Young Musicians (CYM): violin and viola teacher 2016 +
I am currently teaching the full range of students including beginners aged 6, beginner adults, experienced adults and children working for grade 8. I often coach professional actors who wish to have an intensive burst of lessons before a role in which they will be performing on the violin. There is more information about my teaching on the About Me page.
Please note that a minimum of 48 hours is required to cancel a lesson otherwise the full fee is required.
‘Violin lessons with Cathy are the highlight of my week, even if I’ve had a tiring day I leave my lessons feeling energised and inspired. I have recently transitioned to online lessons (due to coronavirus) and these are working really well for me, Cathy has a whole range of ideas to get the most out of online teaching too. Although I’m a recent Music BMus graduate, violin is a new instrument for me. I’m an unusual student who can already read music fluently (having played the clarinet from a young age), but my lessons are catered to my individual needs and I always feel a perfect balance between being challenged and the kind gentle approach (which is exactly what I was looking for). Cathy is a fantastic player and a highly experienced teacher with all ages and abilities and I appreciate both her musicianship and her teaching method in every lesson.’
Cathy is a fantastic teacher, who uses a wonderfully holistic approach to violin teaching. I played violin since I was a child, played in the National Youth Orchestra and lead my university symphony orchestra. I work as a professional singer, but wanted to address performance anxiety issues that I had been experiencing as an amateur violinist. Cathy used an armoury of different methods to help me work on this, including technical bowing exercises and mental preparation and visualisation. Mostly importantly, she reinstilled in me the love of playing string music, and reminded me that it is most important to have fun. She is a knowledgeable, caring and empathetic teacher who takes real care to consider her individual pupil’s needs.
My 11-year-old daughter has been learning from Cathy for nearly 3 years from grade 4 to grade 8. I’m very amazed of how fast she could teach a difficult piece in a few lessons. I’m especially very thankful for her full concentration during every lesson and so detailed and patient to note down the fingerings and parts to practice in every lesson. She always plans ahead for pieces or techniques to learn one after another. She has already planned the diploma pieces which my daughter has started learning now. My daughter got 3 music scholarships and 2 music exhibition offers at several independent schools. She also won first place in Junior Challenge and Recital in violin last year at Stratford Music Festival.
My daughter Jess loves her violin lessons with Cathy. She enjoys the diverse range of techniques, activities and genres that Cathy employs, her specific and timely use of praise and tips and pointers to take her playing to the next level every lesson. Cathy has taken Jess through preparing for orchestral, solo and exam performances and has been vital to her success, progression and enjoyment. Thank you Cathy!