Coronavirus & Learning The Violin
With all this time on your hands self-isolating this is probably the best opportunity you've ever had to spend some of this time learning a musical instrument. Stay home and learn the violin online. A number of my students are self-isolating and continuing with Skype violin lessons. Skyping with a complete set of online lessons provides you with a very good way of getting started without the risk of infection. To find out more about this unique service just get in touch.
Where, Who & How
Based in Cirencester, my students are normally from Cirencester or the nearby towns & villages.
My violin pupils range from school-age to the senior adult.
If you are a beginner you will not need a violin at the first lesson as I provide one for you to try out.
Remember too that whatever age you are, it is never too late to start. My current students range from young beginners through to Grade 8 and beyond.
My students tell me that I really do create an enjoyable and positive learning environment.
If you are thinking about starting to learn the violin you may be concerned about the cost of violins and how to choose the right violin.
Don't rush to buy the first and cheapest offer you see on the internet. Even at the starter end of the marketplace violins vary considerably and it's quite easy to acquire an instrument that simply wont do the job.
Don't worry, I can give you help and advice so that you choose the best violin you can afford. For a bit more information on what you will need follow this link.
As for my philosophy of education you might be interested in this TED VIDEO by Sir Ken Robinson who's views resonate with me to a considerable extent.
I teach classical violin , but if you want to branch out into improvisational styles or folk then I am very happy to help develop your abilities in these areas.
I offer tuition towards external examinations however I place no emphasis on these because for some students to do so is often an impediment to the learning and the enjoyment of the instrument. For those students going on to university or music college the more more advanced grades are of course important.
If you are parent and are wondering about what your child might gain from learning to play a musical instrument I have some thoughts for you here.
Andrew's Background & Experience
Andrew has been described as having all the characteristics of a polymath; someone whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas. His two principal passions are classical music and new developments in the field of sound & music. However his other fields of knowledge include the philosophy of yoga, neuro-linguistic programming, web-based marketing, business management, training, personal & team development, rather poor french and developing applications for improvisation theory.
Andrew's original training was as a violinist at the Royal Academy of Music. His musical career has been wide and various including having been Head of Music in a central London school. This was followed by success in a sales role as a global account manager for an international corporate and as a consultant trainer with experience extending across the UK, Europe and China.
Based now in Gloucestershire (UK) his time is spent across a number of roles:
Editor and director of the world's leading music improvisation, sound healing & sound therapy website.
Partner in a personal development company (Entracte).
Free-lance musician actively involved in a variety of musical activities including violin tuition, composition and arranging, facilitating group music improvisation workshops for schools & colleges and delivering business leadership programmes which employ the medium of music improvisation.
Some recent feedback from my students:
You have taught me so much, I have been practising and love playing the violin - thanks for your great tuition!
He's found his enthusiasm again! (Parent of Grade 7/8 Student)
The violin stopped being cool and now it is again!
(Teenage student) MORE...