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About Aimee B.
Aimée’s main objective when teaching violin and viola is to instil a love for music in each student. The more a student enjoys their lessons, the more likely they are to excel at their instrument!
She completed both BMus and MMus degrees in Performing Art through the University of Pretoria (South Africa), and also holds the LRSM and DipABRSM qualifications in violin performance. She teaches violin and viola lessons in southwest London, and has an excellent track record in terms of preparing students for ABRSM and Trinity practical examinations.
Aimée teaches violin to students of all ages and skill levels.
She is able to prepare students for ABRSM and Trinity graded exams, but if students do not wish to undertake specific exams, she still believes that it is important to include both technique and repertoire in lessons for optimal progress. She aims to structure each student’s lessons according to their unique needs, abilities and interests. A few key elements to be included are:
• intonation and left-hand technique
• bow hold and right-hand technique
• tone and sound production
• musicality and phrasing
Aimée is trained in the Colourstrings violin teaching method for very young beginners, and has used this with much success. However, she is flexible in this regard and aims to optimise students’ progress by keeping their lessons interesting, varied and fun.
Aimée teaches viola to students of all ages, from beginners to intermediate-level students, and is able to prepare students for formal exams.
She specifically enjoys teaching students who are in the process of transitioning from violin to viola. She focuses on helping them in the following key areas:
• reading the alto clef
• understanding the subtle technical differences between the violin and the viola
• finding a comfortable set-up
• avoiding instrument-specific injuries
Aimée specialises in teaching classical music.
During a first lesson, Aimée likes to chat with her new student (and/or their parents) about their goals, and about their previous musical training (if applicable). This helps new students to feel comfortable, and also allows Aimée to prepare for upcoming lessons. If a student can already play something on the violin or viola, she would love to hear it!
Aimée would be happy to offer guidance in terms of where to find a suitable instrument and adjusting its set-up. Don’t worry about anything beyond the instrument itself - Aimée will take things further, offering advice and recommendations when necessary.
Aimée is approachable and friendly, so if you have any questions at all, she will be happy to answer them!