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About Katie C.
Katie is based in Huddersfield and has been teaching for 20 years. Her skills enable her to quickly demonstrate and teach music to students by ear, standard notation, or whatever approach the student feels most comfortable in. With her background of classical training and touring with rock bands, Katie has a wide variety of experience in performing. She is friendly and patient, with a passion for all things musical!
Katie's priority as a teacher is to put the student first in terms of the music they are interested in, and alter her teaching approach to suit each individual, whatever their needs may be. The lesson is all about the student; what they want to achieve be it grading or personal goals, or simply to enjoy playing music for the love of it ! Katie has tutored many students over the years for music exams, with the boards ABRSM and ROCKSCHOOL, with a 100% pass rate, with theory of music offered also.
Katie is skilled at arranging music, so that any piece of music the student wishes to learn can be adapted to a suitable level. The most important aspect is to start playing the music that you, the student enjoy!
MA in Music, Composition
BA Hons in Music
PGCE in Music
Grade 8 Distinction - Piano
Grade 8 Distinction - Violin
Grade 5 Music Theory
Currently working towards grade 8 in Classical Guitar.
Teaching in Piano / Keyboard
Beginner to advanced, 7 Years of age upwards. ABRSM or ROCKSCHOOL Exams offered.
- Basic warm ups
- Becoming familiar with the notes and where they are
- How to read music if desired
- Building a repertoire of music the student is interested in
- Notation, sight reading and theory
- How to get the best out of your keyboard, controls and functions explained
Teaching in Violin
Beginner to advanced, 7 Years of age upwards. ABRSM exams offered.
- Warm ups
- Learning to read music if desired
- Bow control
Teaching in Guitar or Bass (ROCK)
Beginner to advanced, 7 Years of age upwards. ROCKSCHOOL Exams offered.
- Becoming comfortable with the fretboard
- How to read TAB if desired
- Building a repertoire of your favourite riffs/rock classics!
- Picking techniques and strumming
- Using the correct gear/pedals
Teaching in Guitar (Classical) ABRSM Exams Offered!
- Warm ups and scales
- Introduction to different playing styles
- Becoming confident with the fretboard
Katie specialises in Classical, but can teach pop, rock , blues and metal also. Katie has a strong interest in crossing over musical styles (guitar rock/metal to the piano, rock music to the violin etc. ) This can be very exciting and interesting, learning your favourite song on an instrument you didn't think it could work upon ! Film music, Jingles, Gaming music and your favourite T.V. programmes all have a wealth of music to draw upon !
A first lesson will typically be a chat with the student, to find out about their goals and preferred musical tastes. Dependant on the student's experience, we would then look at simple warm ups and becoming accustomed to the new instrument at a basic level. Owning your own instrument will be necessary after the first lesson for practice purposes.
A lesson for beginners will involve a chat, getting to know what the student wants to learn and a demonstration of easy warm ups. It does not matter what level you are at, it is totally normal to be unsure at first. I am very happy to answer any questions you may have!