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About Katy R
Katy is a dynamic and enthusiastic teacher who inspires confidence and aims to nurture a real love for music in her students. With a BA (Hons) Music degree and a MA in Ethnomusicology, she is a versatile musician with a thorough grounding in a wide variety of musical styles. She loves to share this passion in her teaching, and currently teaches students from a really wide range of backgrounds and ages (from 7 to 70+!). She is also a professional freelance musician, mainly (but not exclusively!) within the genre of folk and traditional music. When not teaching or performing, she loves experimenting with new styles and learning new instruments.
Teaching in flute/saxophone/whistle/clarinet/acoustic guitar/vocals
- Katy teaches flute and saxophone to students of any level aged 8+
- She teaches whistle to students of any age and level
- She teaches acoustic guitar, piano and singing at beginner/intermediate level to students of any age
- She teaches clarinet at beginner/intermediate level to students aged 8+
Katy approaches her lessons as a partnership with students; helping you to work out your goals, and using her skills and experience as a teacher/professional musician to allow you to achieve these. Above all, she aims to make learning and playing your instrument a really enriching and enjoyable experience.
Katy’s lessons are tailored towards each student, but generally she sets out help you gain a really broad and comprehensive understanding of music. Lessons can encompass not only developing good technique, reading notation and aspects of music theory, but also being comfortable playing by ear - overall, developing the skills which will allow you to become a really confident, competent and creative musician.
She is happy to help you work towards graded examinations in flute/saxophone (up to Grade 8) and clarinet (up to Grade 5).
Katy is happy to teach any genre. She specialises in folk music, and was classically trained, but also has experience of playing and teaching a broad range of styles, including even more the unusual (e.g. klezmer).
This is all about putting you at ease, getting to know a bit about you and your musical experience (maybe over a cuppa!), and together starting to think about what you’d like to get out of your lessons. If you are new to your instrument, Katy will start with some basics to make sure that you have a grasp of how to hold/blow/play your instrument, to ensure that you are able to practice at home on your own. If you’re not completely new to your instrument, she might ask if you’d like to play a piece which you enjoy/are already familiar with. Overall, she would try to make it a really enjoyable and worthwhile experience, and would not ask you to play anything that puts you out of your comfort zone.
Just bring yourself and your instrument! (If you don’t have your own instrument yet, there may be a possibility that Katy can loan you an instrument for a short time). If you’ve got any tutor books, or songs or tunes you’d particularly like to learn or work towards, bring these along too, but don’t worry if not.