I have been teaching face-to-face lessons for the past 30 years. Now, due to the coronavirus pandemic, like many instrumental teachers, I have moved to an online format. I have found this very exciting and illuminating! In fact, I have experienced such good results with this provision, I now favour online tuition over the traditional weekly face-to-face format.
I offer personalised lessons via asynchronous tuition. This means that pupils work from tutorial videos, making their own videos which they then submit for review. In response, I make a video review, personalised to the pupil and greeting them by name, which evaluates their video in detail. During the review, work is set for the following period (typically a fortnight but varying from pupil to pupil); links to the review itself plus all necessary tutorial and demonstration videos are emailed in return.
'Sending' of videos takes place via unlisted or private links on YouTube, so there are no big files to download. Likewise, the pupil's video is uploaded (by a parent) on an unlisted or private link. I will view it but not download it or share it; the parent retains control of it and as soon as they receive the relevant review, they may remove it if they wish.
Receive the lesson when it best suits the pupil, and as many times as the pupil requires.
No car journeys to make! Missed lessons are a thing of the past!
No wasted tuition time due to unstable internet connection, poor sound transmission, forgotten lesson appointments etc
No need for a parent to choose between sitting in on the lesson, perhaps putting the pupil off, or not being present but then feeling uninvolved and powerless to help with practice.
Online asynchronous tuition may not suit all pupils, but it can certainly have signifcant benefits over other forms of tuition, and as you can see from the comments below, it has met with an enthusiastic response from those who have tried it! Should you feel it might suit you and your child, I would be delighted to discuss this with you. Please fill in the contact form below and I will email you to arrange to talk, preferably by video call, for example using Jitsi Meet, Zoom or FaceTime.
I currently have availability especially for beginner pupils who are approximately age 5-10. It may also be possible for me to accept non-beginners. Please fill in the form to book your call.
*Standard 3-month package, £200
6 x personalised video reviews
- Up to 2 additional reviews will be included at my discretion if required
- Option to purchase additional reviews @£15 ea. (These are also available to extend your package into a school holiday period)
- Bow skills videos & left hand skills videos, set appropriately
- Links to tutorial and demonstration videos supplied, appropriate to next stages of progress
- Answers to queries arising from practice available via email
- Membership for parents, of a private, dedicated facebook group where you can join with other parents of my pupils to comment, ask questions and advice and view helper videos eg how to tune, how to rosin the bow, etc.
(*The Standard package is designed to cover one school term. A pro-rata shorter package may be offered if you wish to apply to start in the middle of a school term. A short trial package will be designed for new pupils.)
I can offer advice on hire or purchase, including recommending the best size and type. I strongly recommend seeking advice from a trusted teacher before purchasing any instrument, even where the retailer offers assurances over quality, set up and size. There are many different aspects to consider and I would be delighted to help you navigate through the many options.
BMus (Hons) (Manchester)MMus (Performance) (Sheffield);
LRAM (Royal Academy of Music); PGCE (Plymouth/Rolle)
Member of Incorporated Society of Musicians, with Registered Private Teacher status (*)
(* includes updating DBS check)
Member of European String Teachers Association
"This video is fantastic Sarah. I can’t believe you’ve adapted to online so quickly and proficiently!
"Thank you very much for these really detailed videos."
"Thank you for the videos. My daughter watched them straight away and really appreciated your comments and is taking things on board. She told me she likes this way of learning."
"The video was fantastic. It’s nice to see/hear you play!
We will follow up all your points in the following days."
Thank you for your feedback videos, which are useful. Have you sent out the practice sheet pdf? It looks useful. I made some notes, anyway.