Teaching

Sarah’s Teaching Philosophies:

  • To help the student develop a relaxed tone and technique
  • To help develop constructive self criticism and a self-reliant approach
  • To help the student to explore their own individual interpretations of pieces studied
  • To encourage the student to explore a range of musical styles in some depth
  • To help develop a confident and positive approach to performance
  • To help develop an understanding of music theory

Areas of technique and repertoire to cover depending on student level:

  • Posture
  • Breathing
  • Tone development
  • Articulation
  • Correct fingerings and relaxed hand positions
  • Pitch control
  • Scales
  • Studies and exercises for tone, technique, articulation, sonority, flexibility, and freedom of phrasing
  • Pieces for graded syllabuses, baroque/classical, romantic and modern periods (including contemporary/extended techniques)

Lesson content:

  • I teach an array of students in individual lessons ranging from total beginner to highly advanced.  I like to maintain variety by covering aspects of tone, technique and repertoire in each lesson, varying the emphasis according to the current needs of the student
  • Exam preparation:  I teach the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (or its equivalent) exam syllabus for scales, sight-reading, repertoire, aural training, and theory to suit individual student requirements. I will help them prepare for the junior or senior diplomas of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM or LRSM). I am also familiar with GCSE and A level music and University performance syllabuses
  • If pupils do not require to be entered for external examinations I suggest pieces that I think the individual student will enjoy, that will help their tonal, technical, and musical development.  I am always pleased when students bring pieces to me that they wish to learn and I also enjoy working with students on pieces that are new to me, discovering the piece with them
  • Genre/styles: Baroque, classical, romantic, modern, baroque and modern flute, specialising in the following areas: baroque flute, eighteenth-century performance practice, C.P.E. Bach, and rhetoric
  • Workshops and masterclasses offered in performance practice and flute pedagogy
  • Teaching fee: £17.50 half an hour or £35 an hour both baroque and modern flute
  • Cancellation policy: 48 hours notice is required. The lesson fee will be charged unless the student can reschedule the lesson in the same teaching week.