Teaching philosophy

There is no-one who cannot learn to play an instrument. Sound and breath are the ingredients required. Perhaps also patience, curiosity and imagination, but these come later.

Beginner flute players are invariably frustrated by the instrument's ability to sabotage them at any moment. As they develop they discover the mental gymnastics of trying to read notes, blow and move fingers all at once. Then perhaps you have found a wonderful rich sound, but how on earth do you tongue a single note without an explosion of fizzing air. The more advanced player may be amazed at how their body suddenly forgets how to breathe, something it has been doing since birth. Or how one finger is determined not to move when it should.

This is all part of the game of music - and it is fun! With a bit of creativity and determination, a few sneaky tricks and some laughter, it is immensely rewarding to overcome each obstacle.

This is also the reason to find a great teacher. They have gone before you! They know the challenges. They know the solutions. They also bring a passion for playing this game of music making that will inspire you keep on keeping on.

I firmly believe there must be an authenticity in teaching. I not only teach the things I know, I teach the things I am learning, and the things I struggle with.

I adopt any student's challenges as my own. Maybe I will have a solution, but if I don't I will try until I find one.

I share my passion for sound, music and expression, as it exists in my own journey of learning the flute.

And I really love to see students develop as both musicians and individuals.