This is where you can find out a bit about what I offer teaching wise.
My small private business is based in Selly Oak, Birmingham UK where I teach violin & voice from my home. Whether you are looking to learn as a beginner or as an established player I can offer a tailored teaching experience for you. I have many years of teaching experience privately and have been with the Birmingham Music Service for 9 years so far.
I have a 2:1 degree from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in Music and all ages & abilities are welcome.
I enter students for exams with the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exam board and have done so very successfully for many years.
If taking exams is not for you then come and learn for fun, folk, classical, jazz. I can find something to suit you.
Here’s a little video of Lucy who was about to take her grade 2 violin. Her mum caught us rehearsing in our last lesson! June 2019.
A typical lesson would be in my home, relaxed and very much led by you or your child. I like to start off beginners by using the Suzuki method material and ethos. I am not Suzuki trained but very much lean towards this way of teaching. If the student has difficulty reading the music then we learn aurally and take the music at the students pace. If you are doing exams then the material comes with a learning CD to take home so that practise is made more fun and the student has a really good idea of where they are heading performance wise.
Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay in lessons so that they can support their child with practice at home.
Parent: ‘ Ruth is the best teacher we have ever had for violin, and we’ve had a few! Her patience shows throughout all of her amazing teaching methods and the progress my son is making with her is incredible. Ruth is a great violinist herself and her gigs are fun to watch and a great day out. She can find ways of making time for your lesson at nearly every available time and makes sure your half hour or one hour is well spent. She has so much enthusiasm for teaching a subject she loves, it is inspiring! It is obvious that my son enjoys his lessons with Ruth and we will carry on having her as a teacher for as long as possible.’ July 2018
Student age 10: ‘Ruth is my violin teacher and I really enjoy lessons with her. She s very patient which is helpful as I am encouraged to try hard; she suggests ideas on how to improve that help every single time. I have learnt so much with her and my playing technique has come up greatly as well as my repertoire. She will never get angry if you make a mistake and is always keen to help and offer great advice to help you improve. Ruth is so kind & with her help, I have become a better player. ‘ July 2018
Parent: ‘Ruth’s gentle enthusiasm and warmth, combined with just enough no nonsense persistence, has helped my daughter to genuinely love playing the violin.‘ July 2018
Student age 10: ‘Ruth is patient with my learning, so in the end I always get it right.’ July 2018
Parent: ‘ My daughter loves her violin lessons with Ruth and has made good progress.‘ July 2018
Parent: ‘After a year of lessons in a group setting we decided that individual lessons would suit our 7 yr old better. Ruth came highly recommended and we are over the moon with our daughters’ progress. She freely admits she loves her lessons and enjoys her time with Ruth so much we have been banned from the room! Ruth is kind and talented and gets the best out of our daughter because, like all good teachers, she has taken the time to get to know her and what makes her tick.’ July 2018
Student age 12: ‘ Ruth is lovely to be taught by as she is patient and kind, especially when you’re not sure about something.’ July 2018
I HAVE A FEW SLOTS LEFT BUT THE LIMITED SPACES ARE RUNNING OUT!