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Teaching and Community Work

I tutor students of all ages and abilities on saxophone and violin. I also run coaching sessions and workshops on performing music, from beginners to finalists of Gloucestershire Young Musician, ranging in age from 6-76! These include confidence, stage presence, and sharing love of music with an audience. If you would like a saxophone workshop, a performance workshop, an individual lesson on saxophone, violin or performance or something similar, please get in touch!

I am thrilled to be joining the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Committee on the Status of Women Mentoring Program 2021–2022, mentored by Dr. Holly De Caigny. The mentorship centres around developing a community music initiative, so watch this space!

 

Teaching

I have experience teaching students of all ages, from pre-school age to post retirement. I have worked at The Big String with Gloucestershire Academy of Music, Cheltenham Everyman Senior Summer School, ran workshops in schools, and have taught the saxophone and violin live on Radio Gloucestershire! I have an enhanced DBS, experience and training in facilitation as a volunteer facilitator with Voluntary Services Overseas and with The Door Youth project as a volunteer youth mentor.

"Lydia is great fun, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. She has helped me to progress at a fast pace, build confidence and enjoy learning." Adult learner.

"Lydia is proving to be a terrific teacher. Patient with this beginner." Adult learner.

"Lydia is kind, supportive and very patient. She knows exactly when to push or reign you in whilst keeping you motivated. Under Lydia’s brilliant tutoring I have gone from not knowing how to play or read a note to having passed my Grade 2 with a Distinction in one year." Adult learner.

"Lydia is a great teacher. She is positive and encouraging and explains things well." Adult learner.

"I enjoy lessons [with Lydia], she gives me lots of inspiration an it makes me want to practice every day!" 9 year old learner.

Workshops

Introduction to the Saxophone: I run workshops and assemblies for school groups which are very popular. Each assembly involves an introduction to the history of the saxophone, the science of sound, and musicianship. Pre-covid, students also had the opportunity to have a go making a sound.

"Amazing. Brilliant. A born teacher." (Music Lead teacher)

"Great stage presence. A natural musician. Very approachable." (Music teacher and composer)

"Great rapport with the children, inviting their opinions, and even getting some to have a go." (Teacher)

"It's easy to play the saxophone with a great big puff." (Year 2)

"Made me want to play the sax." (Year 4)

The Art of Performance: Performing Music workshops for music students aged 6–20 in collaboration with Gloucestershire Academy of Music. These involve dealing with nerves, being a musical superhero, flouncing on to stage, speaking and writing interesting introductions, musical movement and telling stories through music.

"I liked the shaking the nerves away and walking on practice. I learnt how to flounce!"

"My favourite was directing Lydia and thinking about musical movement for dances and for sad pieces."

Music in the Community

 

NASA CSW: I am thrilled to be joining the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Committee on the Status of Women Mentoring Program 2021–2022, mentored by Dr. Holly De Caigny. The mentorship centres around developing a community music initiative, so watch this space!

Open Arms: I am delighted to be an Associate Artist with Open Arms Artists' Collective, a wonderful charity which specialises in working with people living with dementia and their supporters/carers in community venues, care settings, homes, gardens and on doorsteps.

Opportutoring: I am a tutor and team liaison with the London Chapter of Opportutoring. I am also the lead training facilitator, giving talks and leading discussions on training and continued support for our international team of tutors. I have led 2 recruitments rounds, and supported students, tutors and team liaisons. I use my experience teaching music and facilitating volunteer training, along with my TEFL 2020, to talk about lesson structure, giving useful feedback and cross-cultural learning.