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Teaching and facilitating

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!

 

Teaching

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. I have experience teaching pre-school age to post retirement students. I have worked at The Big String with Gloucestershire Academy of Music, worked at Cheltenham Everyman Senior Summer School, run workshops in schools, and have taught the saxophone and violin live on Radio Gloucestershire!

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

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

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

"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."

Workshops

Introduction to the Saxophone

I run workshops and assemblies for school groups which are very popular.

"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 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."

Tutoring and training with 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 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.