I began learning to play the clarinet with Elaine about 2 years ago and have had fortnightly lessons since.I had no prior experience of studying music or playing an instrument. I have found Elaine to be a very encouraging and enabling teacher. She has a very student centred philosophy towards teaching, is happy to go at the student's pace and follow their interests.We have used a tutor book and classical pieces but Elaine is also very happy for me to bring along pieces of music to my taste, which she has helped me to play and also created accompaniments to, on the piano. Though I came with no knowledge I have never felt self conscious or out of my depth. I find her inspiring & she always focusses on positives. Her relaxed style is backed up with expertise and many years of playing and teaching.
Elaine is generous with her time, always alert, attentive & extremely intuitive. She sometimes accompanies me on the piano or her clarinet. Lessons are enjoyable, in fact,a real joy and I can wholeheartedly recommend Elaine as a teacher.
Paul, 53, Probation Deputy Manager
Before I had lessons with Elaine I didn't enjoy clarinet half as much as now. Elaine used the 'Prep Test' to help me gain confidence & now I've passed my Grade One exam too! In lessons we often end up laughing & it doesn't matter if I get it wrong.in fact Elaine says its great to have 'different' notes to talk about and experiment with.
I started piano lessons with Elaine about 3 months ago. From the first lesson I felt at ease with her professional, practical approach to teaching. Elaine's approach is never condescending, always encouraging and positive. I've wanted to play the piano for over twenty years and believe, with Elaine's teaching my goal will be achieved.
Darryn 45, Chief Exec. of a law firm.
I would really recommend Elaine as any children's piano teacher. My son Tommy has been with her since 2010 when he was 4. He achieves high Distinctions in his exams & is now working on Grade 8 Piano , having attained Grade 5 Theory aged.8 and a Distinction at Grade 7 Piano at 9yrs.. Elaine is very experienced, knowledgeable, hard working and plans well.
Tommy gets to play in Elaine'sConcerts & others into which Elaine enters him, also Festivals and Competitions. In 2014 Tommy was the UK EPTA HIgher Intermediate Winner at Chethams Manchester. Also that year Tommy was succesful in the Piano Solo, Open & Repertoire Classes at the Selston Music Festival, and finally adjudged Overall Festival Winner. Following this he was offered assessment for a place at the prestigious Royal Academy Of Music in London's Junior School.
Tommy enjoys Elaine's holistic approach incorporating, music history, harmony & analysis in a light hearted way, & he likes to compose.I have really appreciated her teaching of the real essence of music for Tommy.
Ying Ying, Parent.
After I lost my Mum for whom I was full-time carer, there was such a huge hole in my life. Reviving playing the piano, which my Mum had encouraged as a child, helped fill that gap. With her added experience as a Grief & Loss Counsellor, seeing Elaine each week for our piano 'sessions' gave me something to keep going for and aim for through the difficult early months. Music and Elaine gave me a way to express my feelings and come to terms with my loss. I felt that out of all the dark grief, had emerged something new and beautiful. I played for my Mum, & I played for me and the future.
I used to have piano lessons with Elaine which I enjoyed, especially the music theory. I wasn't very keen to practise as using my hands can be a problem. I started the clarinet instead which at first was uncomfortable for my hands but Elaine (& Mick her husband) adapted my clarinet to suit me. Now it's comfortable and I'm getting on fine.
Having recently retired from teaching, with time to pursue activities I'd always wanted, I took the plunge! This was not without some misgivings about putting myself in the 'pupil' situation, feelings of trepidation and anxiety. Now, nearly 2 years later I can wholeheartedly recommend learning to play the piano. It is fulfilling and provides enjoyment, personal expression, and in a non threatening, non competitive way in a positive environment. If you are undecided about lessons, why not try some? I only wish I had begun decades earlier!
Milly, retired Headteacher.
Elaine has been excellent in inspiring & developing my son's musical abilities. My son has Special Needs & many other Music Teachers haven't been able to accommodate this. Elaine always puts my son at ease with a friendly & reassuring attitude, which has really helped him to thrive. I would really recommend Elaine as a skilled & talented Music Teacher.
I began having lessons with Elaine just over a year ago, as a beginner. I have already developed a range of different skills & achieved a Distinction at Grade One. Before I began to learn with Elaine, my co-ordination wasn't good & my confidence was low. Through her lessons I have develpoed good co-ordination & my confidence has risen dramatically, so much so, I was able to play in one of her Concerts & am now preparing for a Music Festival.
Elaine makes learning fun & I thoroughly enjoy my lessons. Elaine has an amazing talent as a teacher & is also a caring person who really believes in her students. She loves to see you grow & succeed & is thrilled when this occurs.
Lydia, 14, Student.
Hearing my retired parents play, I too wanted to play, so I got a clarinet & went to Elaine for lessons.
I have not looked back. Her teaching style is unique and also very enjoyable!
I wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending Elaine to anyone who wants to play, at any age.
Eric, 48, Refuse Operative.
I played the clarinet at school more than 25 years ago to Grade 5 standard. Last year I decided I would like to take it up again. I bought a clarinet & after a few months of haphazard practice on my own, in March 2012, I plucked up the courage to contact Elaine.
Teaching a 43 yr old to improve her playing must have its' challenges, but Elaine is very encouraging and motivational.
I always look forward to my fortnightly Wednesday evening lesson. She makes them fun but at the same time very productive & I always feel at ease.
Elaine encourages me to reach my full potential and after only a few months of lessons with Elaine I felt I made great strides. In 2014 I gained Distinction in Grade 5 Music Theory and Distinction in Grade 6 Clarinet, In 2015 I gained Grade 7 with Merit. I now have attained Grade 8 !!
Also I enjoy playing First Clarinet in Elaine's Phoenix Clarinet Choir.
I have been having piano lessons with Elaine since I was little, and saw my older sister enjoying lessons from when I was very small. My lessons are really fun. We play a big variety of music & Elaine makes it easy for me to understand how music works so I can read and understand new pieces outside of my lessons with friends. I've enjoyed preparing for Grades One & Two ( & got Distinctions) and am now loving all the pieces for Grade Three. My lessons have been via Zoom since March, (it's now September 2020) due to Covid. Its been different, but still great fun and we've sometimeshad groups of us playing to each other on screen , just like we used to in Elaine's concerts.
Rishikesh age 9.
I retired from lecturing in Chemical Engineering in 2018 and decided to restart progressing my tenor recorder. Having lessons with Elaine has REALLY enthused me; not only am I always learning new technical skills, but my broader musical appreciation has developed and adds a new dimension to life. Great fun, especially the Concerts and playing in our Phoenix Recorder Group.
Dr. Paul Langston.
've been learning music with Elaine for four years. I say learning music because my lessons are a very complete experience. Elaine started teaching me the piano and music theory but she always manages to get in a little more musicianship! I work in education so I am very busy and don't always find the time to practise. Despite this, I can definitely see progress. I look forward to my fortnightly lessons and it's just time for me.
I also started the clarinet with Elaine a few months ago so my music lessons are varied and exciting. Elaine is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and very kind. She takes the time to get to know you and works with your strengths as well as giving you challenges so that you experience growth. I recommend her very highly.
Sarah, Senior SEN. Coordinator.
After my previous amazing piano teacher had left, I visited so many teachers and was losing hope of finding another one like her. I found Elaine's number and was told she was a great teacher so I thought I'd give her a try.
From the first time I met her I knew she would be perfect for me. Elaine has really grown my confidence and I feel like a whole new person now. She has supported me through difficult times, not just exams but more than I could imagine and I can't thank her enough. Anyone would be lucky to have her as a teacher.
Katie, Teachign Assistant and Piano Teacher.
Elaine is a fantastic teacher whether you are six or sixty she will help you enjoy and understand how tom play. I am so happy to have found a recorder teacher who loves Baroque music as much as I do!
I'd always wanted to play the piano as well but it wasn't until I retired until I had the time. Elaine has been wonderful. The breadth of her muscial knowledge is astouding, yet she teaches with great compassion and care. Her understanding, tailored approach really helps you learn the best way for you. I've even passed my first music exam, something I thought I could never do.
Lindsey, Retired Editor.