I am an enthusiastic teacher who is passionate about helping students to achieve their best through uplifting and creative online lessons. As well as being fun, learning an instrument can be exceptionally therapeutic, with the positive effects on mental health being well known.
I welcome students from beginner to advanced, and from age 5 upwards, and I offer lessons on the flute, fife, recorder, Nuvo Toot, theory and beginner piano. The fife, recorder and Nuvo Toot are very affordable instruments, and can be a fun way to start playing and learning.
Lessons are fun! They’re creative, musical and memorable. Students can’t wait to demonstrate what they’ve achieved each week! Musical games and theory are incorporated into practical lessons in fun and challenging ways, to help students gain all round knowledge right from the very start of their musical journey. Students wishing to take exams can follow either the ABRSM or Trinity syllabus, or can play for fun. I teach beginner - diploma level.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to enquire about lessons.
We are so pleased that we found Holly – it has been great to start our little person off so happily and successfully with music lessons online. Holly has managed to build a great relationship with her without even being in the same room! The time is fruitful and we are seeing amazing progress.
Holly personalises all the lessons and learning so that our daughter is interested in practising ‘her’ tunes – she makes up music about activities that are happening and encourages our daughter to compose too. She is helping her become a real musician. I can't believe how far she's come - posture, tone, music reading, rhythm, notes! Holly’s done amazing work with her - thank you Holly!
- Amy, parent of 5 year old daughter
Holly is a highly experienced teacher and workshop leader, and has worked in a variety of educational and outreach settings. She has delivered workshops, educational projects and concerts as an artist for Concordia Young Audiences, Making Music, and Music in Hospitals and Care, and has also freelanced for organisations including Lost Chord, Superact, Young Music Makers and St Paul’s Sinfonia, Greenwich. In addition to teaching privately, Holly has held teaching posts in a number of London schools, at Blackheath Conservatoire, for Lewisham Music Service, and as a regular deputy flute teacher at Junior Trinity (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance).
Holly has given flute classes at Trinity Laban, the Purcell School and the Royal Festival Hall for the Mayor’s Scholar’s Fund. She has taught at a number of flute courses and summer schools, including with Flute School London since 2016, where she ran the Junior Courses in 2017 - 2018, the E-Flute Fest - an online festival offering flautists an opportunity to share, learn and perform during lockdown - and as an assistant on Anna Noakes' flute summer school A Breath of Fresh Air. She has worked for the Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra as woodwind tutor for the orchestra, and has led flute and recorder ensembles for Lewisham Music Sevice and Deptford Music Centre.
A combination of different artistic elements - including dance, craft activities, singing and story telling - make Holly’s workshops and teaching engaging, creative and inspiring. Molly dancing, sea shanties and folk tune arrangements made her folk courses popular at the Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra 2018 Christmas course, and craft activities making dragonflies enhanced a workshop involving improvisation and performance of Red Dragonfly at Flute School London’s Junior Course in 2018.
Holly has performed interactive concerts for early years at the Wigmore Hall For Crying Out Loud series and for Piccolo - Music for Little Ears series in Peterborough, for parents, toddlers and babies.
‘Dynamic and engaging, Holly captivates an Early Years audience through her introduction to the flute and performance, with encouragement of creative music making.’ - Wallis Leahy, Wigmore Hall Learning Coordinator.
Holly's teaching qualifications include a Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL) in Instrumental Teaching with Distinction, and an MMus in Flute Performance from Trinity Laban, which included an extended study on instrumental teaching, with Distinction.