I have enjoyed a varied and lively career teaching the ‘cello (and a small amount of double bass) privately and in many different school settings over the past 30 years. I studied the ‘cello at the Victorian College of the Arts completing a BA in music and then played professionally around Melbourne for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, State Orchestra of Victoria, for film and TV and in the pit orchestras for various musicals.
In 1990 I moved to the UK to further my ‘cello studies taking lessons with Alexander Baillie and Christopher Bunting. This then led on to a full time lower strings teaching position for the Buckinghamshire Music Service in the UK which I held until Dec 1998 when I returned to Australia. Since then I have enjoyed teaching in a variety of private, catholic and government schools around Melbourne.
Due to my extensive teaching experience in two countries I am familiar with preparing students for VCE, AMEB, Trinity and ABRSM and have entered many students for all four examination systems. Almost all of my pupils gain a B or higher and many achieve A’s and A+’s. In 1998 one of my students won the Marguerite Swan Memorial Prize for achieving the highest result for her Grade 7 ABRSM ‘cello examination in the UK that year. More recently another student was awarded an A+ for her VCE Music Performance exam after just 5 years on the instrument and a few others have gained music scholarships to private schools. At the other end of the scale I have taught a number of funded special needs children both privately and in compulsory string programs and have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of giving them the best possible instrumental music experience.