Elizabeth Heather: Sawston, Cambridge

Qualifications GRSM, LRAM (viola teacher)

Teaches Violin & Viola

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Locale Sawston, Stapleford, Pampisford, Duxford, Babraham, Great and Little Shelford, Trumpington, Cambridge

Liz lives in Sawston and teaches violin and viola, both at home and in a local primary school.

Elizabeth Heather,  Sawston Cambridge

Violin & Violababies and Elizabeth

Stringbabies is the framework I have been looking for in which to introduce the violin/viola to young children and provide them with a positive first musical experience. I love the clever use of symbols, which lead naturally into reading conventional musical notation.

My thoughts on teaching music

I aim to provide a relaxed environment in which children can enjoy learning at their own pace. I think one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching is when pupils realize that they have managed to achieve something they had initially not thought possible and go on to set further challenges for themselves, becoming independent learners.

I am happy to prepare pupils for exams, if they would like to do them, but equally happy if they’d rather give them a miss. Above all I want my pupils to enjoy their music.

Musical experience

My musical learning began at primary school where we were fortunate to have an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher, who taught us the recorder and had us singing in harmony and even in different languages from an early age! I started learning the violin at school at the age of 10 and changed to the viola a year later after my teacher gave me one to try and I found I loved the low sound of the C string.

I attended the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music on Saturdays and later went on to study viola and piano full time at the Royal Academy of Music for four years.  After leaving the RAM I spent the next 13 years as a member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

As a parent of two young children and having moved to Cambridgeshire I became involved with my local pre-school, joining the staff as a Play Assistant for 3 years. During my time there I enjoyed playing the piano for the children to sing to and their enthusiasm for music and their natural creativity were a big influence on my decision to begin giving instrumental tuition to children at home.

I am now a peripatetic teacher at a local primary school in Cambridgeshire as well as teaching privately in my home. In my spare time I play with an orchestra in Cambridge and make music with friends.

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