Jo Ball: Ulverston, Cumbria

Qualifications PGCE

Teaches Violin & Viola

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Locale Ulverston, Dalton-in-Furness, Barrow-in-Furness, Grange-over-sands, Coniston

Jo is an experienced school teacher and particularly enjoys teaching violin and viola to younger children. She teaches primary and nursery aged children in several local schools and with the Furness Music Centre [just south of the Lake District].

Violin & Violababies and Jo

The Stringbabies method is a really lovely way to introduce young children to the violin/viola. It appealed to me immediately. It is fun and makes learning music seem really straightforward.

My thoughts on teaching music

My main aim is that a child develops a love of music, en-joys lessons and wants to play. As a school teacher I know that playing a musical instrument fosters many skills that help with other parts of learning and life!

Musical experience

I played the violin and viola by ear from childhood and it is only in adulthood and after having my own children that I have studied classical music more formally (I am currently studying at diploma level). I play with several local orchestras including Furness Music Centre, Windermere Orchestra, Furness Festival Orchestra and Lake-land Sinfonia.

I had been a school teacher for many years and then began teaching violin and viola as a way to develop my own playing. I found that I loved it so much that it has taken over from classroom teaching.

I believe that we never stop learning and so attend regular training and CPD courses to make sure that my teaching is up to date and follows best practice. This includes teacher study days at RNCM and a week of summer school with ESTA.

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