I started to learn the piano when I was 4 years old, then took up the flute when I was 8.
As a child I was surrounded by music and took part in all sorts of musical activities. I played in various youth orchestras, I loved the school choir and I was even one of the Sproughton Handbell Ringers!
I often took part in the Suffolk Music Festival and in various classes was placed 3rd, 2nd and 1st! When I was 15, I gained 2nd place with a Distinction for grades 7 & 8 for 'Piano Playing at Sight'. As you may know, this is where you play music you've never seen before.
I attended the Ipswich High School where I gained my Music O'Level and A'Level. When I was 16, I passed my Grade 8 on the flute with Distinction and when I was 18, I passed my Grade 8 on the piano with Merit.
On the piano, I gained my Music Teaching Diploma with the London College of Music. I started by teaching both the piano and flute and now concentrate on just teaching the piano and have been teaching from my home at 84 Radcliffe Drive, Ipswich for around 20 years.
I've had some wonderful teachers and I find it so rewarding to now teach other people how to play the piano and to be able to pass on my knowledge. I have some pupils who I taught as children and have returned for more lessons as adults. It’s always so lovely to see my old pupils again. While most of my pupils live in and around Ipswich, some of my pupils travel to me for weekly lessons from much further afield.
As a teacher, I know how important it is to be patient and I always try to be patient and kind to all my pupils so they can enjoy learning and progress well.