Music Studio

From her home music studio in the North-East of Glasgow, Christine provides her students with an individually tailored and well-rounded musical education.  This focuses not only on learning to the play an instrument, but also understanding music theory, reading musical notation, ear training and composition. She places a strong emphasis on independent learning, building confidence in performance and sharing her passion for music-making.  Students have the opportunity to take graded practical exams through ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall, RCS & LCM exam boards. However, this is by no means compulsory and many students opt to take lessons purely as a means of enjoyment. Christine is proud to retain a 100% pass rate over a period of 10 years of teaching.  Many of Christine’s students have achieved distinction at Grade 8 level and have gone on to win Musician of the Year competitions, study music at universities and graduate to music conservatoires. 

Christine regularly teaches in Scottish Primary and Secondary schools, inspired by Kodaly techniques which she integrates into her fun and active teaching methods.  She also prepares pupils for SQA examinations - Higher, Advanced Higher and National Qualifications.  Under the Curriculum for Excellence, Christine combines the listening exam syllabus with composition guidance and works with each pupil to ensure they present a performance recital which will demonstrate artistic flair and talent on their instruments.

Teaching all ages and abilities, Christine's tuition is in high demand.  Have you always wanted to learn an instrument but never got round to it? Or maybe you would like to get back into playing after a long time? Many of Christine's students are young professionals, working parents or are retired.

Get in touch to try out your first lesson for free!  

Lesson Information

Holiday Dates 

12th - 20th Oct 2019

21st Dec - 5th Jan 2020

4th - 19th April 2020

27th Jun - 16th Aug 2019

 

Tuition fees

Monthly tuition is calculated by including the cost of 40 lessons throughout the academic year. 

The total amount will be divided into 12 monthly statements.

Please note that you are paying for a set number of lessons a year, regardless of the number of lessons the month has. 

The fees below are for UK students only, overseas student fees may vary if using methods other than bank transfer/direct debit. 

£65 per month for 30 min weekly tuition

£90 per month for 45 min weekly tuition

£120 per month for 60 min weekly tuition

Payment is requested by standing order/direct debit in advance at the beginning of each month.

 Missed Lessons 

You are expected to attend every lesson. Missed lessons will only be rescheduled in extenuating circumstances, where at least 10 days notice has been given.  This is due to Christine's extremely busy teaching schedule.  In the unlikely event that any lessons need to be cancelled by the teacher, all lessons will be rescheduled. If you wish to stop your lessons, 14 days notice is required. 

Term Dates Session 2019-20                                          

19th Aug 2019 - 11th Oct 2019                                                    

21st Oct 2019 - 20th Dec 2019                                           

6th Jan 2020 - 3rd Apr 2020                                               

20th Apr 2020 - 26th Jun 2020                                             

 

Harp / Clarsach

Students learning the harp and clarsach (Scottish Harp) have the option to play a broad variety of repertoire including popular, classical, traditional and contemporary music.  Christine encourages students to perform with other harpists in duets, trios and harp ensembles.  She also strives to pass on her passion for composition and her pupils have followed in her footsteps, winning the Clarsach Society Young Composer of the Year Award.

If you are new to the harp, first consider how to hire a harp and see the student FAQs here.

 

Piano / Keyboard

 

Ukulele / Guitar

Ukulele is always a favourite for young learners and Christine is able to offer both individual and group lessons for the instrument.  Using a combination of games, songs and teaching methods, the ukulele can be started at a young age and is often the perfect introduction to music-making for children.

Moving on from the ukulele, Christine also offers a short course - 'Introduction to Guitar' where students focus on strumming patterns and building a chord bank to be able to perform a variety of songs, as well as accompaniment and songwriting.

 

Piano and keyboard lessons are tailored to the needs of each individual student and include a variety of activities and selection of resources, musical games, worksheets and puzzles.​  Musicianship skills such as sight-reading, ear training and technique are also integrated into each lesson. 

From beginners to advanced students, Christine’s piano pupils study a large range of repertoire and have the opportunity to gain qualifications in the instrument or simply learn for fun.

Theory of Music

 

Having a thorough knowledge of music theory is a very important part of musical education. A deepened understanding of the principles of music will enhance a performer significantly and it is also a requirement to have obtained Grade 5 Theory of Music before sitting Grade 6 ABRSM exams.  Teaching theory in an enjoyable way, Christine's students always receive high marks ABRSM Theory of Music Examinations.

 

What Students Say

I just wanted to say how much we think our daughter has improved since you took her on.  She can now sightread much better and is very motivated.  I think you are a pretty inspirational teacher!  Our previous teacher would never have let her do things like the Greatest Showman!  I am so pleased I found you and you could fit us in.

SHAUNA, PARENT

I’ve really enjoyed learning to play, and that’s because of you being a fab teacher and also a friend.  I’ve had lots of fun being taught by you and have loved your good advice and the giggles!

STACIE, STUDENT, AGE 13

I just wanted to get in touch to say how great your lessons are. My daughter has been coming home every Monday RAVING about her music lesson; keen to tell me EVERYTHING she has learned - and I mean everything. You are hugely inspiring to children and engage with them on their level!

LYNDA, PARENT

As an older player who has taken up the harp recently, Christine has tailor made her lessons to suit my needs.  She’s helped build my confidence and encouraged me to perform.  I have enjoyed expanding my repertoire of music especially trying out different genres of tunes as well as Scottish favourites. I think it has been good to also think about performances and appreciated the encouragement to personalise tunes.  I really enjoy the fact that Christine so reliable (even if I am not!) and patient with me and always encouraging and organised.

SHONA, ADULT LEARNER

Thank you very much for teaching me how to play the piano over the last 3 years. I have thoroughly enjoyed every lesson.  You are a fantastic teacher.

SHERIE, STUDENT, AGE 9

Making music is such fun and I’m glad I took it up.  I love my harp lessons and as always, I’ve enjoyed every one of them and certainly feel the benefit of your expert tuition. It’s always a delight to come for my lessons and take on new challenges week by week.

MOIRA, ADULT LEARNER