I was lucky to have a childhood filled with music. I played with orchestras and bands as a flautist and violinist, performed in piano concerts and competitions, and travelled abroad with music groups. These were fantastic experiences and I love creating opportunities like these for others.
I passed Grade 8 piano with distinction in 1995 and began teaching piano and flute shortly after. In the same year I accepted my first professional accompanist job with Prudhoe Community Choir in Northumberland. In 1998 I moved to Yorkshire, where I have happily combined life as a mum, speech therapist and musician ever since.
I'm Becs – musician, fully qualified music teacher, and mum! I've been accompanying, directing and teaching music since 1995 and I absolutely love what I do.
I also practiced as a Speech Therapist specialising in learning disabilities for 15 years. My passion for inclusion and access to opportunities in music runs through my work.
You can find out more about the values that underpin my love of music and my teaching approach here, or scroll down for more about my background and qualifications.
For more detail, you could read my interview with My Music Teaching Success from 2018 here.
Accompanist / Musical Director: I work as a Musical Director / Accompanist for Bradford and Airedale Youth Choir and Ilkley Youth Choir. From 2015 to 2019 I also worked with Village Voices, Barnsley Singers and Barnsley Youth Choir. I provide piano accompaniment for music exams / performances on a freelance basis - find out more on the accompaniment page.
Tuition: I teach piano, flute and music theory to children and adults of all ages and abilities. Support with GCSE and A-level Music is also available. Lessons take place at The Studio in Bingley, or online - find out more on the Piano/Flute Tuition page. Guitar tuition is provided by external tutors; find out more on the Guitar Tuition page.
Grade 5 Theory Of Music (ABRSM, 1991)
Grade 8 Piano, Distinction (ABRSM, 1995)
Grade 8 Flute, Distinction (LCM, 2020)
BMedSci (University of Sheffield, 2002)
NLP Practitioner (ILM, 2013)
MClinRes (University of Manchester, 2016)
Teaching Diploma (DipLCM, 2020)
Basic Conducting Skills (ABCD, 2018)
Conducting Skills: Moving Forwards (ABCD, 2019)
Kodály Musicianship Education and Conducting (Kodály UK, 2019)
Piano Technique (PTC, 2020)
Working With Beginners (PTC, 2020)
Teaching Beginner Flute (Flute Roots, 2021)
I am a member of the Musician's Union, the British Flute Society, Making Music, and The Curious Piano Teachers.
I hold full insurance, an enhanced DBS check, and up-to-date certificates in Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Children.
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