Accompanist / Musical Director: I work as a Musical Director / Accompanist for Bradford and Airedale Youth Choir, Bingley Amateurs, Ilkley Youth Choir and Morrison's HQ Choir. From 2015 to 2019 I also worked with Village Voices choir, Barnsley Singers and Barnsley Youth Choir. I also provide piano accompaniment for music exams / performances on a freelance basis. You can find out more on the accompaniment page.
Teaching: 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 in Bingley and surrounding areas - find out more on the lessons page.
Learning Disabilities: This was my specialist field for 15 years as a speech therapist. I am passionate about inclusion and I believe everyone can benefit from access to music. I provide flexible, personalized opportunities for children and adults with additional needs. Please get in touch if you think I can help you or someone you care for engage in music.
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.
Grade 5 Theory Of Music (ABRSM, 1991)
Grade 8 Piano (ABRSM, 1995)
BMedSci (University of Sheffield, 2002)
Grade 7 Flute (ABRSM, 2007)
NLP Practitioner and Coach (Institute of Leadership and Management, 2013)
MClinRes (University of Manchester, 2016)
Basic Conducting Skills (ABCD, 2018)
Conducting Skills: Moving Forwards (ABCD, 2019)
Kodály Musicianship Education and Conducting (Kodály UK, 2019)
I am a member of the Musician's Union, with full insurance and an enhanced DBS check.
I hold up-to-date certificates in Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Children.
Hello, I'm Becs – musician, 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 in learning disabilities for 15 years and my passion for inclusion runs through my work in music.
You can find out more about the values and principles that underpin my love of music and my teaching approach here, or scroll down for more about my background and qualifications.
Or for more detail, you could read my interview with My Music Teaching Success from 2018 here.