"My daughter is 9 and had decided to quit the violin as was not enjoying her lessons at school. We read what Sally Jo wrote about making lessons fun and decided to give it a go. Suddenly my daughter is loving the violin again and really proud of the progress she is making. Sally Jo listened to and remembered the style of music my daughter wanted to play, but also has her happily practising scales and trying to improve things like posture and bowing techniques. My daughter looks forward to her lessons now and said she wishes she could have a lesson with Sally Jo on Christmas Day."
"Really lovely teacher, very encouraging and patient. Explains everything thoroughly to someone that is not at all musical. Highly recommend"
"Sally is a great teacher and very patient and positively encouraging, I was a complete novice scratching and squawking across the strings with never a complaint even though it must have been painful to her ears ( so apologies sal !)
I have learnt to sight read the music and my playing has really improved thanks to Sally, Sally pushes you just hard enough to be working and enjoying playing the fiddle and she has helped my confidence in playing greatly as a result. I would highly recommend Sally as a teacher"
A little about me:
Music has led me on many exciting journeys throughout my life and nothing brings me more joy than sharing my passion for the violin with others. I have travelled to and performed in many different countries around the world for festivals, theatre concerts and TV shows; I have also performed on recordings of many different styles of music from classical to rock to world music. This diversity of styles has always been an asset in both my performing and teaching.
I started teaching at the age of 15. My viola teacher would pass on to me any students he couldn't fit into his schedule. I realised I had a true passion for teaching so I then went on to work at various music schools in Perth (yes I'm an Aussie!) teaching violin, viola and piano. When I moved to Indonesia, I taught the violin for 10 years to a whole variety of nationalities from age 3 up to age 56. I then taught at the Mick Jagger Centre in Kent, UK for several years where I ran both private lessons as well as group lessons. Now I teach from my home in Woolpit in our lovely cosy music room!
Learn more about my performance career HERE
Violin / Viola Lessons
You may be a complete beginner; or you used to learn the violin as a child and would like to pick it up again; or you have a child who is interested in trying out the violin or the viola... Whatever the situation, I am happy to help! I am based just outside Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. Please feel free to get in touch.
Here's a little info about my teaching style:
My first violin teacher was a great inspiration to me. He was undoubtedly responsible for my love of the instrument. I later changed schools where I found myself learning from a really dull and overly strict teacher! As a result, my interest faded and I begged my parents to let me stop the lessons. They didn't give in and, luckily, we eventually found a new teacher that made learning fun and inspiring again. This difference in teachers made me realise the importance of their role and that if they are having fun and are passionate about what they do, then the student will follow. This is my motivation when I teach and I find that my students want to learn and put in the practice. I have entered many students into ABRSM exams with spectacular results which excites me just as much as it excites my students. I believe in building up confidence through consistent encouragement.
I teach all styles of violin and viola, from classical to folk to rock! For my younger students, I involve a lot of games and we have a lot of fun.
I also love teaching adults - whether you learnt as a child and would like to pick the violin back up again, or you are a complete beginner, I am more than happy to help. These lessons are a fun way to discover / rediscover the instrument with a different musical approach, such as folk or contemporary. Grades aren't important but I am also able to guide you through ABRSM exams if that's the calling.
Availability: Weekdays 9am-5pm
References Available: Yes
CRB Check: Yes
Location: Woolpit (Near Bury St Edmunds), Suffolk