Teaching — overview

As a teacher of viola, violin and viola d’amore, Elizabeth pays attention to the fundamentals of technique while searching, with the pupil, for the inspiration which drove the composer to write the music in the first place. She teaches at all stages, but only where there is real forward progress. The teenage years are extremely important in establishing good playing, and students and adults can make exciting progress. The use of the whole body is important, and Elizabeth has learnt from her exploration of the Alexander Technique and Pilates. She has learnt too from listening to the master classes and lessons of Sandor Vegh, Pablo Casals, Paul Tortelier, Georgy Kurtag, Eduard Melkus, Hans Keller and the members of the Amadeus String Quartet. She met Shinichi Suzuki and listened to him coaching children.

Elizabeth is a Tutor at London’s Centre for Young Musicians, at the Grittleton Chamber Music Course for advanced amateur quartet players — so dedicated! — and tutors the Benslow String Orchestra for the Benslow Music Trust. She was String Quartet Tutor at the City Literary Institute, nurtured Late Learners at Wycombe Abbey and Queenswood Summer Schools, and taught at Mary Datchelor Girls’ School, Westminster and St Paul’s Schools. As a deputy she has taught at the Royal College of Music.

Adjudicating: Elizabeth has adjudicated for the Royal Northern College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and the Chamber Music Competition for Schools.