Hilary Trotter: Poynton, Cheshire
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Qualifications AGSM, dipNCOS
Locale Poynton, Hazel Grove, Stockport, Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Cheadle, Alderley Edge, Bollington, Prestbury
Hilary is an experienced violin teacher, and especially more recently with younger children. She gives individual violin tuition, as well as enjoying the dynamic of small groups, and sometimes larger ensembles. Hilary also teaches ‘Recorder and Rhythmics’ classes at a beginner level.
Violinbabies and Hilary
I am always looking for innovative ideas to develop musicianship - for the very young as well as older children, and I am fascinated with Kay’s ‘learning to read’ methods. Her relaxed ‘game’ approach sits very well with my own approach to teaching.
My thoughts on teaching music
I love teaching with a relaxed but focussed approach, and at the moment I am developing ‘multi–tasking’ strategies in many of my lessons. I aim to have an element of ‘game’ and ‘fun’ combined with musicianship, technical development and musical direction in my teaching, so that my pupils experience an enjoyable musical foundation.
I studied the violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for three years and then went on to do a post graduate year in orchestral studies (NCOS) at Goldsmith’s College, London.
Since those days I have taught the violin privately and in various schools, some years ago in the London area, and now in the North West. Over the years I have gained a lot of experience in teaching, from beginner level with young children through to upper teens at Grade 8. When my own children were of pre-school age I started exploring ‘toddler music’ - musical games that would develop an interest and basic understanding of music. In more recent years, I have attended courses in ‘Dalcroze Eurhythmics’ which ‘…transformed much of my thinking into something more tangible, gave me many more creative ideas to develop a ‘game’ and ‘fun’ approach to such things as pulse and rhythm, and complimented my enthusiasm for teaching generally.’
Three years ago I began to develop my own course for young children – ‘MINIBEATS’ – varied, game-oriented and fun group sessions, introducing children to the basics of musicianship before they consider the complexities of learning an instrument. This has led me into teaching other group sessions with a ‘rhythmics’ approach. I now run ‘Recorder and Rhythmics’ classes for beginners, individual violin lessons, small group lessons, as well as larger string ensembles.
all tutors - other tutors: Kay Tucker, Sara Stagg, Audrey Gullick, Kirsty Hugill, Simon Trentham, Allyxa Ruby, Sally Riddex, Linda Horne, Rebecca Whettam, Melanie Wells, Heather Graham, Alison Wrenn, Ruth Howell, Xenia Kaspar, Rebecca Green, Sheraine Lynsdale-Nock, Christel Stevens, Sheena Ferguson, Judith Rae, Anita Felton, Monica Das, Karen Hubbard, Tom Woolsgrove, Nina Pakenham, Orla Smith, Ann Beresford