Melanie Wells: Horsham, West Sussex
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Qualifications BA Mus/Eng PGD
Locale Horsham, Crawley, Pulborough, Haywards Heath, Dorking, Burgess Hill
Melanie teaches both cello and piano to all ages in the Horsham area of Sussex. She has a wide range of musical experience including performing in orchestras and ensembles and session work with recording artists. She is also a qualified Music Therapist, working in Horsham, South London and Kent with pre-school and primary aged children and adults.
Cellobabies and Melanie
The imaginative and fun approach of CelloBabies makes learning the cello exciting and engaging. It helps instil the foundations of musicality and good technique from an early age, in a fun and enjoyable way. It is really encouraging to see children enjoy learning through musical play.
My thoughts on teaching music
As a music teacher I aim to support all my pupils in developing a secure musicality, rooted in good technique, enabling them to feel comfortable and confident with their instrument. I strive to make learning an enjoyable and engaging experience which facilitates an individual to realise their maximum potential. Also, being a Music Therapist has influenced my approach to teaching by strengthening my view that music making is an expressive language which should be accessible for everyone.
Melanie chose to learn to play the cello at the age of 9, after being inspired by seeing a professional cellist playing in a concert, which her Grandfather took her to.
Melanie achieved a County Music Award which led to performing with various county youth ensembles. She enjoyed performing on tour with the West Sussex Youth Orchestra in Germany and Austria and various music festivals. She once performed in a concert where the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were present. She chose to pursue her love of music at sixth form college where she took A levels in Music and Performing Arts. She was principal cellist in the college chamber ensemble and the contemporary music ensemble. She also enjoyed playing the cello in collaborative music, dance and art projects and in musical theatre productions. In 1998 she began playing cello with the Horsham Symphony Orchestra.
Melanie continued her studies of the cello at Cardiff University, specialising in performance and composition and gained a BA Degree in Music. Whilst at university she played cello in Cardiff Symphony Orchestra and a university quartet, she was also a guest principal cellist in Cardiff University Baroque Orchestra, as well as local orchestras such as South Wales Symphonia, Llandaff Sinfonia and the Rhondda Symphony Orchestra. Melanie also received a masterclass from cellist Sharon McKinley.
Melanie’s interest in using music as an expressive language to promote health, development and well being led to her studying Music Therapy at Roehampton University, where she graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy. During this time she enjoyed performing with semi-professional orchestras in London, including performances at St John’s Smith Square. She also enjoyed performing and recording with various pop/rock artists. She played cello and piano for a chamber pop group and performed regularly with them across London and the South East at prestigious music venues, as well as winning ‘Brighton Band of the Year’. Melanie formed a violin and cello duo ‘Radiant Strings’, which she played cello for in various weddings. Melanie continues to enjoy playing cello with the Horsham Symphony Orchestra, Sussex Symphony Orchestra, and local string ensembles.
Melanie is Music Therapist at two Nordoff-Robbins Outreach centres; Horsham Nursery Children and Family Centre and Selhurst Children’s Centre, working with pre-school and primary aged children with developmental, social and emotional needs.
She is also Music Therapist at Raphael Medical Centre, Hildenborough where Melanie works with adults with complex neurological disabilities with cognitive and behavioural impairment.
all tutors - other tutors: Kay Tucker, Sara Stagg, Audrey Gullick, Kirsty Hugill, Simon Trentham, Allyxa Ruby, Sally Riddex, Linda Horne, Rebecca Whettam, Hilary Trotter, 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