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Melanie Jones Cello Teacher (Oldham)

Melanie Jones

  • Mossley (OL5) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 01 May 2017
  • Sex: Female
  • Can Travel To: Stockport
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Personal Message
Music is interesting and fun. It supports the emotional development of the student and enables them to learn inner discipline. I don't only view myself as an educator, but also a friend for every student I teach.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
English (Key Stages 1 & 2)
Cello (Beginner to Advanced) - *Colourstrings Method (Finland) available
Piano (Beginner to ABRSM Grade 5)
Violin (Beginner to ABRSM Grade 2/3)
Early Years Music (under age 5 with parent/carer)
Tell me about your qualifications.
Bachelor of Music with Honours (Royal Northern College of Music, UK) 2004
Master of Music (San Francisco Conservatory, USA) 2007
Teaching Certificate in Music Together (Berkeley, USA) 2006
Colourstrings Teaching Certificates (Surrey, UK) 2012 and 2015
A - Level English Literature
A - Level Music
What kind of experience do you have?
I have been teaching since 2004 and below are my current/recent commitments:

- Learning Mentor - in a Tameside school (October 2015 to March 2016)
- Private Tutor - English Key Stages 1 & 2 (Reading, writing, spelling, pronunciation, practice skills at home)

- Cello Teacher, University of Liverpool (undergraduate and post-graduate students)

- Private Tuition:
* I aim to develop the student's overall understanding of the musical language
* Ear training is important to support instrumental playing (Kodaly Method - Doh, Re, Mi, and so on)
* Some of my students are special needs children (Autism, ADHD, Aspergers and Dyslexia) and all have grown positively through Music
* Opportunities for all my students to play in concerts locally arranged by myself
* Lessons with me are encouraging, structured, fun, and progressive
How much do you charge?
The cost of lessons ranges from £26.00 to £30.00 (per 60 minutes pro rata) depending on what the pupil is looking for.
Where do you teach?
I teach one-to-one in Mossley (Tameside/Saddleworth)
When are you available?
Please get in touch for my availability
Which ages and levels do you teach?
Music: Age 4 and upwards
Beginner to Advanced ('Cello)
Beginner to Intermediate (Piano)
Beginners to Grade 2 (Violin)

English: Age 5 to 9
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
- Bachelor of Music Program - University students (exams and performances)
- Master of Music Program - University students (exams and performances)

- Public Concerts for age 4 upwards (Solo and Ensemble performances)
- ABRSM Board (Instrumental and Theory)
- Auditions (for Orchestras, Festivals, Music Schools)

I am also happy to teach pupils who wish to learn for their own pleasure (without the pressure to take exams)
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes - I hold an Enhanced DBS certificate.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a member of the Musicians Union -
Where and with whom did you train?
Chethams School of Music (Manchester) 1995 to 1999
Trinity Laban Conservatoire (London) 2000 to 2002
Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) 2002 to 2004
San Francisco Conservatory of Music (USA) 2005 to 2007
Tell me about some of your current students.
Exams and Festivals:
Most of my students have achieved a Distinction for exams (with one achieving a high Merit), Highly Commended & Distinctions in Festivals, First Classes & Class 2 Division 1 (University Degree students). One of my students (7 years old) was recently awarded joint first prize with a 16 year old in the Cheshire Arts Festival in May last year, and this year that student was awarded first prize in the same festival. Recently a pupil of mine was offered admission at Chethams School.

Every year I organise a concert at a local church for my students to perform in. So far all my students have shown enthusiasm and performed without trouble (age 5 years plus).
Do you have a personal message for students?
If you have taken a shine to a musical instrument, it's important for you to give it a whirl. Being able to make music and play with good quality is a great and rewarding thing to do. You'll never know until you try.

Regarding learning the Cello, the Colourstrings Method (Finland) has been in existence since the 1970's and was created by two Hungarian brothers, Geza and Csaba Szilvay. It is a wonderful and fun way to learn because it is child-friendly; the student reads colours initially and gains an excellent basic technique in surprisingly less time. My current Colourstrings students have all said that they love learning in this way, and this includes adults learners too! I was trained by Csaba and Geza Szilvay in the Colourstrings Method in 2012 and this year.