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Jonathan McBride - Violin Lessons in Edinburgh

Jonathan McBride Classical Violin Teacher (Edinburgh)

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  • Professional Qualification MA (Hons)
  • Professional Qualification MMus (RNCM)
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check CRB Checked
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Personal Message
I am a professional violinist and violin teacher based in Edinburgh.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have an MA Hons in French and German from the University of Glasgow and an postgraduate MMus from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.
What kind of experience do you have?
I started playing the violin when I was 7 and accumulated a lot of performing experience over the years. I studied privately with Anne Shih at the Hochschule für Musik in Mainz (Germany) before doing a Masters at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Thelma Handy.

I play regularly as freelance violinist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Other orchestral experience includes Britten-Pears Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Camerata Ireland. I've also done TV and session work, playing with artists such as Lesley Garrett, Il Divo and Phil Coulter, and recently played on the Royal Variety Performance on ITV.

I am a violin teacher at Sistema Scotland's Big Noise Raploch, where I teach young people from 6-17 years. I have acquired extensive experience in early years violin teaching, and have training in a variety of pedaogical methods including Kodaly and Dalcroze. I have also been a visiting teacher at the Al Kamandjati Association in Ramallah, Palestine.
How much do you charge?
I charge £30 per hour, although I recommend a 40 minute lesson for £20 for young children.
Where do you teach?
I teach from home in my flat in central Edinburgh.
When are you available?
My schedule is fairly flexible so just get in touch and we can discuss lesson times.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all levels, from beginner to diploma/university level.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I prepare my students for ABRSM exams if they wish to do them.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I am a member of Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme (PVG).