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Oboe & Recorder Suzuki Music Teacher, Durham

Karen Gibbard Oboe Teacher (Durham)

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  • Professional Qualification MMus Oboe Performance, MA Early Music, BMus (Hons) Music, DipABRSM oboe
  • Professional Qualification Suzuki Recorder teaching levels 1, 2 & 3 (British Suzuki Institute)
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Current DBS certificate
  • Professional Membership ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicans) & BSI (British Suzuki Institute)
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Personal Message
I am a professional freelance musician teaching oboe, recorder and early years music to students of all ages.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach oboe, recorder and early years music to students of all ages (age 0+). Much of my teaching is based on the Suzuki Method, providing a comprehensive musical education in a fun way that enables children to become confident in their ability to learn, develop and enjoy music.
Tell me about your qualifications.
MA in Early Music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland
MMus distinction in Oboe Performance at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London
Levels 1, 2 & 3 in Suzuki Method recorder teaching at the British Suzuki Institute, London
BMus (Hons) first in Music at the University of Leeds
dipABRSM distinction in Oboe Performance
What kind of experience do you have?
I have previously worked for local music services - teaching oboe, recorder and early years music in schools and at local music centres. I have also taught a large number of private students over the years and I enter pupils for ABRSM exams when appropriate. I have qualified with the British Suzuki Institute as one of the first Suzuki recorder teachers in the UK and I have a great deal of teaching experience, having taught pupils between the ages of 0 and 40+ in both individual and group settings. I very much enjoy working with young people and I have led a number of music workshops in the community through organisations such as 'Live Music Now' and the Wigmore Hall 'Chamber Tots' scheme.
How much do you charge?
Oboe lessons are charged at the rate of £15 / half-hour or £30 / hour.

Recorder lessons cost £150 per term. This includes:
-8 individual lessons (each 30 minutes)
-2 group lessons (each 45 minutes)
-Recorder
-Audio CD
-Music book
-Practice notebook.
Where do you teach?
I teach at my home in the City of Durham.
When are you available?
I am available to teach on weekdays at various times - morning / afternoon / evening
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach a wide range of ages and levels:
-Early Years music to those aged 0+
-Recorder to those aged 4+
-Oboe to those aged 8+
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I prepare my students for ABRSM exams when appropriate and mutually agreed.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes I have an up-to-date DBS certificate
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a professional member of the:
-ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians)
-BSI (British Suzuki Institute)
Where and with whom did you train?
I trained in oboe performance at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, in early music performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland, and as a Suzuki recorder teacher with the British Suzuki Institute. My teachers included: Katharina Arfken, Katharina Spreckelsen, Gail Hennessy, Richard Simpson, Gordon Hunt, David Walter, Christine Swain, and Nancy Daly.