I have had the pleasure of teaching a wide variety of students of all ages and abilities over the years. Asking students to write something for this site was a little daunting as, after all, they are the ones who can truly testify to your work.  Please find below genuine statements from some of my students and their parents.


Beginner Age 10 learning for 12 months


It's fun and exciting.  I love it when we play together.  She gives me great music to play.



Adult student returning to flute lessons- ex military bandsman


... The effect was immediate and massive. In a few months I had made improvements in my sound production, tone quality, dynamic range and in my intonation. Most importantly Ruth’s tuition made me feel positive about music again: I became assured of my ability to make a pleasing sound and I looked forward to my lessons...



Student who started with me aged 10  (10 yrs ago)


Ruth has been such a strong influence in my musical pursuits. With such a motivating, knowledgeable and friendly personality I could never recommend a better flute teacher...

 


Parent


Lessons with Ruth are tightly structured although they have a very relaxed feel about them.  She is fantastic at putting students at their ease and uses lots of praise which makes my daughter glow.  Ruth gets through a lot of work in each lesson and covers a huge amount of ground.  She is extremely thorough and gives her students a solid grounding in the skills and knowledge they need to progress musically.  I love the music she chooses for her students to play.  It's fun to listen to and I really enjoy hearing my daughter practise.


Adult student who has been learning for ten years  (with me for 8 yrs)


... Ruth carefully identifies and works hard to address both technical and musical weaknesses, and builds fluting confidence by broadening musical horizons and expanding comfort zones...                                                                                                                                         

Adult student returning to flute lessons- ex military bandsman


I found Ruth by looking on the internet. My search criteria were straightforward. I was looking for an experienced teacher within driving distance. I contacted her and we arranged to meet. I was pessimistic about the outcome. I am middle-aged and had come back to the flute after a long break. I didn’t enjoy flute lessons as a boy and, as an adult, I dreaded them. I knew I had been taught to play the flute incorrectly and had practiced playing it badly for a very long time. I felt that I would be at best an unusual and at worst an impossible student and I didn’t hold out much hope for the whole project.

 

On meeting Ruth my doubts dissipated. I was at once struck by her commitment and her professionalism. I noticed that she regularly organised events to involve her students with one another and with the wider musical community. She also produced educational aids to address technical problems. She had a comprehensive knowledge of the technical and pedagogical literature and the performance repertoire. She always answered my email questions with speed and with an abundance of helpful detail.

Although our lessons followed a pattern I felt I could set the technical agenda. I told Ruth what problems I had and she had the confidence and the ability to solve them. Not being in control of the lesson in this important sense didn’t seem to bother her. I felt as though we were not in competition with one another but that we were working towards a common goal. I have never felt this before in a lesson. Ruth identified flaws in my playing that I had been hiding or hiding from for decades. With simple and accurate explanations she showed me how to correct my playing.

 

The effect was immediate and massive. In a few months I had made improvements in my sound production, tone quality, dynamic range and in my intonation. Most importantly Ruth’s tuition made me feel positive about music again: I became assured of my ability to make a pleasing sound and I looked forward to my lessons. I felt that the obstacles in my way were finite. In short I saw clearly my path to becoming the musician I want to be.

 

I cannot recommend her highly enough.


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Student who started with me aged 10  (10yrs ago)


Ruth has been such a strong influence in my musical pursuits. With such a motivating, knowledgeable and friendly personality I could never recommend a better flute teacher. There have been so many events including workshops, masterclasses and performances to get involved in and Ruth is always so eager to help through any exams festivals and practice in general.

I truly am privileged to have such an amazing teacher - and friend - who has always encouraged my abilities to flourish. What a wonderful 10 years it has been and I look forward to many more!

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