Freelance Cellist / Cello Teacher / Alice Allen / Glasgow / United Kingdom 

Philosophy

I have over 10 years of experience in private cello tuition. I strongly believe in creating solid technical foundations right from the outset of learning to play. I have developed a teaching system which reflects this value of good technical playing, which results in an accomplished musical and technical skill set and the ability to freely communicate your musical personality without technical restraint. I teach people from all walks of life and always encourage adult beginners, it’s never too late to start if you’re willing to put the time in.

I received a high level of tuition myself in two of the UK’s top conservatoires and enjoying passing on what I learnt there. I recently completed four years of intensive study in cello performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester developing and gaining experience in teaching whilst I was there. I am not only passionate about classical music but also Scottish music. I believe that everyone can benefit from playing music at any stage of their life and am dedicated to generating a positive, creative and supportive environment to learn in. I welcome all abilities and ages and have an up to date PVG disclosure.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Anne Chalmers

“As well as being a wonderful cellist, Alice is also a very gifted teacher. She is excellent at explaining how to deal with the technical challenges of the instrument essential for good sound production and musical expression.”

Experience

Whilst studying in Manchester I deputised for an experienced private cello teacher and I was also employed by Manchester City Music Service (now known as One Education) where I taught weekly in a primary school and at Manchester Youth String Orchestra. RNCM has a teaching programme called ‘Music Education in the Community’ which I studied for two years. In March 2013 I was given a place on the competitive work experience scheme with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘In Harmony’ project which mirrors the world renowned Venezuelan ‘El Sistema’ instrumental teaching system in struggling communities. In September 2013 I joined NYOS Camerata to perform and teach alongside Sistema Scotland. I began teaching when I was 14 and I have experience teaching children with autism. I have also led workshops for Scottish Ensemble, SCO and BBC SSO education projects.