Elspeth Wyllie

Teacher

Elspeth holds the teaching Licentiate from the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM), and has around 14 years of teaching experience with learners of all ages, from beginner to Diploma level.

Elspeth’s main aim is to help pupils to learn for themselves, and likes to think of pupil and teacher as side-by-side explorers. She believes that learning is a life-long activity and pursues opportunities for ongoing professional development, recently attending ‘The Virtuoso Teacher’ seminar with leading music educationalist, Paul Harris.

Lessons include general musicianship (for example, aural and theory work) as well as piano pedagogy. If interested, pupils may work towards public performances and ABRSM/Trinity exams. She has a 100% pass rate, with most students achieving merit or distinction. All of her current pupils have been recommended by word-of-mouth.

Pianists and teachers are often asked about their teaching family tree. Elspeth can trace back through her first teacher to the 19th-century virtuoso performer Franz Liszt!  Below are all of Elspeth’s teachers, and particular things she values having learnt from them:

  • Susan Broadhead – an all-round approach and sight-reading for fun
  • Richard Beauchamp – curiosity about a range of genres, and an awareness of bio-mechanics
  • Audrey Innes – the context of music history and analysing/understanding harmony
  • Raymond Fischer – development of technique, and an important mentor
  • Andrew West – intensity of interpretation and colour
  • Colin Stone –  development of technique, independent thought and learning to laugh at yourself

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