Patient and encouraging…

“I’ve studied with Jacqui for a number of years. Jacqui is patient and encouraging with lots of experience of teaching both adults and young people. She is particularly keen on developing good habits in technique, in order to encourage the best sound that you can get from your viol.  During individual lessons she might focus on the bow-hold and action, or finger and hand placement, and then build up the technique with studies to achieve fluency. These skills can then be applied to a wide range of music, when interpretation and musical expression are discussed as a partnership between student and teacher. I always come away from lessons with lots to think about as well as plenty to practise.

As a player and teacher Jacqui has a specific interest in the solo bass repertoire, but is equally at home teaching treble and tenor viols, as well as tutoring consort groups from beginners to experts. Her range of tutors and consort books (published by Rondo Publishing), which are targeted at novice and intermediate players, are approachable and instructive. Jacqui runs regular short residential courses which are an ideal immersive experience for all standards of viol players.”

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