Sharon's first official teaching post commenced in September 2006 where she became
a member of the woodwind teaching staff (oboe specialist) at 'The Priory School',
Edgbaston, a learning difficulties specialist school for students from age 11-18.
This role involved teaching students in both individual and group lessons.
In January 2007, Sharon became a woodwind tutor (Oboe Specialist) for Dudley Performing
Arts. Within this role, Sharon teaches the full compliment of woodwind instruments
in individual, group and Whole Class settings. In 2009, Sharon became heavily involved
with the Dudley Performing Arts Wider Opportunities and Early Years Schemes. The
schemes are primarily based in primary school and Early Years education where groups
of approximately 30 children of similar ages are given the chance to learn a musical
instrument for up to a year. Once the schemes come to an end, each child involved
is offered the chance to continue studying in smaller groups or on an individual
basis. These schemes not only aim to give the children involved the chance to learn
an instrument, but they also enrich the particular schools music department. This
holds benefits for each and every child that attends that particular school. In 2010,
Sharon also started to tutor and conduct one of the Dudley Performing Arts training
bands and has enjoyed many successful concerts with them.
In April 2008, Sharon became a woodwind tutor (oboe specialist) for Holy Trinity
School, a private catholic school in Kidderminster. Since joining the team, Sharon
has been teaching students aged from 7- 18 and has enjoyed great success in all areas.
In January 2009, Sharon became the Specialist Oboe tutor for Ellesmere College in
Stratford where she tutors 6th form oboe students through their A level performances.
In January 2010 Sharon became a woodwind tutor (oboe specialist) for High Clare School
in Erdington. At this school, Sharon teaches students aged from age 10-16 and has
enjoyed much exam success. In November 2010, Sharon became the oboe and recorder
tutor for Hallfield School, teaching children from pre-prep through to year 6. This
has involved individual and group tutoring.
Sharon has a growing number of private woodwind, reed- making and theory students,
who she teaches both at her homes in Birmingham and Bedfordshire, and also in the
students own homes. As part of her private teaching, Sharon has had the opportunity
to work with adults and children with severe learning difficulties and mental illnesses,
and consequently is very aware of the need to tailor lessons to individual needs.
Sharon was also involved in a teaching workshop for the BASBWE (British Association
of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles) Midlands Regional Conference in November 2006.
Sharon also worked as a volunteer tutor in a local junior wind band for four years.
The band was aimed at young musicians from grade 1 to 5 with the intention of improving
ensemble skills and general musicality. During her time as a tutor in the band, Sharon
worked with different adults and children, some with a great enthusiasm for their
instruments and others of whom had little interest in music. Sharon regularly conducted
the band and rehearsed in large and small groups, frequently reporting progress back
to parents and guardians.
As part of her studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, Sharon attended numerous teaching
lectures as well as completing a years work experience with Dudley Music Service,
in which she was able to accompany a double reed tutor on their daily teaching routine.
As part of her assessment, Sharon completed a detailed teaching file which she still
Sharon also completed work experience as an instrumental repairing assistant with
Graham de Vere White at John Myatts Woodwind and Brass and frequently uses this experience
in her lessons as she is able to make quick repairs to student instruments so that
as little lesson time is wasted as possible.
Sharon has a 100% examination pass rate and is fully CRB checked.
New students of all ages and standards are always welcome. Sharon usually follows
the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music syllabus but has also put many students
through the new Trinity Guildhall syllabus.
(Based upon teaching in the Worcestershire area. Sharon is also willing to travel
to other areas - POA)
30 minutes lesson: £15
60 minute lesson: £25
Instrumental lessons cover music theory as well as woodwind technique on all instruments.
Beginners are recommended to contact Sharon before purchasing an instrument.