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"Very encouraging and friendly! Certainly knows her stuff! I’ve come away from her lessons with solid practical knowledge and skills that I feel confident in putting in place academically, personally and professionally!" - Rod 2020

"Iona is very patient, encouraging and friendly! Really enjoyed her lesson!" - Ellie, 2020

"Iona is a fantastic and insightful tutor - she's hugely knowledgeable about music production and is really fun to work with." - Hugo, 2021

"Iona is a great tutor! She taught me songwriting and production. Super supportive, organised and fun! I learnt a lot and definitely got out of the lessons what I wanted. She’s got loads of experiences and resources that make up the high quality education she delivers and she teaches however you want her to and to whatever style suits you!" - Roderick, 2021

"Iona is a talented exciting new artist. Reducing her audience to tears with her haunting and moving work. Uplifting her audience with beautiful and exciting sound. A multi-talented musician." - Rose, 2021

 

I teach: violin, music production, songwriting, composition, and film scoring

with music theory and business if requested

"She is great!" - Jose, 2021

* all reviews collected via Superprof through which i have conducted over 40 hours of tuition: SPLink1, SPLink2, SPLink3

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- Music Tuition -

      Hi! I'm Iona.      

 

I am a passionate music tutor and practitioner degree-level expertise in songwriting & composition, recording, mixing & production, film scoring, and folk/pop violin. I possess significant practical and theoretical knowledge of these areas, and a deep understanding of how music works, curated through 15 years of musical endeavors, culminating in a 1st Class Hons BMus Music degree from Goldsmiths, UoL.

I am happy to combine these areas as relevant to student interest. I absolutely love teaching and look forward to taking on more students. I am very enthusiastic and work hard to ensure the best tuition experience including a personalized lesson plan for every session and taking on feedback.

what could you learn with me?

flick through the slideshow below to find out!

VIOLIN LESSONS: FOLK/POP/ROCK

I am trained to grade 8 level in Scottish folk violin, grade 7 in classical violin, grade 5 in music theory, and level 3 in pop/rock performance. I have been gigging and recording in folk and popular genres for over 8 years, developing a strong sense of musicality, technique and performance through this.

My violin lessons are for anyone who wants to learn to play the violin within the context of folk, pop and/or rock.

For beginners, we will look at the basics of classical violin technique to ensure safety whilst playing, as well as how to read music and basic music theory. We will look at folk, pop and rock repertoire, and begin to look at the techniques that can be used to make these genres come alive on the violin. Standard violin, electric violin, and 8ve violin can all be explored, as well as how effects pedals such as loops, reverbs, delays and distortion and more can be used to modify the sound of your playing into something truly unique and expressive.

For more advanced students all of the above can be explored, as well as a more personalised look at performance technique, pushing the boundaries of artistry, violin composition, and advanced violin technique.

Sessions will be presented in a supportive way through the exploration of repertoire, practical tasks, practice plans, and constructive discussion.

For some further context on who I am,

here is a selection of my career highlights so far:

 

*released first dreamy-metal collaborative single Restless Dreamer in late 2020 with Ehsan Imani featuring my vocals and lyrics*

*achieved 1st Class Hons degree in Music from Goldsmiths, UoL in Summer 2020 and Grade 8 w Distinction in Scottish Folk violin from Trinity College of Music

 

*completed highly selective Goldsmiths' Student Assistant Engineer Program (2019) and partook in the Omnii Collective (studio engineering for womxn) (2017-2019)*

*selected for the prestigious Nando's Music Exchange 2019 hosted by London's Roundhouse resulting in collaborative track 'Yello' that I worked on being played on BBC Radio 1 Xtra and being interviewed on Reprezent radio*

*created the music for award-winning short feminist comedy film Go For Alayna (by Anna Castelaz)*

*created the music for London International Animation Festival 2019 nominated short documentary film Amputee Undefined by paralympic athlete Sophie Kamlish*

 

*played violin for Myrkur's London Christmas gig 2019 and got a mention in the Financial times for "generating a near psychedelic tone" under Bruun's startling soprano*

*played lead folk violin in a Devon ceilidh band Hogwash for 4 years, playing in Sidmouth Folk Festival, Sidmouth Fringe Festival, Ilfracombe Folk Festival, Bath Folk Festival, and Dartington Food Festival

*my experimental sonic art track Rebellion which captured the sounds of Extinction Rebellion in Summer 2019 in London was featured on Framework Radio*

*i have worked with a huge variety of artists and musicians from gigging to live sound engineering to studio engineering to mixing to session work to lyric writing to song arrangement... and so much more. notable mentions include: Myrkur, Gabriel Prokofiev, Ehsan Imani, Timi Tamminen, Tommy McDonald, Grove, Skÿe, Whnvr, Jessi Mac, Louise Harris, + many more <3*

...and there's more... you can find my CV with the full list on my LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iona-catherine/

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And finally,

see me in action below!

*watch me play violin* 

(recording from Christmas 2020)

*watch my music production series* 

(my YouTube channel is updated with a new video every roughly once every 2 months)

Let's learn!

Request a consultation or first lesson below. I am currently teaching online only due to the pandemic.

I am always happy to chat through any queries, so do get in touch.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks for submitting! I will aim to get back to you within 48hrs.

(+44) 07599374182

London, UK (GMT/BST)

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