Vocal and Language Tuition
"The limits of my language are the limits of my world" (Ludwig Wittgenstein)
Alongside my singing career, I'm fortunate enough to be able to work as a language tutor, where my aim is to inspire and broaden the minds of the young by nurturing in them a love of languages and cultures other than their own. The stated purpose of study of the National Curriculum for Languages begins; "Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity..." and in the stated aim 3.1 of the Key Stage 3 and 4 framework document of the National Curriculum in England, I am delighted that the famous poet Mathew Arnold (an early hero of mine) is quoted from his time as a Schools Inspector in the mid 1800s; "It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement." These references serve to nourish my hopes that young hearts and minds be opened to beyond the confines of the UK, so that elements of the richness of other cultures can seep into their lives and mingle with their own culture.
I am lucky to have spent much of my working life in creative and inspirational multi-cultural environments, where the joy of success is consistently tempered by the struggles towards artistic excellence and refinement. The nurturing of confidence and the development of skills supported by efficient, targeted practice are the key ingredients to the harvesting of fulfilment and reward, both as a language learner and as a performer.
My experiences in these fields have provided a keen insight into the difficulties faced by language learners and singers, so that I like to believe that I am a sympathetic and collaborative teacher.
Mathew Arnold, quoting a Greek poet, also wrote; "excellence dwells among rocks hardly accessible, and a man must always wear his heart out before he can reach her". Such a statement could make you want to give up on the spot, or alternatively you can come to realise that the effort and challenge of climbing those rocks is a considerable part of the inherent reward. Then we come to appreciate too the wisdom of the Chinese proverb; Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.