Isabel is dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate about the violin and has been playing for twenty six years. She is a kind, down to earth, patient, motivating and creative teacher.
- June 2021- completed a Masters of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium
- -2015 Completed a Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours) at Melbourne University
-2013 - Completed a Bachelor of Music at Melbourne University -2010- Graduated from the Conservatorium High School (ATAR: 95.6)
Isabel has experience teaching violin students from beginner to grade 8 level and viola from beginner to grade 4 level. Her beginner method approach includes using materials from Shirley Givens teaching methods, Fiddle Time Joggers and Encore for strings method books amongst others. She also utilises Orff and Kodaly singing and clapping exercises.
After completing the fundamentals, Isabel normally progresses her students through AMEB, ABRSM or Suzuki grade books or alternatively gives them individual studies and pieces suited to their individual levels. She believes technical exercises should be harder than their current technique whilst pieces should be easier. She uses a lot of Kreutzer, Wolfart studies with her students as well as AMEB Scale Methods, Sevcik bowings and Simon Fischer Basic exercises.
Isabel also uses a lot of fun pieces by Huw Jones and duets by Aleksey Igudesman, Mozart, Vivaldi etc to keep the momentum and enjoyment of music up in lessons. Isabel encourages creativity in music - incorporating compositional elements and improvisation in lessons as well as giving students a musical diary, structure and goals to achieve. After each term she assess students’ progress and sets them goals for the next term. Isabel believes in the effectiveness of mental practice and imagination and also completed her Honours thesis on Efficiency in the Practice Room.