I have music at heart. I love children; I love teaching; I love the recorder. Suzuki said, "Where love is deep, much will be accomplished."
I live in the heart of York in the grounds of the Minster, “The Heart of Yorkshire” - its beauty and energy an inspiring environment for work and play. Here, every day in my studio, I have the joy of sharing music with families through the Suzuki Method, a way of living and learning which has the child at its heart.
Heather is a highly qualified musician with over twenty-five yearsʼ experience teaching music to children of all ages and performing as a professional recorder-player. Born in Yorkshire, she had her first recorder lessons with Joan Dixon (University of York), and achieved LTCL in performance aged 16. After taking a degree in Music at Oxford, she first pursued postgraduate studies on the recorder at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Philip Pickett and then qualified as a music teacher (PGCE Dunelm).
Having trained as a Suzuki Method Recorder Teacher, in 2012 she became the first qualified Suzuki Early Childhood Education teacher on the UK mainland, and continues to be a pioneer in this field. Most recently she has begun working towards an MA in Early Childhood Education through the University of Sheffield as part of her continuing professional development.
Heather is also a qualified Music Mind Games teacher (trained by Michiko Yurko), and was thrilled to be invited to chair one of a number of committees to work on the development of the Premium Content resources area of the MMG website.
The first Suzuki teacher in York, Heather's Music at Heart studio has now become the hub for a growing community of local Suzuki instrumental teachers, as demand from families for this invaluable work grows.
During her teaching career Heather has worked in many different communities: Director of Music in a state secondary school, primary school teacher of class music, local authority peripatetic pre-school music teacher and recorder specialist at independent schools including The Perse School for Girls and St Johnʼs College School in Cambridge. In York she has enjoyed teaching at Clifton Pre-Preparatory School, St Peter's, York, and with the York Arts Academy and the National Centre for Early Music, as Director of Minster Minstrels, all posts held before the success of her Music at Heart Suzuki studio demanded a full-time commitment.
In her Suzuki music studio in York, she offers Suzuki Early Childhood Education and Instrument Foundation music classes for families with pre-school children, and Suzuki recorder from beginner to advanced level. In the wider Suzuki community, she advises other Suzuki teachers who come to her studio to observe her work, and tutors on Suzuki teacher-training courses and summer schools in the UK.
She has written a beginnersʼ recorder tutor, served as a recorder adviser for Yamaha and been an active committee member of the European Recorder Teachersʼ Association (UK). She is a trained Arts Award Adviser for Discover and Explore, Bronze and Silver levels.
As a performer she gave her first professional concerts in York with Yorkshire Baroque Soloists as part of the York Early Music Festival in 1990. Since then she has travelled the world with Philip Pickett and New London Consort, taking part in exciting new interpretations of classics, such as Monteverdiʼs Orfeo (produced by Jonathan Miller) and Purcellʼs Fairy Queen (with Circus Space London).