I started playing the piano at the age of 5 years old and my father taught me for a number of years until I was sent to a 'proper' piano teacher. I picked up the flute at secondary school and loved it immediately! I went on to study Music and Art at The College of Ripon and York St John. I particularly enjoyed learning accompaniment and performance skills. I was very inspired by my tutors and I also developed a great love of early music through working for York Early Music Festival.
I went on to set up my own teaching practice from my home in Lancaster in the early 90s. I enjoy working with piano duets, flute groups and mixed ensembles always encouraging students to play together as this is so much fun. I endeavour to help students find what they love to play and then really learn to express themselves in their music. I think learning a musical instrument at any age is truly transformative. For children it teaches many things but the value of self discipline is a true asset for all aspects of life. It can also help with self confidence, health and well being. For adults, learning a musical instrument can bring a whole new way of self expression, relaxation and pleasure. I believe it has many health promoting qualities. Many of my adult students are returning to play after a long break:
"Playing the piano for me is a form of meditation removing everyday conflicting thoughts and giving immense pleasure..... It's never too late to begin or begin again. I love playing more in my seventies than ever before thanks to Gila." Diane (Easingwold)
I believe it is very important to keep up to date with creative and innovative teaching methods. I regularly attend teaching conferences and courses, I am especially inspired by Tim Topham and Lucinda Mackworth-Young. I have studied jazz with Charlie Beale and I teach jazz to the early grades. I have a qualification in instrumental teaching with the ABRSM (CTABRSM) and I am a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. I am DBS checked and have the appropriate insurance.