Woodwind Teacher Guiseley, Leeds
Marie lives in Guiseley, Leeds, with 20 years experience of teaching woodwind instruments both in schools and private tuition from home.
Delivering enjoyable and fun music lessons are priority whilst discovering and adapting to each individual learning style.
All ages and abilities, from beginner to advanced, are welcome.
A wide variety of music is taught, from Classical, Jazz and Pop, to Film Music and Folk.
Students who wish to take exams are encouraged and coached to reach their full potential.
Those who wish to progress without exams and want to learn an instrument for fun are equally welcome.
Music theory is taught alongside practical grades.
Flute, clarinet and saxophone lessons are taught;
Monday to Friday 10am to 12.00pm
and 3.30pm to 7.30pm
A Passionate Woodwind Instrumental Teacher
Marie studied music with Leeds College of Music and private tutors working beyond grade 8 with ABRSM followed by a performance diploma and then teaching diploma with LCM.
Teaching music was always the ultimate career goal.
Many of her students take exams and achieve mostly merits and distinctions, several have secured places with Leeds Youth Orchestra and moved on to study music at University.
Determined to encourage music in the community Marie is a founder member and Musical Director of a flute and clarinet ensemble who rehearse weekly and perform locally in the community. Adult students are welcome to join this group.
Performing has been of huge importance to Marie who has played in several concert bands including fifteen years with the White Rose Concert Band in Harrogate.
I've been taught by Marie since the age of 9...I'm now 17 and taking grade 8 flute. She is patient and kind but has most importantly encouraged my love of music.
Marie was recommended to me by staff at Windstruments in Bingley. My son had been playing the saxophone for a year or so but had not made much progress. As soon as he started lessons with Marie his playing improved and he is now proud of himself when he masters a new piece. Marie understands exactly how to support students, she caters to the needs and musical aspirations of each and keeps parents updated too. I have no hesitation in recommending Marie, she is an excellent music teacher.
Marie Whitaker has been my clarinet teacher for the last three years. She took on a largely self-taught mature student with little musical experience, appalling timing and rhythm, but a desire to learn to play Mozart's sublime Concerto in A major, KV622. Marie is the most patient and thoughtful of teachers. She has a wonderful repertoire of encouraging comments that make tackling the challenges of learning an instrument and playing music a pleasure. She directs my music making across theory, exercises and tunes lightly, yet when I reflect on what I am learning I appreciate how Marie brings a deep knowledge of music to her pedagogic choices. I look forward to each and every lesson because I know I will learn something new, I will be stretched, and I am one small step closer to playing Mozart's Concerto in A major as well as I can.
Nick (adult student)
Marie has given each of our daughters a wonderful start on their respective instruments (alto sax and flute) and we consider ourselves very fortunate that they have enjoyed the benefit of her experience, patience and encouragement over the years. Marie sets high standards of expected behaviour and of progress. Under her careful guidance, Libby achieved her Grade 4, while Alice now prepares for her Grade 2. Thanks to Marie, we are confident our daughters have been given the best possible grounding in terms of instrumental technique, musical knowledge and general musicianship.
Kevin and Abi (parents)
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