Christina Oxtoby
Violin / Piano Teacher
In 1999 Christina obtained an Honours Music Degree with the violin being her first study instrument and the piano her second study. Since then she has spent 17 years working as a piano and violin teacher both privately and in schools. She teaches the violin to the highest grade, grade 8 and the piano to the lower grades. (She always wants to do an excellent job of teaching and therefore would rather pass pupils on to a piano specialist after this point.) She loves her teaching and this shows in her work as she is fun, encouraging and supportive as well as teaching great technique and musical ability. Her pupils range in age from children from the age of 6 to those well into retirement.
The youngest age that she takes pupils is age 6, however she encourages parents to surround their children with music from birth, from playing music to them, singing with them and encouraging them to march around the kitchen banging a saucepan with a wooden spoon in time with the music and other musical games! This builds a good musical ear as well as confidence and a sense of fun that can be built upon when the child is old enough to be able to learn to read music and count lengths of notes. (She has found that children who are started (by other teachers) before this age often make such slow progress that they become discouraged and give up.)
Due to moving house in the New Year Christina is not taking on any new pupils at the moment.


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Her prices are extremely reasonable and are £30 per hour / £15 per 30 mins / £10 per 20 mins for young children
Client Comments...
"Sophie says you have a good sense of humour making the lessons fun and varied. She thinks you are thorough without nagging and are always enthusiastic and encouraging.... Glowing praise indeed and well deserved. As a parent I find it easy to communicate, you are as accomodating as possible with such a full schedule and obviously well organised. Also your help choosing a new violin for Sophie went well beyond the call of duty and was very supportive. Thank you for it all." Claire

"I came to the violin later in life and was trying to teach myself as, to be honest, I felt a little embarrassed about going for lessons. Why? I can’t imagine now. I was lucky enough to stumble across Christina’s advert and how fortunate I’ve been to find her. Christina made me feel at ease right from the beginning and has been very encouraging. I thought lessons would be all about scales and ‘do ray me’ but I have been pleasantly surprised as she has given me music that is challenging but fun to play. I have learnt so much already and I look forward to my lessons each week as she keeps quite a pace so no danger of getting bored. If you’re looking for a teacher who is supportive and understands where you’re coming from then you could not do better than Christina." Stuart

"Hi Christina, Just to let you know E. has been offered a place a Stamford High with the title of Academic and Music Scholar! Along the way you have played a massive part in E.'s musical progress and attainments and J. and I wanted to say a big thank you. All the hard work has been and will continue to be worth it. Have a great weekend. See you soon, S. J. and E. xxx"

For more information please contact Christina