Olwen has a diverse teaching life and shares music with students in many different forms. Olwen has been a classroom music teacher at the American School in London since 2014, and she runs a music centre with 'cellist Abi Hyde-Smith in Notting Hill for young string players. Olwen has also worked as a music theory and music and movement teacher for the Junior Department of Trinity College of Music, and as a classroom recorder teacher for Stretto Music. Olwen teaches the recorder, violin, and music theory privately, leads themed workshops in primary schools, and is on the deputy teaching list for many London schools.
Olwen sees teaching as an important part of a musician’s life and finds it a privilege to be trusted with the development of others’ musical journeys. She fundamentally believes that it is the teacher’s job to inspire their students and explore music in the way that most suits each individual student’s learning style and musical tastes. Olwen supports her students to develop a secure technique and theoretical understanding alongside a creative enjoyment of musical expression. Her students are encouraged and assisted in finding positive performance opportunities and are guided through ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall graded exams if they so choose.
Olwen is currently completing her LRAM qualification in woodwind teaching and she holds up-to-date DBS checks, a valid St. John’s Ambulance certificate in Paediatric First Aid, and has taken fire marshal training.
"Olwen is a skilled musician who clearly loves music and the students she teaches. She intuitively observes and responds to the abilities of each individual making them feel confident, inspired and experimental. She mixes discipline with laughter and is a pleasure to have ( and listen to) in your home. I can't recommend her highly enough"
Parent of violin student, 2015
"Olwen is an outstanding teacher. She has tutored my daughter in the recorder from scratch, aged six, up the ABRSM grade ladder to the very best effect providing challenges that ensure well-paced progress. At the same time, she avoids creating any sense of pressure. At each stage, she introduces new elements to refresh practice, maintain a variety in every lesson, and in parallel to the practical music-making, she presents musical theory in an uncomplicated way. I would further add from a parent’s perspective that Olwen is highly attentive and, perhaps most important of all, extremely patient! As for my daughter, to her Olwen as a teacher is simply “spectacular”.
Parent of recorder student, 2015
"Olwen always seems to know what the easiest way for me to learn is. She knows what pace I learn at and doesn't move on to other things too fast. She's an amazing player so when she plays duets with you it helps you to hear exactly how the piece is supposed to sound and makes you feel really talented."
Student, aged 12, 2015