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With more than 20 years of teaching experience, Katie is a sought after pedagogue, teaching serious students of all levels, from beginner to post conservatory-level. Katie maintains a regular cello class in the North East of England. She is available in-person and online for teaching, coaching (chamber music, audition prep, theory/history) and workshops/clinics/masterclasses including on performance-based mentality, Popper studies, and the core canon of cello repertoire, also including contemporary music and styles.
 In 2020, Katie  joined the music teaching staff at Durham University (UK), and is Co-Creator of Cello Power: The Popper Project, an interactive online community of cellists with a fun and accessible educational emphasis (featured in The Strad).  Katie is also Artistic Director of the Appalachian Chamber Music Festival Strings Camp program in Loudoun County, Virginia, USA.  In 2011, Katie was invited to be the cellist of the quartet in Residence at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, and has led workshops and masterclasses in the US, Europe and Asia with students ages 6 to 80.

Her teaching philosophy draws upon many influences and styles, but she feels especially indebted to her immersion in the school of cello playing of legendary cellist, Janos Starker from her studies at Indiana University.  

A graduate of the Sato Center in Cleveland, Ohio, she received a second/double Masters Degree in Suzuki Pedagogy which also informs her teaching style.  She has a strong foundation and deep understanding of psychological aspects of performing which is widely incorporated in her work with most students, as is her extensive knowledge of both historical and theoretical aspects of Western music.

Please contact her via the contact page if you are interested in lessons.

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Teaching Credentials & Experience

Teaching positions held

Adjunct staff, Durham University

Temporary maternity cover, Barnard Castle School

Private tuition experience:

  • maintained a private teaching studio since 2010 in Manchester, Dublin and Newcastle area

  • students regularly receive Disctinction and Merit marks in ABRSM exams

  • teaches all ages and levels



BM High Distinction, Indiana University

  • Teaching assistant at Indiana University Summer String Academy 

MM Highest Distinction, Cleveland Institute of Music.

  • Double masters degree in Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy

  • Taught privately and in conjunction at Sato center as part of the course​

  • Invited to teach as member of "Quartet in Residence" at Interlochen Arts Camp (Vera Quartet)

PGDip, Royal Northern College of Music​

Advanced Independent Study Degree, Trinity Laban Conservatoire

Independent Research in:

  • performance psychology

  • centering, sports psychology

  • professional audition preparation

  • Western Music History

Coaching and Instruction on courses and masterclasses, including in Utah, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Germany, Ireland, UK etc.

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