Below is a list of all Lauderdale Suzuki Group teachers. If you would like to get in touch with an individual teacher please contact the administrator who will forward on your message.
Jane has been teaching the violin at the Lauderdale Suzuki group since the 1980s. In 1976 Elisabeth Waterhouse (the founder of the Lauderdale group) invited Jane to come and teach on one of the first ever Suzuki summer music camps in the heart of Wales, and ever since then they have worked together. Jane recalls: "In 1976 I had graduated from the Royal College of Music but knew nothing about Suzuki as there was so very little Suzuki teaching in England. I went to the camp to teach the more advanced children. I have a vivid memory of a group of children playing Perpetual Motion outside and walking around. When they repeated the music with a descant I was totally captivated by their ease of playing and their beautiful sound and at that moment I decided to learn all I could about how to teach my students the Suzuki way."
Thirty years later she is now a qualified Suzuki teacher trainer. Her three children have all become professional musicians having been raised through the Suzuki method. Jane is the director of Lauderdale and is responsible for coordinating the programme and ensuring that the staff and pupils of the Lauderdale Suzuki school are happy and receiving an excellent musical education.
Alison studied the violin at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and after graduating joined the BBC Training Orchestra in Bristol. On leaving the Training Orchestra she worked as a freelance musician and teacher in London and Scotland.
In 1980 Alison went to Japan to study with Dr. Suzuki where she graduated as a Suzuki violin teacher. This event changed her life as a teacher and she embraced Dr. Suzuki's method and philosophy wholeheartedly. On returning from Japan she assisted Felicity Lipman in running the National Suzuki Violin Teacher Training Course, and between 1989 and 2005 she was Course Director.
Alison joined the Lauderdale Suzuki Group as a teacher in the early 1990s. She has enjoyed and valued working with the teachers and students in the Group.
Elisabeth Waterhouse learned the piano from the age of 5 and violin from the age of 12. She trained as a pianist at the Royal College of Music and carried on with her studies in Munich. She has ARCM diplomas in Piano, Viola and Violin and is also a qualified Alexander Technique teacher. Elisabeth married the bassoonist William Waterhouse and their 3 children have all become professional string players. In 1972 they lived in America for 8 months where her daughters had lessons from Hiroko Primrose, a Japanese violinist married to the famous violist William Primrose. She used Dr Suzuki's method and repertoire and Elisabeth found the teaching inspirational. Back in London Elisabeth met Helen Brunner, who had also been inspired in America. Together they founded the London Suzuki Group in 1978 and shortly afterwards Elisabeth set up the Lauderdale Suzuki Group.
Today, over 30 years later, Elisabeth continues to enjoy teaching violin and viola and is a highly experienced accompanist. In 1973 Elisabeth organized her first 'Summer Music School'. This soon became an annual event and grew to two residential summer courses for string playing called Temple Dinsley Summer School (TDSS) and National Chamber Music Course (NCMC). Since 1985 both these courses have been held at a school near Hitchin and continue to enjoy huge popularity.
The Lauderdale group is extremely grateful for all Elisabeth's dedicated work. Hundreds and hundreds of children have benefited from the musical groups and summer courses that she has founded. Thank you so much Elisabeth!
After gaining degrees in Music and English Literature at Melbourne University, Australian pianist Clare Clements came to the UK to study Accompaniment and Chamber Music at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. On completion of her Master's degree, she joined the staff of the College, firstly as an accompanist and then, in 1997, as a Lecturer in the School of Keyboard Studies.
Clare's varied performing career has included accompanying singers and instrumentalists in recitals and broadcasts throughout Australia, the UK and Ireland, and playing orchestral keyboard with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She has a keen interest in contemporary music and, with her group VAMOS!, has given world premieres at the Huddersfield and Ryedale Festivals and at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.
Since moving to London in 2000, Clare has continued to enjoy a busy freelance career as an accompanist and chamber musician. In addition, she is a Lecturer in the Music Department at Morley College, teaches piano and theory privately, and runs music and singing workshops in London and the Shetland Islands. Clare made her conducting debut in March 2005 with Mendelssohn's 'Elijah' and has conducted Verdi's 'Requiem,' Mozart's 'Coronation Mass' and Haydn's 'Creation'.
Clare is a Music examiner for Trinity Gulidhall.
Patty Richards Armstrong
Patty was born in Cleveland, Ohio and began studying the piano at age 6. She received her Bachelor of Music from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and her Master of Music degree and her Performance Certificate in Opera from Eastman School of Music. She was awarded the Francis Toye Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London. She has sung professionally with Glyndebourne and was in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera".
While taking her daughter, Rachel, to Sue Harris's SUMICS, she met a very pro-Suzuki mother. Shortly after that Sharron Beamer kindly took on Rachel as a student. Patty realised that Suzuki was an amazingly universal way of teaching, inspiring and making music approachable to all. Meanwhile Patty took over Sue Harris's Baby Music Classes in Islington adding a bit of Kodaly and some American touches. Through attending musicianship classes with Rachel at Lauderdale, Patty realised that she could incorporate Sue Harris's Baby Music with what was being taught. With encouragement from Sharron Beamer and Jane Afia, Patty became an ancillary member of the Lauderdale Group.
Patty feels privileged to be a part of this association of wonderful teachers. Every week at Lauderdale she learns as much as she teaches. "Suzuki is AMAZING!"
Alice has been enjoying teaching cello through the Suzuki Method since 2005 and teaches privately in Belsize Park and at the Suzuki Hub. She is teaching musicianship at Lauderdale Suzuki Group; and doing Suzuki piano accompanying for Lauderdale Suzuki Group, Little Venice Suzuki Group, BSI teacher training courses and Southbank International Hampstead School.
Miks Silis was born in Riga, Latvia and moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan when he was eight. He started playing viola in the public school system there, at the encouragement of his mother, who is herself a professional cellist and cello teacher.
Miks went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University with Igor Fedotov, and continued his learning at the College-Conservatory of Music where he completed a Masters of Music and Artist Diploma studying under Masao Kawasaki and Dr. Catharine Carroll.
Miks began teaching Suzuki violin in 2010 and quickly realised the he loved helping children develop their own voice through their instrument. He aims to give his students a strong foundation for further musical study, so that they can continue to play and love music throughout their life.
Amy began playing the violin at age five, learning in her primary school Suzuki programme. At ten years old Amy realised music was becoming her passion, and so she went on to study chamber music intensively at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Amy's early experiences with music eventually led her to attend conservatory to train as an orchestral musician, where she studied with Masao Kawasaki and Catharine Carroll. Later while working in the United States Amy played in professional orchestras, but found herself gravitating toward teaching children.
Remembering the positive start that the Suzuki method gave her, and knowing that she wanted to work with families, Amy began training and teaching as a Suzuki teacher in 2010. Now a full time Suzuki teacher, Amy is fascinated with how the brain works when learning music, and enjoys being a part of the Suzuki family in London.
Mallory began her musical studies with piano lessons at age 4 and started Suzuki violin studies at age 6. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, studying with Mimi Zweig. She taught for several years at the Indiana University String Academy before moving to the UK in 2011.
Mallory started her Suzuki training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute and the Indianapolis Music Academy and finished her training at the British Suzuki Institute. She is now a fully qualified Level 5 Suzuki Teacher.
Harriet is a Suzuki violin teacher based in London.
Charlotte began learning the violin at the age of three with her mother, Heather Clemson, who trained with Dr Suzuki in Japan. Whilst growing up, she loved being part of the Suzuki world, and played in string ensembles, quartets, and in orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
After studying Music at Oxford University, Charlotte became a qualified Level 5 ESA Suzuki Teacher and now teaches the violin in south west London. She is pleased to work with Lauderdale Suzuki Group and Dulwich Suzuki Group, and she teaches regularly on a number of Suzuki residential courses and workshops, including Bryanston International Summer School and Dunfield Suzuki Course.
Alongside teaching, Charlotte has gained experience in the world of arts management, and has worked for the London Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra.