Jinny Smith

Jinny – piano and violin teacher

Jinny is a piano and violin teacher with over twenty five years’ experience working alongside children and young people. Following completion of a foundation course at Leeds College of Music she graduated from Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds, with a B.Ed. (Hons) in education and music (1989).  Since then she has taught in many schools, both as an instrumental teacher working for two Music Services and a Primary and Middle School music teacher. She has also worked as a class teacher in mainstream and SEN settings. With 100% pass rate for students wishing to take ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall examinations, with many achieving merits and distinctions, Jinny has also successfully prepared students for the performance elements of their GCSE Music exams.

She strongly believes that everyone should be given the opportunity to participate in music activities and has an inclusive approach, incorporating different teaching strategies and genres into lessons enabling students to draw on their strengths and different learning styles. She has experience teaching children with Special Educational Needs, including those on the autistic spectrum and uses Makaton signing where appropriate.

Performing plays a large part in Jinny’s life. She is a founder member of Sussex Symphony Orchestra (1st violin), where she has performed for the BBC, and with artists such as Katherine Jenkins, Aled Jones and Blake. She also sings in the Brighton Festival Chorus and plays piano and organ in church services. In addition to a degree where violin and piano were joint first studies she holds Grade 8s in viola and music theory.

Having just graduated with an MA in Music Education from the IOE, University of London (the world’s leading centre for education and applied social science, 2014), Jinny is thrilled to have studied alongside those at the forefront of educational research and to have had the opportunity to enhance her knowledge and teaching skills in light of current pedagogical practices.

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Perhaps you’ve never considered the option of online learning for your child, but in these months of uncertainty, virtual lessons are the perfect solution in the short term.  Your child will be excited, engaged and inspired to keep learning.  We’ll tailor your lessons to your needs and can be flexible with your arrangements.  Get in touch today!