Flute and Recorder Teacher

 

Marie Willis

BMus (Hons), Dalcroze Eurhythmics Certificate, PG Dip. MTh,

 

Marie is passionate about engaging people in experiencing the power of music.

Marie is an experienced teacher of clarinet, saxophone, recorder and piano. She has been teaching group clarinet, saxophone, flute and recorder at Marshall Laing Music School since 2012, and has taught child and adult students privately on the above instruments. Marie performs regularly in various ensembles; from wind/concert orchestras and show bands, to smaller ensembles and kiirtan (devotional music) groups.

Marie’s primary instrument of study and performance is clarinet (Advanced Certificate in Clarinet

Performance with Distinction, 2000, ABRSM). Additionally, Marie has achieved Grade 8 Piano Performance with Distinction, (1998, GSMD).

Marie graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music (Hons) from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom in 2001, and went on to complete a Certificate training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Marie’s training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics continually inspires her to deepen her work in music teaching and performance.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics is known as an ‘active’ approach to teaching music as it engages students in holistic experiential learning through use of the body in music-facilitated movement games and exercises, alongside voice work/aural development and improvisation. This comprehensive approach to music learning greatly assists students with internalisation, and understanding of musical elements (such as developing rhythmic stability, and making sense of melodic phrasing and harmonic progression etc), whilst developing musical sensitivity, confident self-expression, and promoting ensemble skills. Although usually taught as a specific Dalcroze Eurhythmics class, Marie incorporates the approach within her instrumental teaching; fostering students’ capacity to be responsive, flexible and creative musicians.

Marie’s training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics revolutionised her understanding of musicianship and has significantly influenced her subsequent work as a performing arts specialist in primary schools (UK), private and contracted music tutor (UK, and NZ), music workshop facilitator (NZ), and her work as a registered music therapist (UK, and NZ). Marie completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy in 2005 (London, UK). She has over 10 years experience, in various roles, working with people with special needs.

In the last few years, having embarked on a journey of (slowly) learning Spanish, and for a brief time, the Carnatic (South Indian) bamboo flute; Marie is acutely aware of the challenges students face as they learn to navigate, think, and ‘perform’ in a new language and cultural mindset.