Kate Risdon (BA hons Music) is a qualified flute teacher and performer who holds both Dip(ABRSM) (flute teaching) and LRSM (performance) with distinctions.
Kate encourages all her students to gain confidence and experience through a variety of music-making opportunities. Her primary aim is to inspire a life-long participation in and love of music; alongside coaching for grade exams and GCSE and A-level performances, she organises flute choir workshops and concerts, which enable students to collaborate, socialise and perform to an audience. She encourages all of them who are able to attend flute courses and music holidays to broaden their musical knowledge and enjoyment of playing. Students also have access to piccolo, alto and bass flute.
Students with Special Educational Needs
Kate’s contacts with organisations such as the British Dyslexia Association and RNIB Music Advisory Service together with her colleagues in the British Paraorchestra mean she is well placed to research the best practice and resources to assist students with a range of learning needs.
Membership of Professional Organisations
Kate is a member of both the British Flute Society and the Incorporated Society of Musicians; she therefore has a wealth of knowledge and contacts in both the flute world and the wider musicians’ community to benefit her students. Her membership of these organisations also gives her access to a wealth of professional development opportunities: she takes an active part in master classes, conferences and seminars. She has played in master classes given by internationally-renowned violinist, Tasmin Little and theorbo player, Mat Wadsworth. She receives mentoring periodically from Flautist and teacher Atarah Ben-Tovim (MBE), and firmly believes that such personal development as a musician is essential.
Other Teaching Activities
Before moving to Peterborough, Kate took an active role in the musical life of her local village church for a number of years, running a choir and organising concerts. She taught in her local primary school, encouraging singing and instrumental playing. She ran both a toddler and Nursery School singing group for four years.