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Our Teachers

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 Afia

Jane Afia

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 Apley

Alison Apley

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.

Sharron Beamer

Sharron Beamer

Sharron was introduced to the Suzuki Method through her four children who started Suzuki violin lessons at their school. In 1978 she became a Suzuki teacher and was among the first intake of students to do the Suzuki teacher training offered by the BSI. In 1987-1988 she spent 6 months in Matsumoto, Japan studying with Dr.Suzuki himself. Dr.Suzuki called his method "Ability Development" and Sharron has always been inspired by his message that ability is not something one must be born with, but that it is something that everyone can develop. Her primary concern is to help her students to realize that they can develop ability, and to demonstrate how to go about it.

Elisabeth Waterhouse

Elisabeth Waterhouse

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!

Clare Clements

Clare Clements

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 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!"

Mona Kodama

Mona Kodama

Mona Kodama was a Suzuki child in Tokyo in the 1980’s and a regular attender of the summer school in Matsumoto. Finishing the Suzuki books up to Mendelssohn violin concerto at the age of 10 she went to study with Akiko Suwa at the Kunitachi Music School in Tokyo, and upon leaving school, Mona came to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music under Yfrah Neaman and Mark Knight, gaining a Masters in 2001.

Mona took her Suzuki teacher training in London. In addition to her private London teaching, she teaches at the Junior Guildhall School of Music, and for Hertfordshire Music Service. Mona is a regular faculty member on the British National Suzuki Workshop and the Bryanston Summer School, sits on the LSG teachers committee and the BSI School Committee, and regularly contributes to Suzuki Teacher Training Courses.

As a performer, Mona is frequently in demand in Japan where she is a popular recital soloist, and a regular guest artist at several concert series such as the "Mori-no-concert" series near Tokyo and the "City Concert" series hosted by Matsudo County Council in Chiba, Japan. In Britain, she specialises more in chamber music, having played in the Ibberson Quartet, Altissimo Ensemble, City Chamber Ensemble and others. She has given concerto performances with several British orchestras, and has performed in other European countries, including concerto performances in Germany and Romania, and in chamber music festivals and tours across Spain and southern France.

Alice Biddulph

Alice Biddulph

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

Miks Silis

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. Miks received his Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University studying under Igor Fedotov. While there he participated in many chamber music ensembles and masterclasses most notably with Cynthia Phelps and Ida Kavafian.

Miks attended the College-Constervatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he earned a Master of Music and Artist Diploma studying under Masao Kawasaki and Dr. Catharine Carroll. While studying there he attended the Aspen Music Festival and School for three summers where he performed under several conductors including Alan Gilbert, David Robertson, Michael Stern and Hugh Wolf.

Since leaving school Miks has maintained a busy freelance career in Cincinnati playing with several orchestras including the Cincinnati Pops and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Miks is also a member of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.

Amy Cluggish

Amy Cluggish

Amy began playing the violin at age five in Cincinnati, Ohio USA learning as a Suzuki student until age ten. She went on to study chamber music intensively at the School for Creative and Performing Arts where she studied with the Corbett String Quartet for five years. After highschool she was awarded a merit scholarship to study with Masao Kawasaki and Dr. Catharine Carroll at the College-Conservatory of Music, where she first began teaching as a graduate student, assisting her professors in teaching technique. While working in the United States Amy played in professional orchestras, including the Louisville Orchestra, Columbus Symphony and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Drawing on these different backgrounds, Amy began teaching children as a Suzuki method teacher in 2010. Amy finds inspiration in how the brain learns, and in the belief that everyone is capable of learning anything if they practise consistently.

Mallory Hamm

Mallory Hamm

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, Director of the Indiana University String Academy. While attending IU, she was also an instructor at the IU String Academy, a pre-college program for ages 4-18, and a teaching assistant at the IU Summer String Academy. Between 2009-2011, she taught at the IU funded Fairview Elementary School Violin Project with Dr. Brenda Brenner.
She received her Suzuki training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute and the Indianapolis Music Academy in the United States; she is continuing her Suzuki training in the UK through the British Suzuki Institute.

Harriet Benton

Harriet Benton

Harriet is a Suzuki violin teacher based in London.