My name is Alisha Baldock and I am a student of Jackie's. I really love learning from her. She is a very kind person, very patient. She never rushes me; she seems to be able to naturally judge my pace as well as always having good advice and suggestions to make things easier. Jackie is a wonderful player herself and I love to play along with her. She has a way of making you feel confident about yourself, even when you feel like you are terrible.
We were delighted to find Jackie in February this year after having trouble finding a permanent teacher that was right for our 10 year old son. We were specifically looking for a teacher who would allow our child to express himself musically while learning correct technique and have fun along the way. After a bad experience with another violin teacher who was more interested in training ‘violin robots’ we were so relieved to find Jackie! Jackie was able to quickly assess our son’s standard and learning style and immediately began to develop his skills at a pace that suited him. Jackie entered our son in his first ABRSM exam (grade 2) in July which he passed with ‘distinction’ and he is booked to sit his grade 3 exam in November. Our son has been learning violin for 18 months and enjoys playing in public and challenging himself with a huge range of music because Jackie has given him the confidence to do this. One of my favourite parts of the lesson is when my son and Jackie play duets together; this is not only important for music development but also lots of fun!! I highly recommend Jackie!
Jackie is a wonderful violin teacher who got my daughter through her first three grades. She was always so enthusiastic and encouraging and filled my daughter with confidence and a great sense of 'I can really do this'. Just wonderful!
Ang Moore, Bicester, UK
Ang Moore, Bicester, UK
We approached Jacqueline for violin lessons for our elder daughter. Our daughter, had had a go at violin at home but it was clear that she was not going to learn from her parents and consequently the violin lay neglected for 2 years. She then started with Jacqueline and immediately took to Jacqueline’s method which involves a lot of fun and laughing as well as music! Jacqueline sensed what motivated her - fun and encouragement, rewards and moving a good pace through the lessons and pieces. They got on like a house-on-fire. Within 4 months of starting, she had progressed sufficiently to be able to enter her for ABRSM Grade 1. This she took and achieved a Distinction after just 7 months of lessons. We were all delighted. She is now at a standard to enter for Grade 2 and we plan to do this in October 2011.
Dr M Knowles, Oxford, UK
I truly recommend Jackie as a violin teacher to you. As a violinist I appreciate the complexities of the instrument and the dedication required to make an audible sound! My daughter initially expressed an interest in learning the violin at 3 years old and despite numerous attempts it became clearly evident that the administrations of her mother were going nowhere other than to reduce both mother and daughter to tears and turn her away from music.
Jackie has managed to harness the desire to learn such a complex instrument within a fun element. My daughter finds aspects of learning a challenge (such as notation and timing) but Jackie has understood these needs and altered lessons and made each lesson enjoyable, tackling each new idea sensitively and slowly. For example when three weeks before an exam my daughter declared she couldn’t play the set pieces or complete the aural tests, Jackie immediately changed the emphasis and replaced the lesson plan with a fun session of duets (sight reading with a difference!). Jackie has always ensured that technique and musicianship is developed in a constructive way. Lessons are always positive even if the learner may not have practised quite as much as declared!
E. Barber, Bicester, UK