We provide tuition on the violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano in our first floor teaching studios.
All of our lessons are provided by highly qualified and experienced teachers and the first 30 minutes is free. To book in with one of our teachers call Maurice on 01260 400762, email us at [email protected] or contact us through the contact form.
Manager and Co-Director - Maurice Walker
Maurice was born and raised in Chase Town, Cannock in the Midlands. He played the cornet in the local Colliery band and his secondary school orchestra from age 12. His passion for music was rekindled when his granddaughter Jayne (See below) started playing the violin at age 4.
Before co-directing Walker's Strings, Maurice has held several careers, from working in the police force, farming and HGV driving. He is now our shop and tutor manager and is the friendly face of the company on the front desk.
If you have been in the shop and noticed the wooden counter, benches and cabinets, they have all been made by Maurice who is a keen amateur carpenter.
Maurice's outside interests include volunteering at Congleton Youth Orchestra, a Councillor on Congleton Town Council, as well as fishing, gardening, crown green bowling and sailing.
Co-Director and Strings Tutor - Jayne Walker-Delargy
Jayne is a violin teacher based in Congleton, Cheshire.
She studied the Viola at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Music with honours (BMus (Hons)) in July of 2011.
She has worked and taught on several small ensemble courses across the UK and appeared in concerts at Stellenbosch University in South Africa as part of the International Viola Congress. She has also taught internationally, holding a post for six months as a string tutor in Kuching, Borneo.
Jayne's playing first started as a young child when she started to learn the violin at the age of 4, cello at age 16 and then later taking up the viola as a third study which then went on to be her principal study whilst being a part of the Junior RNCM. Jayne later went on to win the Junior RNCM Viola prize. She teaches 5 days a week at Walker's strings and is the string tutor at Congleton Youth Orchestra.
"I believe in giving my students the opportunities they deserve with a thorough grounding and understanding in all key areas of musical development. I use a variety of methods for teaching which are designed for individual students, giving me the choice and freedom to design a course of study which will prove most effective for my students. I work primarily with the ABRSM syllabus for exams and qualifications, but will work with others if it better suits my students' needs. I am comfortable teaching any age of student, from child to adult and believe that anyone can learn at any stage of life. Every new student gets a free half hour consultation lesson on violin, viola and cello. Please provide your own instrument. Starting music and other resources will be provided in your first lesson.
Please contact us for more information."
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Piano and Cello Tutor - Eliana Haylett
Eliana is a piano teacher and accompanist based in Congleton, Cheshire. She started playing piano when she was 11, alongside other instruments including the Cello and Chinese stringed instrument, Guzheng.
She studied piano and cello privately while in Singapore and was also an active member of her local orchestra and church, where she played the piano and cello. She has participated in several concerts and competitions as part of an ensemble, and also co-organised a basic theory workshop in 2014.
She has attained a Grade 8 standard in piano and plays the cello for leisure. She is currently working towards a Diploma in piano performance under the London College of Music, with plans to take the examination at the end of 2018. Her other musical interests include music history, extended piano technique and special needs pedagogy. Born in Singapore, Eliana moved to Cambridge in September 2014 to study at a private sixth form, where she attained A levels in Politics, Philosophy and History. She moved to Congleton after getting married in November 2016. Eliana visits Singapore biannually when she can.
Eliana's music lessons are tailored to each student. With a unique understanding of special needs in children and adults, her teaching is focused on efficient practice methods and a comprehensive understanding of the music played. She believes that music education should be accessible to people of all ages and abilities, and aims to provide an enjoyable and holistic learning environment.