Cheltenham Area

Caroline Lumsden 

Laura Holt

Gloucester Academy of Music, Cheltenham

Lessons at:

Dean Close Preparatory School

Shelburne Road, Cheltenham, Gloucs GL51 6HE

Tel: 01452 385162



Summer Term 2014


Apr 19, 26,  May 3, 10, 17  June 7, 14, 21, 28  July 5

Saturday Afternoon Classes  

Infant Singing and Rhythm
String Movers (Chamber Music)
String Shakers (Chamber Music)
String Runners (Chamber Music)

The Chamber Music classes are for violin, viola and ‘cello.

Coming in September 2014: String Starter Classes for ages 4-6

Caroline teaching violinCaroline Lumsden

Caroline Lumsden is the founder and creator of the Musicland Approach, which she has developed over a 30 year period. Her Musicland characters and rhythm training are used worldwide to help the very young learn to read music subconsciously, while her approach to string teaching is used for instrumentalists to the top levels.

She trained as a violinist and singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then as a primary school teacher, before founding the Beauchamp Music Group, the Gloucester Academy of Music and Performing Arts and GAM Holiday Music and Drama Courses.

More recently, Caroline spent five years as the first Director of String Time at Junior Trinity College of Music in London. She established the String Time Programme and her curriculum was also used for the popular three to five year old ‘Scutterbug’ classes.

Constantly seeking new ways to inspire the young, Caroline currently divides her time between teaching and training.

She has many publications to her name published by Musicland, Edition Peters and Fabers and is in demand as a speaker and trainer at conferences around the world.

Laura Holt

LauraHoltpic300I began learning the violin with Caroline Lumsden at the age of 7 and soon moved on to the viola. The Musicland method was invaluable in teaching me to sight read fluently and opened up a world of musical enjoyment – it was a lot more fun being able to enjoy playing pieces than spending hours struggling with reading the notes!

My subsequent years at Beauchamp House and GAMPA were immersed in chamber music and orchestral playing, which was fantastic socially and shaped me into a really well-rounded musician.

I went on to study a degree in Psychology and Music at Royal Holloway and then completed a postgraduate course in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music.

Since then, I have worked in London both as a freelance musician (with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras and the London Chamber Orchestra) and as a full-time member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who I played with for six years. My work with the RPO took me around the world and gave me many memorable experiences. It also developed my passion for teaching through my work as a musician with the RPO Education team.

I’m thrilled to have now come full circle and had the opportunity to rejoin GAM and Musicland as a teacher. The Musicland method is a fantastic way of making music fun, and is invaluable to both children and adults alike!