Oxford Area

Abbie Adiri
Gemma Fowkes

contact: 07979 813252         email: musiclandoxford@gmail.com

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Abbie Adiri –  String Starters, Junior Orchestra,Violin lessons

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Starting in 1984 I was one of the first pupils to go through the Musicland system, learning the violin under Caroline Lumsden’s tuition. This thorough understanding of the system from the inside, has formed my musical career as an orchestral, and chamber music performer, and as a string teacher.

Having experienced the advantages this system brings to sight reading skills, and musicianship, I have been passionate about passing on my joy in music making to children. After studying music at King’s College London, and experiencing freelance orchestral playing throughout London, and much further afield, I decided to focus my attention on string, and chamber music tuition, where my true passion lies.

I have taught in the Berkshire, Bath and Gloucester County music systems, and also in the private sector at Maltman’s Green prep school, The Latymer School, The King’s School, Gloucester and currently at Cokethorpe School in Witney. Along side this I found my way back to Musicland’s base by teaching violin at the Gloucester Academy of Music (GAM), and tutoring on their Easter and Summer school courses.

Now living in Oxford with my husband and two small boys, I am keen to start Musicland off in a new area, and share what our approach has to offer to the children in Oxford.



Gemma Fowkes – Babybugs, Scutterbugs, Singing & Rhythm

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Growing up, I studied singing, trumpet and piano with the Berkshire Young Maestros service. I later went on to study music at King’s College, London and as a Postgraduate at Southampton University. After leading several vocal groups throughout university, I continued to teach piano and toddler music groups around London while working as a classical music agent and as competitions and chamber music co-ordinator at the Royal Academy of Music.

Having recently moved to Oxfordshire I am now a primary school teacher and am absolutely delighted to be working alongside Abbie at Musicland. Using this system is incredibly exciting for me as I witness its superior musical results.


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I was awarded a scholarship to the junior department of the Royal College of Music and after completing my educational studies I was awarded an exhibition to the Royal College of Music where I studied with Cello with Christopher Bunting and Piano with Peter Wallfisch.

I have been lucky enough to have played with many worldwide soloists including cello ensembles with Mistlav Rostropovitch and Julian Lloyd Webber as well as performing with worldwide conductors and have freelanced orchestrally all over the world.

In 1998 I moved to Malta and became a member of the Malta Philharmonic and also specialised in Baroque Cello.

September 2012 I changed direction and moved back to the UK with my family took up a new position in the UK as Orchestrator/Copyist working with Contemporary Music Media Productions. I also teach at Cokethorpe School and St Clare’s Oxford as well as running Oxford Music Practice for Cello and Piano.

Teaching at Musicland is without a doubt a passion of mine. The design and structure is perfect for children to learn and build their skills in music in a fun and friendly environment.




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I studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Performance. I have also achieved my Amus A (Associate Diploma of Music, Australia) on the violin. As well as performing as part of the Conservatorium Symphony, Chamber and Opera Orchestras, I have performed with the Queensland Pops Orchestra, Opera Australia, Orchestra Vitae and the Oxford Proms Orchestra to name a few. I have also done many gigs as a string quartet.

I have been teaching the violin since 2006, both in Australia and the UK. I have taught privately and in schools, often putting students through for examinations. Since moving to Oxford in 2013 I have been working for the Oxford Music Service which involves individual, small group and whole class teaching across a diverse range of abilities from beginners to diploma level.





“Amazing!”   Mary, Summertown.

“I can’t thank you enough for nurturing his enthusiasm for music and the excellent tuition.  So much better than I had at his age! He loves it and looks forward to it every week, and his sense of pitch and rhythm is coming along nicely.” Emma, Headington

“By far the best baby music class I have experienced.”  Sarah, Witney

“Wonderful interaction, very welcoming, warm atmosphere” Michelle.

“Really lovely-Ed had a great time” Peter, Wheatley.

“Outstanding! She loved it!” Julia, North Oxford.