Melissa Whitehead

  • Prices: £13 per half hour / £26 per hour
  • Location: NE4 5PD
  • Instrument(s) Taught: Violin, Music Theory
  • Ages: 7+
  • Genres Covered: Classical, Folk, Traditional, Scottish, Popular Music, Non-Genre Specific, Casual
  • Contact: [email protected]

Teacher's Biography:

I began learning the violin at school, studying both classical violin and Scottish fiddle. Growing up in the Highlands of Scotland, music was a huge part of my childhood and I played in various folk music groups and orchestras. I moved to Newcastle in 2009 to study for a BMus (Hons) in Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University where I chose to specialise in Scottish traditional music and gained a first in performance. In 2017 I gained a postgraduate diploma with distinction in instrumental teaching from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance which I studied alongside my teaching in Newcastle.

I began giving private violin and fiddle lessons in Newcastle during 2011 and I haven't stopped since! I teach mainly individual lessons to students as young as 7 all the way through to retired adults. A large number of my students start with me as complete beginners but I also teach intermediate and advanced students.

Most of my students choose to focus on classical violin or folk fiddle but many want to learn the instrument itself and therefore play a variety of musical styles which can be incredibly beneficial. I also think it's really important to make lessons relevant to the student's interests so I always try to include music they love and enjoy wherever possible alongside a range of tried and trusted violin tutor books.

The option of taking grade exams is open to all students but I completely understand that some prefer not to or would like to wait a few years first. I currently enter students for both ABRSM and Trinity College violin, fiddle and music theory exams. I am also a fully trained Music Medal teacher-assessor for ABRSM Music Medals aimed at younger students.

Music Qualifications / Achievements:

  • PGDip with Distinction 'The Teaching Musician' (Instrumental Teaching), Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • BMus (Hons) Folk And Traditional Music, Newcastle University
  • An Introduction to Safeguarding Young People (Level 1), Prospero Teaching
  • Advanced Higher Music (A), SQA
  • Grade 5 Violin, ABRSM
  • Private Violin and Fiddle Teacher (2011 – Present)
  • Tyneside Fiddle Alliance Guest Tutor (2015 – Present)
  • Bellingham Middle School Ceilidh Band Tutor (2013-2014)
  • Tarset Ceilidh Band Guest Tutor (2013)


"Melissa has been a great tutor, she's been teaching me for just over a year now and I can say it's been a real pleasure learning to play the fiddle. As an adult learner in my 30's with a very little musical background, Melissa has done a brilliant job helping me pick up the basics and a lot more." – Adult Student

"Melissa is an amazing teacher. Since I started taking lessons with her, my technique has improved so much, and I feel much more confident. I always look forward to my lessons." – Adult Student

"Melissa has proved to be the most wonderful teacher. I love my lessons – they are like an oasis in my hectic week! Melissa tailors lessons entirely to individual needs. Endless patience and really knows how to instil confidence. I can't recommend her enough." – Adult Student


To book your first lesson with me, or to find out more about my lessons, don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing me on [email protected].

Has Been Teaching Music For

5 Years+



Youngest Student Age Taught


DBS Certification

Enhanced DBS

Public Liability Insurance


Genres Covered

Classical, Folk, Traditional, Scottish, Popular Music, Non-Genre Specific, Casual

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2 reviews for Melissa Whitehead


We have a 9 year old girl who really enjoys her lessons with Melissa. Melissa makes her feel very comfortable, gives her confidence and we see the improvements in our daughter’s playing every week.


I am now in my forties. I never thought I could ever learn to read music let alone play the violin. Melissa is making this dream possible. She teaches the fiddle in a very pragmatic way that is very easy to learn and remember…

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