Ingrid Sellschop

Ingrid Sellschop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Felix Buser

Felix Buser

 

 

 

 

 

Glynis Dickinson

Glynis Dickinson

 

Our Teachers

Ingrid Sellschop

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Ingrid Sellschop is the Principal of Cranbrook Colourstrings. She began her music studies in America at the age of eight and was fortunate enough to learn the violin with Irwin Eisenberg, of the Philadelphia String Quartet.  Later, back in the UK she continued her studies with Vera Kantrovitch, Frederic Grinke, Clarence Myerscough, Jack Rosenberg, Nicholas Roth and Diana Cummings. The experience of learning with these respected pedagogues inspired Ingrid to specialise in teaching. Indeed, it has always felt like a vocation for her. She has successfully combined playing in many chamber orchestras with teaching in such schools as Kings Canterbury, Haberdashers Askes School for Girls, Dulwich Prep School, Benenden Girls School and the Kent Music Academy.

When Ingrid discovered Colourstrings in 1995 she was immediately drawn to it and began training with Deborah Harris at the North London Colourstrings Centre. She was soon asked to join the staff there and taught Music Kindergarten and Violin for several years before moving to Kent. Not surprisingly, Ingrid missed her Colourstrings teaching and so in April 2005 Cranbrook Colourstrings evolved as a satellite school to the North London Colourstrings Centre. It now operates independently of the North London school and approximately 50 children currently enjoy the Music Kindergarten and instrumental programmes and Ingrid derives enormous pleasure from watching very young babies and children develop into such well-rounded musicians and confident, happy individuals.

As well as attending two Colourstrings summer schools, Ingrid went to Finland last year to observe Colourstrings teaching at the school where it originated. She was able to sit in on lessons conducted by Géza Szilvay, who developed the Colourstrings method, and discuss teaching matters with him and his colleagues. To hear such wonderful teaching and music-making was truly inspirational!

Felix Buser

Felix Buser was born in Basle in Switzerland. He studied the cello at the Basle Konservatorium with Reine Flachot and Thomas Demenga and was awarded a specialist performer’s diploma. Whilst a student he took part in masterclasses in France and Switzerland, and in 1981 was invited to participate in special workshops at the Montepulciano Festival organised by Hans Werner Henze. Felix’s professional career has included work with the Basle Sinfonietta, the Schweizer Streichorchester and the Aargauer Symphonieorchester in Switzerland, as well as the chamber orchestra ‘La Follia’ in France. He was a member of both a string quartet and a piano trio in Basle which gave regular recitals throughout Switzerland. In 1990 he married a British violinist and is now resident in the UK where he follows a freelance career divided between teaching and performing with the emphasis on chamber music.

Felix started his first teaching appointment while he was studying . In spite of his experience of having taught the cello in various countries for over 30 years he was instantly won over by colourstrings when he was introduced to it. As a result it has transformed his approach to teaching.

Glynis Dickinson

Glynis began learning to play both piano and violin when she was 11 years old and then studied piano with Eric Hope, violin with Jean Harvey and harpsichord with Virginia Black at the Royal Academy of Music. Throughout her career she has performed regularly as an accompanist, orchestral player and sometimes as a soloist, combining this with a busy teaching schedule. Some years ago while living in London she studied for an MA in Music Education at London University's Institute of Education and it was during this time while looking at different pedagogical approaches to music that she became totally convinced of the Kodaly approach. Since then she has attended several British Kodaly Academy courses and courses organised by The Voices Foundation and has used what she has learned to completely transform her class music teaching in the various prep schools she has worked in recently. Having also recently been introduced to the concept of Colourkeys in learning to play the piano she is very excited by the prospect of this unique approach. She is very much looking forward to working with the children of Colourstrings, Cranbrook.