The Milsom School of Music is built upon the teaching practices of partners David Milsom (violin, viola) and Ruth Milsom (piano, aural, theory), each with over 20 years' experience of individual and group tuition. In addition, David and Ruth have close collaborative links with a number of other teachers in Sheffield and actively encourage their pupils to pursue a broad and varied musical education.
Students of all ages and abilities are taught in one-to-one lessons, which forms the cornerstone of teaching and learning. In addition, from time to time we put on workshop sessions in performance presentation skills, and aural skills (based around the ABRSM and Trinity-Guildhall exam requirements). We also mount informal concert opportunities in which pupils, whether beginners or more experienced players, have the opportunity to perform in front of family and friends in a relaxed and supportive environment.
David and Ruth are passionate about encouraging the very best from their students, whatever their level of experience and ability, and keen to encourage a holistic learning philosophy that empowers the individual student and sees them expand in confidence as musicians.
Who are we?
Both former graduates of the Music Department of the University of Sheffield, David and Ruth Milsom have been active in Sheffield as performing musicians and instrumental teachers for at least twenty years. David is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Huddersfield, where he has responsibility for teaching performance in a large range of different contexts, as well as performing regularly with fellow staff and students as violinist, violist, and conductor. Ruth is a very experienced piano teacher and accompanist, as well as a freelance research assistant and desktop publisher, often working with David on performance and academic projects. You can read more about them elsewhere on this site.
Why choose the Milsom School?
Above all else we want our pupils to grow into knowledgeable, sensitive and thoughtful musicians, no matter what stage they reach with their instrument. David and Ruth, who are both practicing performers, are thoroughly committed to passing on their knowledge and skills to the next generation. Pedagogically, the Milsom School is founded in established teaching principles of the European tradition - we are not followers of any one particular philosophy , but, rather, seek to create individual programmes of study for our pupils based upon a wide and well-established level of experience.
A key element to this philosophy in relation to school-age pupils is to engage in and foster a 'community of learning' between teacher, pupil, and family/parents. David and Ruth engage actively with parents of a music pupil in order to help develop learning strategies and support, and our termly informal concerts aim to be family-oriented and child-centred, providing opportunities to meet others involved in the learning process.
Where do we work?
We are based in South-West Sheffield, close to the universities, and the suburbs of Fulwood, Ranmoor, Ecclesall and Nether Edge, where many of our pupils live. Most of our lessons are peripatetic, and take place at pupils' houses, subject to suitability and timetabling, although some lessons are also held at our home address. In addition, David's work at Huddersfield also means that he is able to teach pupils between Sheffield and Huddersfield.
Handbook of 19th-Century Violin Playing
Commissioned by publishers Boydell & Brewer, this new book by David Milsom will offer practical insights into violin playing in the long 19th century. This volume follows on from earlier immersive studies made by David, and aims to guide violinists (and other string players) in discovering how older approaches to music performance and violin style can inform their playing today.
David has recently embarked upon three major recording projects: J.S. Bach solo violin works (DVD), Romantic piano trios, and a disc of violin and piano works with Jonathan Gooing.
News and audio/video clips are available on David's website.
A-Z of String Players
David Milsom's latest publication, for the renowned Naxos record label, is now available to buy. The 'A-Z of String Players' is a biographical survey of 303 solo violinists, violists, cellists and bassists, and their legacy on record.
Sheffield Music Hub provides many opportunites for young musicians to sing and play together.