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Meet the Team
Nadja's love for music became apparent at an early age - as a toddler, she used to sing more than she talked! Similarly, her first experience of being a teacher came early when at the age of ten she began to mentor her exceptionally talented younger brother, who began to play the piano by ear when he was three. He is now a sound designer and composer!
Nadja enjoys playing a number of instruments (piano, accordion and violin) and as a high schooler used to give piano lessons to earn extra pocket money. However, a nagging sense that there was a deeper understanding of music that was eluding her prevented her from pursuing a career in music. Coming to the music school with her oldest in 2012, she immediately saw the genius behind the Kodály method and went on to train as a Kodály teacher, joining the Len Tyler Music School team in 2017. Finding the career that she thought she could never have, Nadja took over the Len Tyler Music School in 2020 during the Coronavirus crisis, creating in Vivace an online platform for delivering Kodály-based music classes.
Nadja is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and the British Kodály Academy (BKA), and is working towards certification with the BKA.
Karen van Lokven
Karen's musical life began at the age of 8 when she was inspired to take up the clarinet after watching BBC Young Musician of the Year, Emma Johnson. She passed her grade 8 clarinet with merit at the age of 15, whilst also studying piano and classical guitar. Karen chose to major in clarinet solo and ensemble performance as part of her Music and English degree at Southampton University, graduating with a 2.1 in 1997. She pursued an interest in special needs education and then in 2004 she set up a private practice teaching clarinet, saxophone and piano. Since then Karen has worked in several private schools and now works for Surrey Arts in Waverley. Karen first met Len Tyler in 2004 when she joined the Rushmoor Concert Band which Len was then conducting. She was intrigued by the vocal warm ups which Len insisted on starting rehearsals with and increasingly fascinated by the Kodály approach to music. Karen is convinced that the Kodály approach practised by Vivace (formerly Len Tyler Music School) is the way forward. Her own children have been attending the school since 2011, with her daughter attending from 6 weeks. She has trained with the British Kodály Academy, Colourstrings International and other organisations.
Throughout her life, Frances has always been actively involved in music. Since starting to play the recorder, piano and violin as a youngster, as well as singing in the church choir, she has constantly been a member of at least one choir or orchestra, performing in concerts being a regular feature in her life. She has played viola in Woking Symphony Orchestra since 2002, particularly enjoying the annual children’s concert each January. She thoroughly enjoys opportunities for occasional ad hoc string quartetting.
Her musical hobby has proved to have a huge overlap with her career as a primary school teacher, as Frances has been put in charge of music at each school she has worked in, putting on shows, running choirs and mixed bands at every opportunity, from Cheshire to Essex, Ecuador and back to Surrey! Sharing and inspiring a love of music has been of paramount importance throughout her teaching career of over 25 years. The search for a top quality introduction to music led Frances to take her pre-school daughter to the Len Tyler Music School, now Vivace, which in turn has led to a growing interest in the Kodály approach.
Frances now combines teaching primary class music with teaching piano and pre-school music, the ideal combination for keeping her on her musical toes!
Teacher & Admin
Emily’s musical journey began when she was selected as one of the founder members of the Girls’ Choir at Salisbury Cathedral. The experience gave her a life-long passion for choral singing and music. Alongside singing she studied the piano and viola from a young age, achieving grade 8 on both instruments in addition to singing and music theory. After completing a double A-Level in practical and theoretical music, she went on to study music at Oxford Brookes University where she achieved a first class honours degree. During her time at university she developed a love for song-writing and enjoyed performing locally.
Emily went on to do a Primary PGCE, and since then has been a piano teacher, a class music teacher and a head of music at a preparatory school. Emily has directed various choirs over the years, and is a big believer in encouraging anyone to sing, whatever their musical background may be.
Having young children sparked an interest in musical development in the Early Years, and since bringing her little ones to the classes at Vivace Music School, Emily has become increasingly interested in the Koldály method and the wonderful foundation it provides young musicians.
Maureen was born into a musical family and her love and passion for music became evident at a very young age. Her first instruments were piano and violin and throughout her primary ages she played in a training orchestra. She then took up the flute when she was 10 years old and as a rebellious teenager decided to start a rock band and embarked on a mission to teach herself the guitar. Throughout her teenage years she was involved in many musical projects including the school band, a rock band, church choir, jazz band, and even a barn dance band where she earnt some pocket money! She was also involved in a gamelan project for a while where she performed both in Brighton and at school.
Today her love for music continues. She plays her flute in a local concert band and always has other music projects on the go. Her latest is learning the hammered dulcimer and composing on it.
Maureen was introduced to the Kodály approach to teaching music when she started to bring her son with complex needs to classes. She has been attending the classes with him for many years and has seen first-hand the amazing impact Kodály has on children, and how intuitive it is. Having spent time working with young children, Maureen is delighted to combine her twin passions for music and working with young children in pursuing music teaching with Vivace Music School.
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