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 some 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.
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.
Brought up in Kemerovo in her native Russia, Natasha has always had a deep love and passion of music. In 1998 she qualified as a piano teacher at Kemerovo Regional College of Music in the south western region of Siberia in Russia and then two years at Music Academy as a professional singer. Although her career path didn’t follow music initially her passion for music and children resulted in her becoming a teacher with the Len Tyler Music School, now Vivace, in 2014 where she now running a number of classes across many age groups.
Natasha has trained in the Kodály approach to music education in both classroom and instrumental settings with Len Tyler, Nikhil Dally and Elza & Chris Lusher amongst others. Her passion for music is evident in her pupils.
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!