Becca Spencer.

Dalcroze Coach.

Becca studied music at Birmingham University. She went on to train at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), joining the acclaimed specialist strings PGCE course whilst simultaneously continuing her post-graduate viola studies with Louise Lansdown. It was during this time that Becca discovered Dalcroze, and found its movement based approach to musical learning to be hugely complimentary to her instrumental development. Along with her PGCE, she gained a distinction for both her viola postgraduate Diploma recital and her Dalcroze certificate.

Becca has taught Dalcroze for the last 16years, working with students from 4-25yrs.  She worked at Junior RNCM and Young Strings at RNCM for 12years, and also at Yorkshire Young Musicians.  She set up Manchester Young Musicians, running musicianship classes to integrate Dalcroze with instrumental playing.  This school flourished over the 10years that she taught there.

Becca moved south in 2019 when she married and is now living in Cardiff with her wife and two young children.  She teaches Dalcroze at the Junior Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and is very excited to be the first Dalcroze teacher in Bristol, teaching in schools, Bristol Pre-Conservatoire, and string programmes.

Becca has developed many strategies to integrate Dalcroze into her string pedagogy and teaching.  She has been invited to teach Dalcroze on many nationally renowned string residential courses.  Since 2014 Becca has been on the faculty for New Virtuosi, an international course for talented violinists, directed by Ani Schnarch from the Royal College of Music.  Becca has delivered many workshops at music education conferences, and led professional development for teachers across the UK.

Becca was the viola player in the Unthanks, a contemporary folk band 2009-19.  They were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2009, won Best Album at the BBC Folk Awards in 2016, and are the only British folk representation in The Guardian’s and Uncut’s best albums of the last decade.