Emma studied flute with Brenda Dykes and piano with Philip Mead at Anglia Polytechnic University. She then studied in France with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod.
She has been a teacher in Cambridge for many years, teaching students of all ages and experience, and especially enjoys teaching young children. This can take the shape of 'music games' with lots of creative time using all the piano right from the start, listening to sound and making sound pictures or stories and lots of singing and 'rhythm games'.
She joined CIMA ( Cambs County Music) in 1998 and continues to enjoy teaching primary school children woodwind and keyboard. This has its challenges!!! especially trying to prepare a group of children for their Associated Board exams within the confines of a twenty minute shared lesson!
Advanced pupils are welcome: Emma believes music can teach us how to step fully into our lives with a deeper understanding of our humanity through the beauty, complexity and profound transient nature of music.
Apart from teaching woodwind and keyboard, Emma divides her time performing, composing and practising Buddhist meditation. She has written music for documentaries and films as well as music specially written for the concert hall. The recordings of her music have received great critical acclaim. her latest projects include a large scale work called'The Sound Of Colliding Mountains' for orchestra and electronics, a series of Nocturnes based on Whistler paintings for small ensemble and 'Seascapes' for piano based on paintings by Cambridge artist Sarah Blake.