Music Theory Classes

Music Theory Classes with Helen.

Helen is delighted to offer Music Theory lessons at Merlin.  Helen has a had a huge amount of experience of teaching both Piano and Clarinet as well as theory teaching with composition.  Born just down the road in Hawick, Helen enjoyed a rich and diverse musical upbringing in the Scottish Borders, becoming Principal Clarinet of both the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Scotland. Gaining a place to study clarinet, piano and academic music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, a Virtuosi Society bursary enabled a period of study with Gervase de Peyer in Washington DC. Helen graduated in 1996 going on to follow an exciting and varied career in and around Manchester for many years whilst raising a young family.  As well as teaching, performing and directing across a huge spectrum of styles, she has directed the music for live BBC broadcasts, including her own compositions and arrangements on Radio 4.  Helen is delighted to have now returned to her homeland with her husband Simon and their children and is loving her new lifestyle in this beautiful part of the world, combining instrumental and theory teaching with composition.  Last May she composed a Fanfare and arranged music for Prince William’s trip to Edinburgh and she is currently working on a new commission for Marchmont House in Berwickshire.

Helen is delighted to join the Merlin Academy and is warmly looking forward to meeting the students and enabling them to develop their own skills and love of music.

To book your taster or find out more please email the Merlin Office on or phone us on 01896 822376 or visit us at Palma Place, Melrose, TD69PR.