Head Start Music Theory Founder Fiona Mackay is a professional singer and singing teacher based in Hertfordshire.
Fiona studied music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, before training as an opera singer at the Royal Academy of Music. She has worked for Opera North, Opera Holland Park, the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, Polyphony and the Gabrieli Consort. As a teacher, she has worked at a number of schools in London and the home counties, including North London Collegiate School, the London Oratory, Wellington College, St. Anthony's Preparatory School, and Harpenden Musicale. She is also a vocal coach for the National Children's Choir.
Fiona founded Head Start Music Theory to address the needs of instrumental teachers and their pupils. There is always a lot to cover in a one-to-one instrumental lesson, from learning and perfecting pieces, to scales, sight reading and aural skills. It can be difficult to make sure that a pupil also has a really solid foundation in music theory, and this is where Head Start Music Theory can help.
Head Start Music Theory courses make music theory fun and interesting, and above all supports the teaching they are receiving in their instrumental lessons. The online format means that the sessions are very convenient and easy to access across the country. The courses cover the early stages of the ABRSM's Graded Music theory syllabus, and are designed for pupils who are in the first few years of learning their instrument.