HELLO! I love music and how it bridges diverse cultures, languages and beliefs. In my work, I celebrate how music can connect, inspire and uplift.
I grew up in a village in the north east of England. I was shy, an introvert and music was full of wonder and became my imaginary world. As a country kid, I had to travel to a city to gain access to specialist teachers and participate in national music education training programs. It wasn’t until I auditioned for the Royal College of Music at the age of twelve that my music world and career pathway began to open up. Fast forward thirty-five years of working in the music industry, and I live with my husband and two children in a village on the Sunshine Coast, Gubbi Gubbi Country, Queensland. I came full circle to live in a village the other side of the world! A life in music is rewarding and enriching. I can't wait to meet you and see how I can contribute to your music learning journey.
ABOUT MY TEACHING PRACTICE
What makes my approach to teaching unusual is that I draw out your potential and create playful sessions that can unlock your creative edge. I provide you with clear feedback, challenge your thinking rather than your technique and work with you to deepen your knowledge and boost your self-confidence.
I love working with students of all levels and ages to develop your potential, to cultivate your artistry and to deepen your creative process. Not one of my students approaches learning in the same way. I relish this diversity and help you embed healthy mindsets, performance boosters and productivity tools in your practice.
My passion is to deliver progressive and innovative music education that engages, inspires and motivates students. I have decades of experience guiding youth and adult students through preliminary to diploma level and also, simply learning for pleasure.
"Tom comes home from his class on cloud 9 – whips his cello out and shows the family what he has learnt. Your enthusiasm is contagious. Thanks so much!" - Libby & Andrew Robertson, Parents
"Classes are amazingly awesome! Couldn’t have found a better teacher! Such a privilege to learn music from a musician who is as incredible as you." - Kiara Harvey, Youth Student
"Our focus is on the enjoyment of learning about classical music and discovering how to play an instrument, as opposed to the process of how to play notes ‘correctly’. As a family we feel that your style of teaching is in harmony with our own philosophy and I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful start to cello." Home Schooling Parents
"You are a rare find, both an excellent performer and inspiring teacher. Your lessons are SO rewarding, and carefully prepared. You instinctively understand and work with all the varying personalities, abilities and goals of your students. Your practical suggestions and confidence convince us that we can all express the music within, with some remarkable results." Margaret Moss, Adult Student
"Louise has helped me reawaken my connection with music. Her intuitive style of teaching helped me find the courage to pick up my cello again. She not only loosened my rusty fingers but also gave me the confidence to be able to play in front of people. Louise is very understanding to the complexities of learning an instrument as an adult and she has great ways and ideas to keep students on track and self-motivated." - Lia Titman, Adult Student
"Louise’s contagious, joyous passion for music and her cello is completely inspiring. Her classes are just about the best thing I have ever done in my life. The opportunity to realise that I’m not alone in my dreams to master the cello has given me great confidence." - Annette Hughes, Adult Student
"Louise is a major source of musical inspiration in Australia. She provides the richest musical experience for her students from the enthusiastic beginner to the aspiring professional, creating opportunities tailored for each individual. As professional musicians, we count ourselves privileged to entrust our daughter's musical training to Louise. She is a musician on the top ranks." - Mr & Mrs Crowley LWCMD, ARCM, ARCO.
Louise King is an independent portfolio musician based in Eudlo, Sunshine Coast, Gubbi-Gubbi country, Queensland, Australia. An English-trained cellist with extensive international experience, she is an inspiring festival artistic director, concert curator, event producer, tour manager, community music project designer, collaborator, concert artist, educator, mentor, Teaching Artist, recording artist, adjudicator, conductor, examiner and strings specialist tutor. She has extensive international training and thirty years of professional performing and teaching experience.
As a life-long professional musician dedicated to entrepreneurship, regional development and fostering arts leadership, her approach is centered on problem-solving, curiosity, collaboration, communication, imagination, empathy and creativity. Louise has thirty years of education experience; designing workshops, masterclasses and community music education programs.
She is an international alumni of New York Lincoln Centre International Teaching Artist Lab program, and designs and presents workshops, youth orchestra intensives, professional development seminars for music teachers, Artist-In-Residence-In-School projects, and mentors and coaches emerging young musicians.
Louise is the founding program director of RISING STARS, a mentorship program in chamber music practice and is guest faculty for the Australian and Queensland Youth Orchestras education programs. As a chamber music partner, she performs in Australia’s festivals and concert series and has recorded seventeen albums including five for ABC classics.
Louise has worked with the world’s leading conductors, orchestras and classical music companies. She was appointed inaugural Artistic Director of the Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival 2020-2021 and is a founding member of Muses Trio since 2011 who record, commission and perform music written by women.
Louise moved to Australia in 2003 after working extensively in professional orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, the Halle Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra throughout the UK, Europe and Asia. Upon graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music in 1997 she was appointed Head of Strings at a private school in Cairo, Egypt giving her the opportunity to travel extensively through the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Eastern Europe.