Freeing the

Musician Within

Workshops aimed at music students in schools

“Music is to the mind as air is to the body”

Plato, Greek Philosopher

Welcome to my World...

COVID-19 - Although I am still taking bookings for my workshops, my absolute priority now is to take students via Skype/Zoom/WhatsApp video. As well as my own pupils, I am happy to offer tuition if your instrumental teacher is unable to work for a while (I will of course, be in contact with them) and I am very flexible on times. I will teach anyone of any age or ability on a regular or ad hoc basis depending on circumstances.

I teach flute and recorder (beginners to Grade 8), piano (beginners to Grade 7) and provide ABRSM and/or Trinity aural coaching.

For school-age students, I think it is best to attempt to maintain some semblance of routine, normality and to continue with an individual's musical learning journey with as little disruption as possible.

I am here to help and will accommodate as many as I can so do get in touch.

Freeing the Musician Within was born in 2015 when my then Director of Music threw down the gauntlet asking me to write and present a series of workshops to our Music Scholars and Award Holders from Years 7 – 13.  The whole series has now ballooned into a hugely popular series of events.

Initially aimed at secondary, such is the organic nature of developing this type of project, other classes for KS1 and KS2 now exist.

The practical workshops are constructed to engage students to discuss, brainstorm and problem-solve within a variety of relevant musical topics.  The whole programme has been designed to encourage discussion and reflective thinking, supported by direct input from the tutor.

Operating from two bases; one at my home in Gloucestershire and the other on the Surrey/Kent border, I will travel to any part of the UK and I look forward to working with you and the children you teach.

Fun, friendly and laid-back I am utterly committed to my work with young musicians of all ages and abilities.

"You are such a lovely lady - I can't tell you how happy you've made me"

YK, adult beginner pianist, Gloucestershire

"Ms Rowsell/Henrietta is a brilliant flute teacher. Her passion and enthusiasm for music is evident in her teaching and she is utterly committed to every indivdual student's progress. She has guided me through grades 4-7 where I achieved merits and above in all. I thoroughly enjoyed all of my lessons and couldn't recommend her more."

RW, Surrey


Hello, I'm Henrietta Rowsell


I am a peri of flute, recorder and piano as well as being an Early Music specialist. I have two Diplomas in Kodály Musicianship, both with distinction, a Certificate in Child Protection Training, DBS clearance and Public Liability Insurance.  I am also an active member of the Musicians’ Union. 


I share my life with my two cats, JelliCat and Maori.  When I am away from education I work as a District Relief Lock and Weir Keeper on the Thames and enjoy messing about on my boat, affectionately known as “Baggins”.  I also recently qualified with distinction as as events manager specialising in wedding planning and design. 


My sincerest, heartfelt thanks to Gareth, Chrissie, Christopher, Pebs, Carousel, Lil, BB, Pauline & Celia without whose love and support none of this would have become possible.  Special mention to Top Cat - my rock.


"Henrie is a versatile and highly experienced instrumental teacher.  She has a proven track record of outstanding success with instrumental pupils borne out of a totally dedicated approach to her teaching and positive relationships with her pupils, their families and the Music Department.  The Workshops for Musicians that Henrie has developed and run within the Department have been immensely successful, in fact more so than I had imagined.  Delivered with good humour, they encourage the students to think reflectively about their musical skills and development and their rôle within the Department and the school.  Not only have the students greatly enjoyed working on these sessions, but they have gained valuable self-awareness and it has really made them think about what it means to be a Music Scholar at the school.  These are probably the workshops you never realised your Department needed!"

Gareth Hemmings,

Director of Music, Portsmouth Grammar School.

Get in Touch

Miss H F M Rowsell

07976 889 307

Email: info@freeingthemusicianwithin.co.uk

Zoltán Kodály

"There is no complete spiritual life without music, for the human soul has regions which can be illuminated only by music".