Yvonne has an MA (Hons) Music from the University of Glasgow, a Licentiate in Music Teaching (LRSL) with distinction, and an MEd (Learning & Teaching in the Performing Arts) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her postgraduate studies in Kodály pedagogy have taken her to Hungary, London, New York, and California, where she completed the Organisation of American Kodály Educators Specialist Certificate at Holy Names University, the first University in the USA to offer a Kodály qualification.
Yvonne began her Colourstrings training in 2006. She is qualified as a Colourstrings Associate Teacher (Kindergarten Levels 1 and 2) with distinction and has run Colourstrings Music Kindergarten classes in Glasgow since 2007. In 2012 Yvonne was invited to undertake the Colourstrings Diploma which allows her to train future Colourstrings teachers worldwide, and to date has delivered training in Glasgow, London and Vancouver. Yvonne runs weekly Colourstrings classes for babies, toddlers and preschools in Glasgow and Dunblane.
Yvonne works across Scotland delivering music education in the Early Years in a range of environments (nurseries, primary schools, conservatoires and privately). She has designed and delivered Early Years Music Education projects and training for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, University of Stirling, Glasgow Gaelic School, Angus YMI, Argyll & Bute Council, West Lothian Council, West Dunbartonshire Council, Glasgow City Halls, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and is a Bookbug Early Years Music and Story Specialist, working with the Scottish Book Trust to promote early years literacy and singing. Additionally, she provides music education training for early years staff, nursery and primary school teachers across Scotland.
Originally from Argyll, Yvonne has a background of traditional music culture and several years of dance training, both of which form an integral part of her teaching. She also teaches ballet, holding a Diploma in Dance Instruction (Cecchetti Ballet) with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
Yvonne spends her working life singing, dancing, and crawling about on the floor with young children. Her personal life is much the same! She lives in Dunblane with her husband and two daughters.