Category Archives: Voice

Primary School Teacher Resource: Classic Assembly Songs

I’ve recorded a whole load of ‘classic’ assembly songs from the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s, in the traditional style with piano accompaniment and posted them as a YouTube playlist. There are also lyrics on screen for you / the kids to follow. These are fun to listen to from the perspective of nostalgia, but could also be used by primary… Read more »

Update & Nostalgic School Assembly Songs

YouTube Recording Project Partly as a bit of fun (but also to help increase my web presence), I have recently started a little project recording songs that we used to sing at assembly at school. There are loads that people will be familiar with from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. I’ve been playing them on piano and uploading to YouTube… Read more »

Update: Music Theory / Composition

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The vast majority of my students first and foremost learn some musical performance skill: how to play piano / guitar / ukulele / bass or to sing. Along the way, most inevitably encounter issues of music theory. Theory is, after all, a lot to do with the written language of music – how we communicate our musical ideas to one… Read more »

Next Week & Half Term Week

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With some Skipton schools closing for half term holidays this coming Thursday, I have the prospect of a shorter week of available lesson slots. There are a couple of available spaces, though, should you want to book in: Monday 19th October 17:00 (30 mins) Tuesday 20th October 11:15 (2 x 30 mins) I am taking a week off for half… Read more »

Self Accompaniment

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When new students first approach me about learning piano or guitar, my first point of enquiry is to establish whether they are interested in playing their instrument as a soloist or as an accompaniment to something else. Customers broadly fall into one of three camps: 1, I’m only interested in playing on my own. 2, I want to play and… Read more »

Concert for Médecins Sans Frontières: LIVE NOW

Click on the window below to watch our LIVE concert, streaming from the Skipton area across the globe on YouTube! You can also support the charity by going onto my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/skiptonmusicteacher and scrolling down to the DONATE button.

Lesson Availability w/c 2nd March 2020

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This is an exciting week for me because, for the very first time, I’m collaborating with Sarah Churcher (another excellent singing teacher based in Carleton) to provide a full day’s singing workshop. It’s on Thursday at Woodlands Retreat in Giggleswick, and will be all about songs from the shows. We’re actually fully booked out already, but we’ll be planning to… Read more »

Band Camp – The Recordings

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Today we had our first ever ‘Band Camp’ group sessions, in which small groups of students performed songs together. In both sessions we got the opportunity to record our work… and here are the results: In both cases, we just set up a small recorder while we played the songs live. For this reason, the balance isn’t quite right (both… Read more »

Musical Theatre Singing Workshop

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I’m excited to announce that, in partnership with Yorkshire Dales Music, Sarah Churcher and I will be running a singing workshop for those interested in learning songs from the shows! Details: Thursday 5th March 09:30 – 16:30 Woodlands Retreat, Giggleswick £50 per participant Lunch included Everyone welcome, with or without prior experience It promises to be a really fun day,… Read more »

Music Lessons that are VARIED and FLEXIBLE

I know of many piano, guitar and singing teachers in the Yorkshire area that are constantly on the look out for new students. It’s the same old phrase I hear all the time: “I could just do with a handful more pupils on the books.” I feel lucky that I rarely experience that problem, and I mostly put my good… Read more »