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Skipton Music Teacher: Damian Oxborough. Posts about the services that I offer as a local teacher of piano / guitar / singing.

Big Change – 1st November!

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I’ve been working hard on getting things sorted for the transition to online booking, and I very nearly there with it. As the school half term holidays are right at the end of October, I’ve chosen the first day back afterwards – Monday 1st November – as the switch date. What this means is that all lessons from 1st Nov… Read more »

Back to School – Lesson Availability

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As schools go back, my schedule returns to something approaching normality. Here are the available slots for the week ahead: Tue 7th Sep – 16:00 Wed 8th Sep – 16:00 If you’d like to book into any of the following the best option right now is to text me on 07746637472. But, soon it’ll all be done online – more… Read more »

Update & Online Booking

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Next week: FULLY BOOKED Thanks to all of you who visit this blog to check for lesson availability. Whenever I take a break from teaching the following week or so are always REALLY busy with people who have managed to book in advance. For this reason, all the slots for the coming week (30th Aug to 4th Sep) are fully… Read more »

Summer Update

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Now we’re fully in the middle of our summer holidays, I thought this would be a good chance to give a quick update of the plans for the coming term. As things open up again and people feel more able to venture out of their homes, my service will get busier, but I am committed to offering the most flexible… Read more »

Lesson Slots for the coming week

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Just a brief blog today to give you the available list of lessons for the coming week. Drop me a text on 07746637472 if you would like to book any of the following: Monday 26th July, 16:00 Tuesday 27th July, 16:00 Friday 30th July, 16:30 While you’re here, check out my student, Imogen, singing ‘Drivers License’ with another music student… Read more »

Update & ‘Freedom Day’

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Little changes to Covid precautions Despite Boris Johnson’s so-called ‘Freedom Day’ relaxing of the Covid rules across England, my students and I will remain cautious about the spread of Covid to protect one another and those who are most vulnerable in society. My music studio is a fairly enclosed space with limited ventilation, so we need to do what we… Read more »

Update & Breathing Exercises

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Sing to Relax Like exercise, music can be a powerful way of calming the mind, easing symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. A lovely way to help this process along is to start your day with some slow, meditative breathing exercises. This one uses the sounds Mmm, Aw, Ah in repetition, almost like a mantra. Try singing along and feel… Read more »

Some lovely student feedback this morning

Here’s what my new student, Keri, sent me in an email over the weekend: Hi Damian, I had to message you to say my Mind. Is. Blown. What a massive difference it makes taking an intentional breathe rather than just singing whilst breathing like you do naturally when talking. Already, I can hold the notes better because I’ve got enough… Read more »

Update: A temporary return to Zoom

Zoom into Piano / Guitar / Uke lessons

Because of plans of a trip that my family has coming up, I’ve made the decision to offer Zoom only lessons from 1st to 16th July, this with a view to minimising contact with others during that period. Face-to-face lessons will resume w/c 19th July. The early part of next week is booked up, but there is availability for Zoom… Read more »

Update & Developing ‘Unitasking’

Reclaiming Conversation - The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, by Sherry Turkle

This week I’ve been reading Sherry Turkle’s Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. In it she makes a strong case for what she calls ‘unitasking’ – the rejection of the idea that it’s better or more efficient to work on multiple things at once, and instead just to concentrate on a single task or idea. In… Read more »