Category Archives: Teaching music

Update: National Music Lessons

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Private Music Lessons Across Britain I think we can all agree that this Covid pandemic is having a pretty negative impact on most of our lives, and an absolutely devastating one on some of the less fortunate people around the world. Certainly, we have concerns about how it’s impacting on our son – at his age he should be visiting… Read more »

Update: Lockdown lessons

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Zoom until February Following the government’s announcement at the beginning of this week, my lessons will now be exclusively on Zoom until at least the end of the February half term school holidays. That means that I plan to resume face-to-face lessons from 22nd February, all being well. That said, this is constantly under review and will be shifted again… Read more »

Update: In-person lessons delayed

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Zoom into piano, guitar & ukulele lessons

Happy New Year Here’s to a bright, happy and healthy 2021! With this in mind, I’ve made the decision to delay all face-to-face lessons at my house until February. With the Covid-19 virus currently spreading faster than ever, and government tier regulations being tightened, I feel that it’s important for me to be part of the solution to this pandemic… Read more »

Update: End of Lockdown!

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I’m so pleased to say that, according to government guidelines, close contact services such as mine can resume normal operations from next week. So, I will be having a couple more days of Zoom-only lessons, then from Wednesday 2nd December my students can decide whether to continue on Zoom or to come to my house for their lessons. Of course,… Read more »

Christmas Update

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Christmas Holiday Dates This year, I am keeping things simple and aligning my Christmas holiday plans with the school Christmas holidays across the region. So, there will be no lessons between Monday 21st December and Monday 4th January. Lessons will resume after the Christmas break on Tuesday 5th January. Next week’s Lesson Slots Here’s the availability for the week ahead:… Read more »

Zoom, Latency & Live Music

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Within hours of the beginning of the first lockdown, music teachers up and down the country collectively came to realise something important about video conferencing technology: that there’s a delay / latency over the line that makes playing music live over Zoom, Microsoft Team, Skype etc pretty much impossible. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to overcome this issue… Read more »

Update: 14th Nov 2020

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A very brief update for this week because things are pretty much the same as they have been for the last couple of weeks in terms of lesson availability. Hopefully, there’ll just be a couple more weeks of lockdown (during which all my lessons will be exclusively on Zoom), followed by a return to normal service. This coming week, though,… Read more »

Update: 7th Nov 2020

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I don’t think I need to tell anyone that the UK has gone back into lockdown, and that all non-essential customer facing companies have had to either close or shift to online services only. For me, that means a return to Zoom only lessons until the lockdown is over – currently scheduled for 2nd December. I’m pleased to say that… Read more »