Category Archives: Teaching music

Update: 26 Sep 2020

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Things have been getting busier over the past few weeks, as kids return to school and students return to their regular instrumental lessons. I have created some extra capacity in my schedule, though, should you want to book into a 1-2-1 music lesson, either face-to-face or via Zoom. You needn’t necessarily want regular lessons – I often see people for… Read more »

Update: Collaboration Music Videos

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As we move forward I think lots of us are forced to accept that we’ll be living with the threat of the Covid virus for some time to come, and that this will create inevitable restrictions on our lives. The impact on musicians has already been huge, causing widespread cancellation of events and halting rehearsals. The problem is that music… Read more »

Update: Regular & One-Off Lesson Slots

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This week I made the return to face-to-face lessons for those students who want them, and I’ve been pleased that there’s been a good uptake. The Zoom facility remains in place permanently, and there are government rules that I have to follow when people visit my house for lessons. Also, the past 6 months have obviously effected big changes in… Read more »

Weekly Update: 6 Sep 2020

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Covid-19 Safety Measures With face to face lessons resuming this week, I’ve put in a series of measures aimed to reduce the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus. These policies are in compliance with current UK Gov advice for close contact businesses, and will remain in place until that advice changes: Performance Psychology I’ve recently been learning new some new… Read more »

Weekly Update: 30 Aug 2020

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Most of my students are now planning to return to face to face lessons, and these will begin on 8th September, all being well. My Zoom facility will remain in place, though, for people who would like to stick with video lessons for the time being. It will also be an option for those who wake up feeling a little… Read more »

Covid Measures

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From 8th September 2020, face to face lessons will be resumed at my music room in Skipton. In accordance with current government guidelines on close contact services, I have put in place the following measures and policies: Students who have had any symptoms of Covid-19 or other flu like symptoms in the past 14 days, or who live with anyone… 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 »

Weekly Update: 3 August 2020

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Hi everyone. I have one week left of teaching before I take a little break for summer. And, after that I’m hoping to ramp up preparations for a return to face to face lessons for those who would like them. Of course, those students who would prefer to continue lessons on Zoom (either for practical reasons or as a Covid-19… Read more »

Weekly Update: w/c 27 July 2020

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As summer holidays arrive, my schedule inevitably quietens down. Many of my students get themselves away for well deserved breaks, while others take a little siesta from music lessons. Inevitably, September will bring with it a return to a full calendar of lessons and this year the additional challenge of how to manage face-to-face lessons in a manner that doesn’t… Read more »

Weekly Update: 20 July 2020

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been kept really busy over at Carleton Ladies Choir with working on their Summer Season of Music and Poetry. Right now we’re right in the middle of a series of performances recorded by the choir members and their friends. So far there have been songs arranged in all different ways and poems read and/or… Read more »