Category Archives: Teaching music

‘Stave’ Off Memory Loss

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Older person reading

Of course, there are no miracle cures for the effects of aging but, according to the National Institute on Aging, “People with some forgetfulness can use a variety of techniques that may help them stay healthy and deal with changes in their memory and mental skills.” At the very top of their list is ‘Learn a new skill‘, and further… Read more »

Christmas Message 2023

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Music on a piano at Christmas time.

As we approach the end of 2023, I just wanted to send you a quick message to say a big thank you for choosing me as your music teacher this year. It’s been a really busy 12 months not least because I moved house over summer. I’ve appreciated how everyone has adapted to my new location, rearranging schedules and figuring… Read more »

As with any language, the key to learning an instrument is REGULARITY

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Woman enjoying practising piano

How is learning a musical instrument like learning a language? When I was young I used to hear my parents discussing my musical “talents” with their friends, and reference would often be made of how music and languages go together well. I never really understood why the grown-ups would say this – it just seemed like a trope that got… Read more »

You Choose Your Level of Flexibility

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Two Exciting Changes to ‘Flexi’ Lesson Booking I hope that the changes I’ve put in place above offer students a greater degree of control over how they book and manage their lessons. All of this can be done on the regular booking page, or by using the booking area below:

10 Years in Skipton!

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This month I celebrate a decade teaching music in Skipton … and 30 years since I took on my very first pupil, back when I was a teenager myself!! And, so this seems like a good time to thank everyone who has supported me and my business since I started freelance teaching here in North Yorkshire. I’ve been lucky to… Read more »

‘Pay As You Go’ Piano, Guitar, Singing!

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On the front page of this website, my service is advertised as “Modern, Flexible & Fun”, and that’s exactly how I would like my clients to think of my business! No longer should piano lessons necessitate students to attend religiously at the same time and on the same day every week. If you would like to do some singing, you… Read more »

Music Lessons for Home-Schooled Kids

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There’s an often quoted scene in the Monty Python film The Life of Brian in which the story’s eponymous anti-hero is trying to convince the crowd outside his house that he isn’t in fact the messiah at all, and that they don’t need to follow anyone in their lives: “You are all individuals!” “YES, WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS!” “You’re all… Read more »

(Hopefully) the final availability blog

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With the coming of my new online booking system also comes the end of the need to publish a list of available slots each week. This is because two calendars will be available – one for fixed, pre-agreed slots that parents use to book children into their regular weekly or fortnightly lessons, and the other is a ‘Flexi Slots’ calendar… Read more »

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 »