Category Archives: Online Lessons

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 »

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 »

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 »

Slots Update w/c 14th June

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5 year old child playing piano

First just play for fun, and achievement will follow. Slots for the coming week: All the available slots this week are after school, so if you have a child who would like to book into a music lesson, this is the week for you! Monday 14th June 17:00 Wednesday 16th June 17:30

Half Term Week Slots

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Just a brief blog today to give you the list of slots available for the coming week. I’m taking annual leave for the first few days, but there’s slots available towards the end of the week: Thursday 3rd June 11:00 13:30 17:30 Friday 4th June 10:00 14:30 If you would like to book any of the above, drop me a… Read more »

Update: YouTube Channel

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Over lockdown, I’ve found new uses for my YouTube channel: it’s an ideal place to post content for my students. Some videos are backing tracks for singers to perform along to, some are demonstration videos of techniques or sections of pieces that my students are learning, and others are full performances of my students’ study pieces to act as a… Read more »

Remote Lessons for Home Workers

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‘Working from Home’ is the new ‘Going to the Office’ What I’ve found most surprising about the past year hasn’t so much been that people have missed their daily routine of going to an office to work, but that so many have quickly adapted to working from home. This has meant lots of people sitting in their spare bedrooms, at… Read more »