Category Archives: Online Lessons

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: 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: 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: 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 »

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 »