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Lesson Slots for the coming week

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Just a brief blog today to give you the available list of lessons for the coming week. Drop me a text on 07746637472 if you would like to book any of the following: Monday 26th July, 16:00 Tuesday 27th July, 16:00 Friday 30th July, 16:30 While you’re here, check out my student, Imogen, singing ‘Drivers License’ with another music student… 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 & some excellent advice

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Philippa Perry is The Observer’s new agony aunt, and in last Sunday’s edition she imparted some excellent advice to a person who is struggling to find motivation and enjoyment in life. I think her words could apply to any one of us: Direct your energy into your creativity. Wanting to do something – liking it, enjoying it – is reason… 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 »

Primary School Teacher Resource: Classic Assembly Songs

I’ve recorded a whole load of ‘classic’ assembly songs from the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s, in the traditional style with piano accompaniment and posted them as a YouTube playlist. There are also lyrics on screen for you / the kids to follow. These are fun to listen to from the perspective of nostalgia, but could also be used by primary… 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

Student Collaboration: ‘In C’

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Terry Riley - In C Parts Pic

This summer, amateur and student musicians will be coming together to create a unique virtual performance of Terry Riley’s iconic minimalist composition ‘In C’. This is a piece made up of a series of very short fragments of music, played on any instrument. In our rendition of the work, the fragments will come in any order, and participants will record… Read more »

Music matters, and it really doesn’t matter at all

Like many aspects of our lives, music is difficult to define because any attempt to pin it down seems fraught with caveats and contradictions. Music is organised sound.. and so is speech. Music doesn’t require words but very often uses them. Music is often described as a universal language, but pieces from one place, time or culture can seem irrelevant… Read more »

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 & Music to Focus

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Music is Mindfulness The Sunday supplements these days are full of articles about how to let go of stress, anxiety and depression; how to move forward and find your way to truly ‘live in the moment’ experiencing life as it happens rather than being physically in one place but mentally elsewhere. I know that I’ve struggled with this over the… Read more »