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 »

Who Owns a Song?

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It really depends on what you mean by ‘owns’.. In terms of copyright law, the situation is clear: (s)he who owns the copyright for a work of art or music is the only person or entity able to financially benefit from it. Of course, the situation isn’t quite as clear as that because there may be multiple composers, lyricists, arrangers,… 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 »

Lessons Slots – w/c 13 July 2020

There’s a slightly quieter week ahead this week, so a few more slots available should you wish to book in an online lesson. Here’s the list: Monday 13 July 17:00 (2 x 30 mins) Wednesday 15 July 11:00 (2 x 30 mins) Friday 17 July 17:00 (2 x 30 mins) Saturday 18 July 10:30 (30 mins)

Free Lesson Slots: w/c Mon 6th July

Hello everyone. Demand for music lessons remains high as lots of people make the switch from face-to-face lessons to Zoom and other video-link services. My service remains exclusively online for the time being. I feel that the right thing to do right now for the safety of my students and their families is to remain cautious about the Covid threat,… Read more »

Summer Season of Music & Poetry

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Since 2013 when I took on the role of Musical Director at Carleton Ladies Choir, we have put on an annual summer concert that has helped to strengthen community bonds, give local people a performance platform and raised lots and lots of money for local, national and international charities. Unfortunately, as with so many things, we’ve had to cancel this… Read more »