Tag Archives: Piano

Valse d’Amelie

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Sometimes when I’m teaching students a particular piece or song, it really captures my imagination and I almost feel envious that it’s not me spending loads of time learning it! The truth is that with a busy freelance teaching business and a young family, I simply don’t have time anymore for regular practise. But, I do enjoy bashing through some… Read more »

Online Lessons via Zoom

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A bit of good news: I’ve found a really good online conferencing tool that will be perfect for conducting piano, guitar and music theory lessons via video link. It’s free for students to use, requires no additional software to be downloaded to PC / laptops (and only a little app for android and apple devices), and so allows musicians to… Read more »

Lesson Availability, w/c 8th July 2019

Last week was a really good week for my students: two have got good passes in their ABRSM piano exams – a Grade 4 and a Grade 7. I always feel really pleased for people who come out of an exam with the grade that they deserve. Especially because I remember failing a piano exam when I was a teenager;… Read more »

Promotional Flyering

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I had a little time free in my schedule this morning so decide to let some of the villages local to Skipton know about the current promotion I’m running: Adults’ first 2 music lessons free when they quote NEVER2LATE. I dropped flyers in doors in Hetton, Cracoe, Linton and Burnsall – all places within a short drive from my music… Read more »

Saltaire Music Tuition

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If you’re looking for a professional, qualified and experienced Teacher of Music in the Shipley / Saltaire area, then I can’t recommend Sarah Dunn highly enough. A former colleague of mine (actually, she was my Head of Music when I taught at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley), Sarah has an excellent rapport with young people and lots of knowledge… Read more »

Learning an instrument at YOUR pace

It’s self-evident that rushing things is very rarely a good thing. In fact, it’s fair to say that most things come out best if you take your time over them: really invest in them and think carefully about what you’re doing. This is certainly true when it comes to making music. Many of the skills required to learn an instrument… Read more »

Local Performance Opportunities

Following on from my post a couple of weeks ago about local festivals, I’d like to share some information about two in particular that some of my students might wish to get involved with: Colne ‘Festival of Song’ This year’s Colne Luther Greenwood Festival has changed a little from previous years. For one thing, it’s taking place over just one… Read more »

Lesson Availability: w/c 18th March 2019

Last week was really enjoyable – I spent most of the week flitting between teaching students at home, and nipping over to Christ Church in Skipton to support those of my students who were performing at Skipton Music Festival. I find the festival an excellent opportunity to learn – not just for my students but for me too. I feel… Read more »

Lesson Availability, w/c 11th March 2019

This week is Skipton Music Festival week. I have quite a few students performing in the festival, and I plan to support them by attending (and sometimes accompanying them at the piano). This means that quite a bit of my schedule for the coming week is blocked out for this purpose. There are a couple of vacant slots, though, should… Read more »