New findings reinforce the need for all children to have the right to access music!
A newly released research report, Sounds of Intent in the Early Years, indicates that music sessions can help children in the early years from areas of high deprivation improve their ability to manage their feelings, modify behaviour and enhance their ability to listen and maintain concentration while also boosting self-confidence.
This short synopsis of the report outlines the key findings in easy to understand terms, with the essential outcome being that music is changing the lives of young children! As stated in the synopsis, this report should be of importance to anyone providing music to young children, both with and without special educational needs and disabilities.
Source: Music Education Works, April 5, 2019.
Last month I was interviewed about my creative and teaching practice by marketing and communications assistant for ROAR, Amy Forde.
I've had the pleasure of being interviewed for various things in the past, but this was rather more personal than I've been used to and Amy had a very natural manner and way of asking questions that I found really got me talking. I think Amy is clearly very skilled as she was able to create a succinct and sensible article from my disorganised and (perhaps) frenetic ramblings!
Many thanks, Amy for approaching me about this and for writing so many wonderful words.
I’m currently taking on new students, so if your musical skills would benefit from a bit of fine-tuning, please call 07731816132 to arrange lessons!
Welcome back to a new school term, I hope you have had a fantastic break and have been practising hard. I’m really excited to be back!
This term will be a busy one for many students as they prepare for their Summer examinations. Rockschool’s new syllabus is proving very popular with guitarists at the moment, especially with the inclusion of what were titled ‘Hot Rock’ pieces in Rockschool’s previous syllabi. These ‘Hot Rock’ pieces are well-known pieces of contemporary music, arranged for examination! This ingenious idea has many of my grade 3 guitarists wanting to learn Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana!
It gets better: Brilliantly, students no longer need to buy a separate book to access these pieces - they’re included in the main examination book!
I’m keen to start working on some excellent music with all my students this year - let’s make 2019 a year of high achievements!
I'm having a winter sale!
From TODAY up to the 21st December (2018), if you book and pay for 4 half-hour lessons you will automatically get another two absolutely free!
Looking for lessons for a loved one and want a friendly, fun and expert tutor at an amazing price? Why not take advantage of my winter sale?!
Piano, guitar, ukulele, music theory, composition, exams... everything is included in my winter sale, so send me a text or call me to discuss further details on 07731816132. Alternatively, you can send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Due to the Christmas holidays, lessons booked as Christmas gifts will be redeemable from January 2019 but can stillbe booked ahead of the new year! This promotion is only open to new students.
It's been a fantastic first half term with lots of students enjoying getting stuck into their new pieces and beginning to explore fresh new exam syllabi.
The half term is a chance for some students to rest and take a short break from school but it's also a great opportunity to enjoy music. I'm encouraging students to listen to pieces of music, bands or composers they've never encountered before, from the likes of Brazilian guitarist Guinga, to Rage Against the Machine and pieces by Beethoven and Debussy - ask me for your own personalised recommendations!
With the weather turning cooler we find ourselves staying indoors, so why not put down the Xbox or Playstation controller and grab the guitar or plant yourself at the piano for a while?