PIANO AND VIOLIN LESSONS

Instrumental lessons are available from age 5 upwards! 

 

All standards from beginner to diploma are taught.

LESSON SYSTEM

 

Standard  lessons  are  booked  in  advance  with a regular  weekly  time-slot  allocated  per  pupil.

Beginner  lessons  are  30  minutes.  More  advanced  students may need 45 - 60  minutes.  

Discounts  are  available  for  lessons  of more  than  30  minutes  and  for  families  who  attend  two  or  more  30  minute  lessons  per  week.

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LESSONS STRUCTURE

Depending on the level of the student, the following are incorporated into the lessons:

  • Rote playing

  • Music notation

  • Rhythm games

  • Technique (scales and studies)

  • Repertoire

  • Duets with the teacher

  • Sight-reading skills

  • Aural awareness

  • Creativity: elementary composing and arranging

  • Written music theory

  • Music games (educational!)

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REQUIREMENTS

 

 

Piano  students  need  a  piano.  Keyboards  are  fine to  start  with  if  they  have  a  sensitive  touch and at least  three  octaves.  Very  young  pupils  with   small hands  may  need  a  sized-down  keyboard.

Violin students  require  a  properly-sized  violin, shoulder  pad  and  rosin.  Means  to  tune, i.e. piano, tuning  pipes  or  tuning  fork  is  also  recommended.

Music books,  which  depend  on  the  level  of  the pupil,  are  also  needed. 

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STUDENT RECITAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

From  time  to  time  I  organise  student  recitals  to which  parents  are  invited.

 

This  gives  pupils  a  chance  to  play  on a  beautiful Steinway grand  piano  and  experience  the  delight  of giving music  for  others  to  enjoy.

It is also a sociable occasion!

Participation is optional!

Our next recitals will be:

31st May 2020; 'Preparation for Exams' recital

21st June 2020; 'Beethoven recital and appreciation afternoon'

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SUMMER SCHOOL

 

During the summer holidays, I offer the chance to attend a summer school. This takes place in the afternoons of one week. 

The summer school gives pupils the opportunity to play ensembles with other students, and sometimes to engage in drama skills.

It also provides a platform to learn elements of music with group resources.

There is a final day performance to which parents and guests are warmly invited!

Please visit the YouTube channel to view this year's performance!

This year's Summer School is scheduled for 20 - 24 July 2020 from 1400 - 1700. The theme this year is 'The Carnival of the Animals' by Camille Saint-Saens. The concert will take place on 24 July.

All children age 6-15 who can play an instrument (even at beginner level) are welcome to apply.

Bookings are now being taken! Please contact me if you are interested! 

EXAMS

Exams are optional!

The goal is to enjoy playing and not feel pressurised to perform or to be examined.

 

If taken, pupils are entered for the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) exams.