Details of changes:
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You can also visit the Latest news page, where you will find my summary of what's going on in my own music room and the wider world of music.
Details of changes:
Exam dates and fees information has been updated for 2024.
General updates to the Exam Venue page.
New article on the use of the Pirelli Stadium in Burton-Upon-Trent as an exam venue.
New article added: The little Acciaccatura.
Theory lessons added to the dropdown menu.
Updates to the 'Lessons' page including vacancies and a new link to 'more about theory lessons'.
New article about the radio theme song "Banff", written by W. E. Round.
August update to the Latest News page.
Worksheets added to Grade 2 Theory page in Resources area.
My Lessons page has been revised to show details of vacancies. The theory section of the page has also been revised.
Exam venue details revised.
Free to download and print, manuscript page for theory practice added to resources page.
Circle of 5ths template, free to download and print, added to resources.
News of the Ceilidh band added to the "Latest News" page.
I've added a Teaching Update for February 2023 to the Latest News page.
New scales & arpeggios check lists added for Trinity College London exams.
Exam dates for both ABRSM and Trinity College London have been added for the rest of 2023.
Congratulations to those candidates taking exams this session, both my own and those that I accompanied. Well done for your excellent results!
A new article has been added about the online theory exams offered by ABRSM. Please use the drop-down menu to access the articles page or...
There's been a few bits of tidying up and some typos fixed. Thanks for letting me know about the typos!
A list of Musical Terms has been added to the Theory Page in my Resources area. It will be expanded over the coming weeks to cover most of what you will encounter up to Grade 5.
I've added a new page about my hammered dulcimer. You can find a link to it on the 'My music' page.
Details of exam period dates and fees for exams updated today.
The new page has been added to the drop down menu.
The website is updated with a new page today: Articles.
The whole website has been revised, hopefully to make it easier to find your way around. The drop-down menu should help, and it also now includes the option of going to my 'Resources' area.
The COVID19 page has been revised.
I am pleased to be able to welcome everyone back to face to face lessons, subject to COVID measures of course.
From 8 March, face-to-face teaching can take place either in the teacher's home or the pupil's, provided that lessons are being used to obtain a regulated qualification, to meet the entry requirements for an education institution (e.g. auditions), or to undertake exams and assessments. Lessons are subject to a risk assessment plus the usual mitigations and COVID-safe working practices. At this stage it is not clear whether adult face-to-face teaching can resume. Further updates will follow when more is known.
Zoom recently released a new version of their platform and the sound options have changed. Please note that you probably will need to alter some settings to get sound of usable quality.
Following the government's announcement yesterday evening, all lessons are online only at present. I hope we can get back to meeting face to face again before too long.
The good news is that lessons can continue, even in Tier 4, as long as they are supporting formal education. See my COVID-19 page for full details.
In all three tiers, private face-to-face teaching can now take place in a teacher’s or pupil’s home provided that a COVID-19 risk assessment has been made and that other mitigating actions will be taken. I am therefore offering face to face lessons once more.
ABRSM has revised its "Guidance for Candidates" document. Anyone taking an exam in the current 2020 period should be familiar with this before attending a practical exam. Please see my COVID-19 page, where you will find a link.
Whilst final details and clarification are still awaited, it is hoped that Face to Face lessons will be able to resume. Please see my COVID-19 page, which has been updated to reflect the latest position.
The government has published guidance regarding the three tiers that will be in effect after December 2nd. The ISM has stated that their current interpretation is that face-to-face private tuition can proceed in all tiers. More clarification is being sought however, and the guidance could change again. Please check back here for the latest updates.
The new 'news' feature is now active.