Learning Music: what benefits?

Re-reading an ABRSM article from last year (“Libretto” magazine 2015:2) I saw this topic and would like to incorporate its points and add my own. Not every family will be able to offer children the chance to learn to play an instrument, and not every school will be able to do so effectively. In fact, […]

Supporting your child in learning Music

How much things have changed within the last thirty years! Once upon a time (in the olden days!) parents were able to ensure their children followed up the financial investment involved in private music lessons. Not so, now! These days, children are offered a huge range of after-school activities and they frequently end up over-committed […]

Embarrassing Funeral

I’m a soft touch! My husband was Treasurer for the local Christian Bookshop and he recommended for my studio a Music-themed clock they’d got in stock. So I bought it, even though despite being artistic and a definite décor item it had no numerals on the face. It therefore involved guesswork. I’d also responded to an emergency […]

How a private music teacher can create a stimulating environment

If you are a private tutor and have a waiting-room or waiting area, that is great. If you have siblings learning, and sharing an hour, it’s particularly useful to have stimulating things for students to do while they wait. I have a spare digital piano with headphones, and though it is feet away from my […]

Ask “WHY?” four times ….

Years ago the presenter at a professional conference gave me a word of wisdom which has made it much easier, ever since then, to understand and assess problems, events, trends or whatever, and to make informed decisions. That day I sat there, my clip-board and pen ready to catch what I’d possibly later forget. The presenter […]