Well done, everyone! 10 students sat 10 exams and 10 exams were passed: 1 Pass; 3 at Merit and 6 at Distinction including Grade 5 theory (ABRSM)! Congratulations everyone and keep up the hard work! Online video lessons are still going strong.
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I hope everyone's been making the most of the summer break and taking the opportunity to get out and about before the schools and colleges return to a more usual timetable in September.
I have moved into the new studio and feel great about the space but there is more work to complete, such as more painting and general tidying. I'm looking forward to seeing you down there as soon as is safe to do so.
After much effort and consideration I've decided to further postpone the return to face-to-face tuition until at least October half term. This will allow us to monitor how schools and colleges cope with the rigorous cleaning and social distancing measures, while bringing us closer to the winter weather which may have an undesired effect on the transmission of COVID-19. I have completed a full health and safety risk assessment which includes COVID-19 procedures and research into how the WHO suspect the virus is transmitted. This will be useful when reopening the studio at a later date. I understand this news may be disappointing to some of you but everyone's safety is my upmost priority and limiting the ways infection can spread is our social responsibility.
Please keep in mind that if I were to open for face-to-face tuition it would mean cutting down the number of students I could work with each week: I currently work with almost 40 students every week and there would need to be a lot of sanitising before/after each student, totalling over an hour each day. Besides teaching I have several other professional responsibilities I must manage.
I look forward to online lessons recommencing from the 1st September but I'm also excited for getting back to face-to-face tuition and making full use the new studio space when it is safe and viable to do so.
And last but not least...congratulations!
Congratulations to everyone who submitted a video exam or sat a face-to-face exam! I'm pleased to report a continuing 100% pass rate so far, with a large number of high-merits achieved (74%-89%) and quite a number of distinctions (90% upwards)! Well done to everyone who gave their best and worked really hard to achieve those top marks.
Please stay safe and enjoy continuing to play great music!
For the first time ever I'm now able to offer music tuition to anyone in the world and I'm really excited about it!
I'm now very confident in both the technology I use (MacBook Pro, Logitech C920 webcam, Rode NTG2 microphone, TASCAM USB audio interface and Skype/Zoom/FaceTime) and the new approaches I've put in place.
Exciting news: Rockschool have released today their new range of ukulele exams!
Rockschool are currently the only examination board to offer ukulele examinations from Debut to grade 8! Now Rockschool are offering video-based graded certificate exams, now is a great time to get started.
This is exciting stuff, so if you play and want to gain an accreditation in this wonderful instrument, go check them out. I offer ukulele tuition at all levels, so if you would some ukulele lessons, please do get in touch.
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Firstly, I'd like to give a huge thank you to everyone who has continued their music education with me using the power of the internet - I clearly work with a lot of dedicated people!
For the first time in my 18 years of delivering music education, I have given lessons on electric guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, piano and music theory over the internet from my own home. I was quite unsure whether this would be possible, or if it would provide value for students but I have received some excellent feedback - many thanks for your input, everybody.
I feel confident that the technology I use (Macbook Pro, Logitech C920 Webcam, Tascam US122MKII USB Audio Interface and Rode NTG2 microphone) and the adjustments I've made to my delivery allow me to continue to provide an excellent education service.
Some exciting news for all exam candidates: Rockschool have for the first time made video exams available to all candidates entering exams, which are available to book now! I am keen to learn more about the submission and marking process and will no doubt be able to assist you in the preparation and the recording of your submissions.
Considering these new developments, I am keen to get back to the studio in the coming months so I can set up a dedicated online video tuition station. I will then be able to offer virtual lessons to anyone on the planet, or even to students who usually visit the studio but may one time find themselves unable to attend in person.
To everyone, whether you have lessons with me or not, keep your passion for music alive and continue to work hard on your preparations for the upcoming exam season.