We offer the highest grade of musical education, from teaching staff who are not only talented musicians in their own right, but also trained to teach, regularly monitored and who undergo ongoing professional development training at Yamaha HQ.
We provide each student with a one hour, group lesson on the instrument of choice, once per week for 44 weeks of the year, or provide students learning individually with a half hour lesson, once per week/fortnight for 44/22 weeks of the year.
We ensure that all our staff have enhanced DBS (CRB) clearance. Certification is available to view outside our studios.
We offer an optional, accredited examination syllabus, with examinations taking place on site 2/3 times per annum.
We facilitate learning with state of the art instruments in clean, comfortable, designated studios.
We encourage every student with merits for practice and Certificates and Prizes for collecting merits.
We offer a clean, comfortable waiting room for students and parents alike.
We offer eight weeks holiday every year and display a full school calendar on our website, as well as in school.
We provide, by email, lesson notes to any student who is unable to attend his/her usual class, for whatever reason.
We have built an amazing resource for our students using an online learning portal. This means that if you were to miss a lesson it will be available to watch and practice with on catch-up as we stream every single lesson (live) to the portal.
That means you can practice all year round and should you be unable to make it to the school for the time of your lesson, you can simply dial in from home!
Learning is fun and engaging, we follow all social distancing guidelines (this video was made before lockdown).
Our “Drum Encounters” Course is not just for those seriously considering a musical career, but ideal for those who just want to relieve the stress that’s built up over the day.
Taught in groups of up to 8 students, combining the best elements of traditional one-to-one drum lessons, with a creative, modern approach, resulting in unrivalled quality of teaching.
Learn to play in a state-of-the-art Drum Studio, using the best Yamaha Drum Kits and practice pads. (You don’t need a full drum kit at home ~ quiet practice pads are all you need at home to practise effectively.)
“Drum Encounters” is a fun and innovative way to learn to play the drums, designed to take the student from beginner to advanced and open to anyone from age 7.
Our “Drum Encounters” Course contains material covering Rockschool/Yamaha Grades 1 to 8. The early grade materials (grades 1 and 2) take approximately 12 to 14 months to complete. Students working at the higher grades (3 to 4) should expect to take approximately 18 months. Grades 5 to 8 will inevitable take longer, owing to their complexity. Exams are, of course, entirely optional.
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Information on Keyboard
Full hour, group classes from 6 yrs to adult.
For youngsters aged 6 to 7 yrs., we offer the Junior Play For Keeps course in a fun and stimulating environment. We truly believe that at this age the FUN approach to learning music is important. We achieve this through listening, singing and reading activities. Course material consists of a series of themed text books with striking cartoon-style presentation, designed to appeal to children of this age.
For youngsters starting Keyboard at aged 8 (approx) to adult, we offer the “Play For Keeps” course. Again, the lessons are one hour, group classes which take place in a designated studio.
The course material follows a fully accredited Trinity College/Yamaha exam syllabus and will take the student from beginner to Grade 8 standard. It encompasses a broad range of musical genres, with a focus on popular music from the Rock & Roll era to the present day. We make sure you get to learn the styles of music you want to be able to play, so there’s never been a better time to learn to play the keyboard.
Both keyboard~style and piano~style solo techniques are taught. Creative development is then encouraged as the student has the opportunity to arrange music in his/her own style and learn to improvise.
Band playing also forms an important part of every “Play for Keeps” lesson. This greatly enhances the ability to listen to what others are doing and interact accordingly and it’s great from a social point of view because it provides all the encouragement needed to practise. So that each student can rehearse out of lessons, a CD is provided with each course book which contains fantastic backing tracks created by some of the world’s best arrangers and musicians.
Music notation, theory and aural skills are taught in conjunction with practical work. This will culminate in the ability of the student to listen to and transcribe even the most complicated musical passages.
Play for Keeps contains material covering Trinity College/Yamaha Grades 1 to 8, with additional materials at the higher levels for ensemble repertoire, technical and improvisation exercises. The early grade materials (grades 1 and 2) take approximately 12 to 14 months to complete. Students working at the higher grades (3 to 4) should expect to take approximately 18 months. Grades 5 to 8 will inevitable take longer, owing to their complexity. Exams are, of course, entirely optional.
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Information on Guitar
A rock and pop-based course which is perfectly suited to aspiring guitarists aged 9 years to adult. Lessons are taught on electric instruments.
Not only does the course material cover skills and techniques that would make other guitarists green with envy, it also fully supports music in the National Curriculum, so you can learn while having fun playing !
It also teaches general music and guitar-specific notation and theory. It even covers technical issues such as how to correctly set-up and maintain an instrument. Material includes great music, covering the major milestones in popular guitar styles. Swop your air-guitar for the real thing - now !
As with all our courses, state~of~the~art instruments are provided for use in class, so no student need bring in their own instrument.
Our “Guitar Encounters” Course contains material covering Rockschool/Yamaha Grades 1 to 8. The early grade materials (grades 1 and 2) take approximately 12 to 14 months to complete. Students working at the higher grades (3 to 4) should expect to take approximately 18 months.
Grades 5 to 8 will inevitable take longer, owing to their complexity. Exams are, of course, entirely optional.
Half hour, 1-2-1 lessons are also available for those who are more inclined to the classics.