This week has been like no other, I’m sure that can be said by all of us. As well as having to radically shift the way I operate my business and accommodate my people, I’ve also experienced huge loss. But, as my father once said to me many years ago, ‘when one door closes, another … Continue reading When one door closes…
Amidst the current chaos, I’d like to present a more optimistic view of the social climate that now challenges each one of us. With the news surrounding Covid-19 seeming like a constant deluge of negativity, it is easy for feelings of isolation, anxiety, frustration and depression to manifest themselves within us. The greatest cost of … Continue reading Coronavirus – could now be the perfect time to dust off your guitar?
Several weeks ago when Coronavirus was first spotlighted in the news as it began taking over China, I never thought in my wildest dreams that an article like this would be necessary. With the government seemingly (and finally!) beginning to tighten up their approach to dealing with this pandemic, here are some ideas of precautions … Continue reading COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Precautions we can take in our instrumental lessons
This post is an unusually personal one, but one I'd like to share with you nonetheless. 5 years ago, on the 4th Feb 2015, I was diagnosed with cancer. This week, I’ve been given the all clear after my initial treatment and a surveillance plan that began 5 years ago. As I was sat in … Continue reading Watch the watch.
In this, my first post of 2020, I thought I’d get back to it with a BANG! This article will cover my reasons for my passionate belief in why we should at first discourage our learners to enter for graded instrument examinations, especially in their formative stages of learning. Warning, this is going to be a … Continue reading Making the grade; why graded music exams could be the worst thing for our learners.
As I cast my mind back to my Helping Young Learners To Practise post earlier this year, I thought I'd share 3 Engaging Activities with you, to give you an idea of how you can break down the barriers of feeling like you can't - or maybe shouldn't - help, whilst being an active part in … Continue reading 3 Engaging Activities To Help Your Child Practise Their Instrument
A theme for me this month has been that of forgiveness. Without going into detail, there are one or two individuals in my life, who were once very close to me, that I have learned I need to forgive. I've spent a long time holding on to various experiences in my life as happening to … Continue reading Does life happen to you, or for you?
Hold the phone... In and amidst my busy schedule, (and in between trying to find time to write and finish other posts, too) I simply had to share this amazing opportunity to see a world class guitarist with you. If you are local to Elland, in Halifax, UK, then this event is one you simply … Continue reading Greg Koch…IN ELLAND!
My thoughts on helping autistic learners better access music and instrumental lessons.
All you NEED to know about the Elements of Music. You don’t even need a periodic table!