|Posted on 21 March, 2018 at 7:20||comments (0)|
When is a music pupil ready to take an exam?
Starting from scratch the key is to develop confidence on your instrument learning co-ordination, most of the basic range, simple major and minor scales and arpeggios, some songs in simple arrangements. Ideally be ready to perform a song or two to a parent or friend. Music is a performance art and finding a small appreciative audience helps you to develop poise and self confidence. Don't let all your practice run...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 16 October, 2016 at 6:00||comments (0)|
Top 10 Tips for Piano Performance Practice
Tip 1 - Clearly define your Performance event
Where will you be playing? At what date? To whom? What is the audience expectation?
This will be unique to your piano performance. The venue may have much influence as to the instrument available, the time of day, the atmosphere, the audience. The time of day will influence the type of performance ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 9 August, 2016 at 20:00||comments (0)|
Which should I learn how to play - Trombone or Saxophone?
Both trombone and saxophone are heavy instruments suited to adults, teens and older children from age eleven. Younger pupils should start on Clarinet or Trumpet initially.
The saxophone is heavy and can only be played wearing a neck strap or full body harness strap to support the weight of the sax as you play.
The trombone requires a long arm to reach the lower sixth and s...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 20 March, 2016 at 14:15||comments (0)|
"My child has been learning music privately for some time now but our teacher has not mentioned music exams. Does this mean my child is not yet ready? When does a child normally take their first grade?"
Not all private tutors enter their pupils for music grade exams so first ask if this is the case?
In general pupils progress one grade level a year but not necessarily ready for grade 1 until one to four years depending on the age & ability of t...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 20 March, 2016 at 13:50||comments (0)|
You'd like to start music lessons but you don't have a piano or keyboard?
Trumpet or Clarinet Lessons?
Both these popular instruments can be learnt fom an early age, 5 years or even younger if you choose a special clarinet in C, designed for young children. Or even a plastic trumpet! Most children younger than 11 years will not have the arm reach for trombone so begin on trumpet. The sax is also best learnt from 11 years as it isa heavy i...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 16 December, 2015 at 10:40||comments (0)|
2016 - a new start - a new hobby!
Increase your positivity this New Year by starting a new hobby! I recommend taking Piano Lessons in Kent.
Studying music has many rewards and positive benefits to your physical and mental health, and will also improve your intelligence and increase the awareness of your senses plus inspiring your creativity and learning new skills like improvisation, memorization and composition!
No one is too ol...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 19 October, 2015 at 19:40||comments (0)|
Are you too old to learn piano?
Here are some popular piano myths and the truth!
Children learn much more effectively than adults..
Absolute nonsense! Most of my adult pupils learn in four lessons the music my child pupils take over one year to learn! Truth. Why is this? Adults focus on the subject on hand - not their dog, their phone, their toys, their aches and pains, the latest joke. Adults invariably lis...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 1 September, 2015 at 18:15|
A new school term begins!
Are you ready to start Piano Lessons?
Kent Piano Teacher Louise Woodcock teaches piano at all levels, styles and age groups. And lessons take place in your own home! This can save considerable hassle transporting children about and filling in the lesson time while you wait to take the pupil home.
Perhaps your child is entering school for the first time? It's time to consider learning piano!
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|Posted on 29 June, 2015 at 10:00||comments (0)|
Once you have mastered enough piano technique to enjoy a wide variety of styles you will want to discover enough music to keep you challenged. When I was learning in the intermediate stage there was very little simple enjoyable music available! I persevered at exam grade pieces from earlier syllabus years, I played hymns, I picked out folk songs by ear and composed simplistic boogie pieces, and I jumped into the deep end of playing shorter sonata movements. Gradually album series including th...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 28 June, 2015 at 9:25||comments (0)|
Have you ever wanted to play Saxophone?
If you live in Kent or East Sussex you can enjoy weekly lessons in your own home with Kent based professional saxophonist Louise Woodcock.
* Learn at your own pace
* Play the music styles you really enjoy - no boring studies!
* Take ABRSM grades Jazz 1-5 or Classical 1-8 if you wish
* Play in a band!
* Improve your memory and dexterity; build your self confidence
* Learn to improvise & re...Read Full Post »