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Jenn's Shining Stars & Jenn's Shooting Stars
These sessions are generally suitable for young children between the ages of 3-5 (approx.). These one-to-one sessions are a great way to introduce your little one to the world of music. In these sessions, your child will be exposed to playing the piano, singing and basic music theory. Learning takes place through games, stories, movement to music and exploring the piano itself. Children will begin to learn:
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This section covers piano lessons that are suitable for adults, teens and children from the age of 5 (approx.).
I offer two lengths of piano lessons - 30 minutes and 60 minutes. Most students choose to start with 30 minute lessons, then progress on to 60 minute lessons when they feel they are ready to benefit from more in depth tuition. All lessons are one-to-one with me, ensuring you receive maximum support in your learning. Whichever length lesson you choose, you will learn about scales and key signatures, correct posture and fingering technique, music theory, geography of the keyboard, sight reading and aural practice.
30 Minute Lessons
The 30 minute one-to-one sessions provide students with a solid introduction to the world of piano playing. In these sessions the student is taught correct posture, basic theory, how to read music (treble and bass clef - right and left hand), the musical alphabet, note values, dynamics, tempos, rhythms, scales, key signatures, time signatures, basic introduction to composers, sight reading, aural, and much more.
Students will usually begin in a method book that is chosen specifically with the student in mind, so students will not always be working from the same books. Once the basic concepts have been grasped to a suitable standard, the student will have more of a say in the pieces they would like to learn.
Musical concepts are taught in many fun and exciting ways, so students (especially those that are younger) may not always be sitting at the piano. Students may be spending time composing on the computer, learning notes and key signatures via apps, and playing games such as 'snap'.
60 Minute Lessons
The 60 minute one-to-one sessions provide students with an in depth knowledge of the skills listed above, providing more time for the student to put their newly learnt skills into practice.
These longer lessons are ideal for cementing knowledge that has been newly acquired and provide the opportunity for a greater level of understanding.
When a student is working towards an exam they will be recommended (although not required) to move up to 60 minute lessons. This is in order to receive the greatest amount of support and fully cover all of the skills that are needed for the exams. Once the exam has been taken, students can decide whether they would like to continue with 30 or 60 minute lessons.
The longer sessions are also great for teenagers and adults, as I have found from experience that we tend to find our time flies quickly in lessons!
Just like the piano tuition explained above, extra music theory tuition is provided in both 30 and 60 minute lesson options.
These sessions are dedicated solely to the acquisition of music theory knowledge, and are ideal for those preparing for a theory exam, GCSEs and ALevels, and even those that are teaching themselves an instrument (however please note that these lessons are solely theory, if you require further support on the piano alongside self teaching, you must enrol for piano tuition).
Under ABRSM rules, a student must pass the Grade 5 theory exam before progressing onto Grades 6, 7 and 8 practical. Students will be prepared for this and complete the Grade 5 theory exam with the Studio, just like any other exam taken with me previously.
Other ABRSM theory exams are also available and can be completed if the student would like to gain further theory knowledge. These cover Grades 1 - 8.
As instrumental skills progress, development in music theory and musicianship becomes increasingly important in helping students to perform with sensitivity, understanding and confidence.
ABRSM’s Music Theory exams aim to give students a thorough understanding of the building blocks of music, starting with the basics of rhythm and notes, and going on to cover harmony and counterpoint, composition, and a broad knowledge of western music, including composers and their works, structure, style and period.
Each Music Theory paper is marked out of a total of 100, with 66 marks required for a Pass, 80 for a Merit and 90 for a Distinction.
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To enrol into the studio, each student must enrol for at least one term. The student will then be automatically re-enrolled for each subsequent term unless otherwise requested. In order to achieve enrolment and guarantee your lesson time each term, payment for the term must be paid on or before the first lesson of each term.