I have loved helping around three hundred people realise their musical goals. I use exam boards such as ABRSM, Trinity Rock & Pop and Rockschool in order to cater for students of all abilites and interests.
I encourage my students to perform as much as possible by running a student concert every month. I encourage playing out as much as possible, maybe at assemblies, end-of-term school concerts, local theatre shows and music festivals.
PARENTS CAN COME & LEARN TOO!
I believe that there is a very strong correlation between parental support and a student's success at playing an instrument. I encourage parents to sit in on lessons, though this must be prearranged.
I also hold free teaching sit-in sessions for parents in order for them to know what their children are, or should be, getting up to! - most parents understand the basics right away. I'll blog the next one, but it will be probably tie in with the next student concert.
In addition, reports are issued twice a year for private students.
The first lesson is free!
A casual meeting of student and me to establish your goals! Parents welcome.
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EXAMS OR NOT?
Entirely up to the student.
Not all students benefit from exams and many of the most motivated don't need them, but they often are amazingly good at speeding up progress. I doubt I would have been at grade VIII standard at age fourteen if it weren't for taking them!
TO READ OR NOT TO READ?!
I've had the privilege of playing with amazing musicians, some of which can't read a note and some that wouldn't dream of playing without sheet music.
The debate is very well covered elsewhere, but as a default I recommend both learning to read and playing "by ear". This is something that is usually agreed between student, parent and teacher.