Professor Stephen Roberts from ABRSM visited the Hebrides to test local Your Space Music Lessons students, who have learned the piano by Skype, for their music exams. He flew into Benbecula airport on a beautiful, bright and sunny day to see the islands at their best.
We give a warm welcome Peter New who joins the Your Space Music Lessons teaching network. Peter teaches all things brass including trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba and tenor horn. Peter's experience leading the Leeds Youth Jazz Orchestra and his talents in arranging music (see www.peternewmusic.com) means he is a real asset to the team.
In the latest edition of Classical Music Magazine published by Rhinegold, Keith Clarke shares his experiences of learning the accordion with a teacher over Skype in an article titled 'Your Place Or Mine!'. His eight month learning experience gave him chance to really evaluate lessons online and give some positive feedback:
'There was no one locally so I signed up with someone about 680 miles away!'
'A lifeline for those not within reach of a teacher.'
'Distance is no issue, pupils have signed up from Australia, the USA, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Oman and Iraq.'
'It's accessible, enjoyable and effective'
We thank Keith Clarke and Classical Music Magazine for giving us a whirl!
We are absolutely delighted to have Thomas Hardaker join the teaching team at Your Space Music lessons. Thom specialises in the accordion having spent 7 years at Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory, St Petersburg, Russia, under professor Oleg Sharov. He is very involved in teaching in schools in North Yorkshire and performs regularly around the UK. Thom's talent extends beyond the accordion as he can also speak and teach in Russian and French. Enquiries are already being taken for Thom's tuition.
Playing for Royalty at State Banquets may be at the pinnacle of any performer’s career, but for Neil Clark his passion for the bagpipes has taken a modern twist to inspire others to play and soak up Scottish culture. Having played for the Queen and Princess Diana during his time in the Scots Guards, Neil now takes enormous pleasure in teaching students in live video links, where the taste of the Scottish Highlands can be experienced in homes across the world.
Neil’s vivid memories in the Scots Guards include a time they were asked to Moscow’s Red Square on the 850th Anniversary of Moscow where thousands surrounded them as they stepped off their vehicle. Neil recalls the time ‘we marched against a mass of people in Red Square and as we played the crowds parted by the driving sound of the Scottish pipes.’
A sound like no other, and much loved by Queen Victoria, the bagpipes continue to be heard by the Queen herself each week day morning by the Piper to the Sovereign. This daily Royal performance illustrates the historic and cultural importance of the Bagpipes in the UK and Scotland today.
Having completed his role in the Scots Guards Neil now teaches students across three continents in North America, Australia and in native Scotland from his studio in Stirlingshire connecting with them online. His enthusiasm and attention to detail (and his role as assessor on the Piping and Drumming Qualification Board) has produced many prize-winning students. ‘Teaching online facilitates a first-hand learning experience of Scottish Pipe Music across global boundaries to those who have a burning desire to learn’ he says.
For Your Space Music Lessons, a specialist online music school, Neil’s bagpipe tuition adds to a range of instruments to learn online, ‘Your Space Music Lessons is where great musicians can pass on their inspiring tales and skills, in personal one-to-one lessons through a screen. The opportunity is there for everybody’ says Teaching Director Olwen Macleod.
Your Space Music Lessons, that began in the remote Scottish Western Isles, has the primary objective to match online teachers to those who cannot access tuition in their local area. It has now built a network of handpicked teachers who have the experience and training to communicate and deliver quality online music lessons.
Bagpipe tuition is available wherever you live from one the Worlds most talented tutors. Arrange a taster session with Neil Clark here
Enter our fantastic competition this August to win a selection of 4 beginner piano books from the Your Space Music Lessons shop plus 3 online piano lessons with one of our team of Skype teachers.
Choose from children's books like the classic John Thompson range or Pauline Hall's Piano Time books to help your child learn how to play. If you are a mature beginner you can also choose from more tailored books like Pam Wedgwood's It's Never Too Late and The Classic Piano Course.
The prize includes 4 beginner piano books of the winners choice to be chosen from the Your Space Music Lessons Shop here. The winner will be contacted to arrange a suitable time to receive 3 Skype piano lessons as part of the prize.
To enter all you need to do is like, share or comment on our Facebook page here
email [email protected] stating PIANO BOOKS in the subject. Enter by midnight Saturday 13th August 2016 to qualify.
Terms and conditions: The prize is 4 books from the Your Space Music Lessons Piano selection plus 3 Skype Piano Lessons provided by your Space Music Lessons Ltd. There is no alternative prize. The winner will be randomly picked on Monday 15th August and notified within 2 days. The judges decision is final. By entering you are agreeing to Your Space Music Lessons emailing tuition offers in the future. Your email address will not be shared with any third party.
Your Space Music Lessons have a launched a brand new promotion with www.musicroom.com offering Skype Piano Lessons to their customers. The offer includes a free 30 minute lesson with one of Your Space Music Lessons qualified piano tutors and for complete beginners, music to download and print for the session.
Musicroom.com are one of the biggest online retailers of sheet music, scores, songbooks, music books, tutor methods, DVDs, software & musical instruments & accessories, with a massive selection to choose from To redeem your free 30 minute lesson submit your details and availability by following this link
A member of the Your Space team will be in touch to arrange your session.
Don't go anywhere this summer and give your child a home-based fun and engaging musical experience in starting to learn the piano. With Your Space Music Lessons you will have a personal tutor who teaches your child on Skype in your home in a series of special lessons designed for beginners during the summer holidays. The course to be taken over 5 days (we can be flexible which days) is available in 15 minute bursts or longer 30 minute sessions to give your child an exciting and fun packed activity to do during the break.
Our special illustrated character 'Spacey Mouse' featured in the music will give your child encouragement and motivation along the way.
The course consists of one personal piano tutor over Skype teaching over 5 session PLUS music to download and print for the sessions.
5 x 15 minute sessions: £28
5 x 30 minute sessions £49
Running weeks commencing
The first session will start at 9.30am each and the last session will be 2pm each day. Times will be offered on a first come first served basis.