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The recent Mars landing has been incredible to watch and has inspired us to launch a new composition competition - ‘Perseverance'

The ingenuity of the NASA team and the latest robotic technology involved will allow this rover mission to discover the hidden secrets of the red planet, which has already brought new images, videos and sounds to Earth for us. What else will they find, what will the atmosphere be like, will they find signs of life?

The theme of ‘Perseverance’ can be used in many ways for our composition competition. You could explore the 273 million mile journey of Perseverance from Earth to Mars, and describe in music, the very final stages of breaking through Mars’ atmosphere and the critical moments of landing the rover primed for exploration. Perhaps if you participated in our Moon Rabbit composition competition you can continue and develop your musical theme as you move to another planet? Or perhaps you would like to use the theme Perseverance to musically describe your experiences of living through a Pandemic and imagining the moment you experience social freedom again.

The way you represent the theme is entirely up to you, you can be as creative as you wish to let your imagination run wild in your music.

Find out more here

Do you like listening to jazz, but have never tried playing? Or do you think that classical musicians can't play jazz, but would like to give it a go? Or maybeyou don't know what jazz is,, but are intrigued to find out more? Then this is the perfect event for you! All levels and instruments are welcome - the only things you need are a curious mind and desire to learn something new!

The Jazz Club will be held on the 22nd of May 2021 at 12pm for Juniors and 6pm for adults. Choose your favourite jazz piece or play the easy jazz piece that will be made available numerous weeks before the event. During the event we will all have a look at the given piece and how to do some basic improv.  Satchmo by Kenny Baker will be played to get us in the groove and inspire our inner jazz player!

For some inspiration have a listen to:

My name is Risa, I'm 17 and I play the trumpet and piano. As part of my work experience I have been invited to join the team to get an insight on what they do. I first started learning the trumpet online when I was 13. I had just moved schools and was no longer able to have face to face lessons the way I used to. I loved playing the trumpet and couldn’t bear the thought of giving it up so we looked for an alternative that would fit in with my busy life. At first, I was unsure of how online lessons would work, but it quickly became like second nature. My teacher can demonstrate exactly what I need to do as if he were in the room and even though in the early days we sometimes had some wifi issues things have really improved over the years.

Learning the trumpet online as an advanced student has been really fun and also very rewarding as I have been able to continue my growth as a musician throughout the whole of lockdown. I’m just preparing to take my Grade 8 exam – slightly later than I’d hoped, but I’m definitely feeling ready. My teacher has helped me develop more skills as a jazz trumpet player, which is very important for me as I play lead trumpet for NYJO Jazz Ensemble. On top of this I have really built my confidence when improvising and playing in my higher register! I love the fact that I don’t have to spend time travelling to and from lessons - I can use the time to practise or do some school work instead. This is especially useful now I am in the Sixth form - as an international baccalaureate student I have to take 6 subjects. Although I am not studying music at school it remains a big part of my life and I am doing Maths, Physics and Art projects which all have links to music!

Your Space Music Lessons offers loads of opportunities, such as the performance clubs and theory lessons. Look out for the up coming events and composition competitions!! I have found the performance clubs so fun and really useful, you get to see what other students have been learning and doing. It is really inspiring to hear everyone play.

The great thing is that I have been able to continue with the same trumpet teacher for the past 4 years and I have made brilliant progress from grade 3 to 8. When I go to uni, whether it’s in the uk or abroad, I will definitely continue to develop my musical skills with Your Space Music lessons!

Your Space Music Lessons have just announced their latest ABRSM Music Theory courses and registration form.  Each course will cost £88 for 10 weeks (or you can select just Part 1 of the course for £44).  Payment will be requested once we have confirmed we have enough numbers to run the course.

The courses are hosted on Zoom and a link will be sent to all participants to join the sessions hosted by a Your Space Music Lessons online teacher.

For each course you will need to purchase the relevant ABRSM Music Theory Workbook here

Grade 1 Made Easy! For Adults and Juniors

  • Tutor:Olwen Macleod
  • 10 week course
  • Tuesday evenings 6pm duration 40mins starting on Tuesday 26th January 2021 for 10 weeks. 
  • On registering we will ask you to purchase the grade 1 ABRSM workbook which will be our point of reference throughout the Between week 9 and 10 there will be the optional opportunity to do a past paper which will be marked by the workshop leader by the 10th class.

Grade 2 Made Easy! For Adults and Juniors

  • Tutor:Erin Sproston
  • 10 week course
  • Wednesday evenings 6.15pm duration 40mins starting on Wednesday 27th January 2021 for 10 weeks. 
  • On registering we will ask you to purchase the grade 2 ABRSM workbook which will be our point of reference throughout the Between week 9 and 10 there will be the optional opportunity to do a past paper which will be marked by the workshop leader by the 10th class.

Grade 3 Made Easy! For Adults and Juniors

  • Tutor: Alex Chisholm Loxley
  • 10 week course
  • Thursday evenings 6.30pm duration 40mins starting on Wednesday 18th March 2021 for 10 weeks. 
  • On registering we will ask you to purchase the grade 3 ABRSM workbook which will be our point of reference throughout the Between week 9 and 10 there will be the optional opportunity to do a past paper which will be marked by the workshop leader by the 10th class. 

Grade 4 Made Easy! For Adults and Juniors

  • Tutor: Emily Neagle
  • 10 week course
  • Saturday Mornings 11am duration 40mins starting on Saturday 30th January 2021 for 10 weeks. 
  • On registering we will ask you to purchase the grade 4 ABRSM workbook which will be our point of reference throughout the Between week 9 and 10 there will be the optional opportunity to do a past paper which will be marked by the workshop leader by the 10th class.

Register for a place on the Theory Courses page here

 

Thank you to everyone who has been inspired by Moon Rabbit enough to write a piece of music dedicated to it.  We hope you have enjoyed focusing on this project to produce such brilliant pieces, well done to you all.  

Our Composition Competition for 2020 is on the theme of Moon Rabbit or Jade Rabbit,a mythological rabbit who lives on the moon in Far Eastern Folklore.  Whilst the story originated from China there are many variations of the story including from Japan and Korea.  We would like you to find out about this story and think about how you can use this theme to create a piece of music or a song to tell the tale.

Winners:

Sam Byrd (10 - 15)

Muhilan Kanagarathnam(16+)

Here are all the pieces for you to listen to:

 

 

 

From January we will be offering a range of music theory courses based on the ABRSM theory grades. We can offer a course on any theory grade from 1 to 5 so long as there is a minimum of 3 participants. So please do register your interest with us if there is a particular theory grade course you are looking for. See below the outline of two theory courses starting on 5th/7th January run by Alex Chisolm Loxley and Olwen MacLeod. Please book your place by the end of December.

 

Grade 3 theory made Easy! For Adults and Juniors

  • 10 week course
  • Tutor:Alex Chisholm-Loxley
  • Thursday evenings 6pm duration 40mins starting on Thursday 7th January for 10 weeks.  The cost is £88. Minimum 3 participants.

Topics covered:ledger lines,time signatures, major keys with three sharps and flats, triplets, minor keys with one sharp or flats, grouping notes and rests, intervals, composing four bar rhythms.

 

On registering we will ask you to purchase the grade 3 ABRSM workbook which will be our point of reference throughout the course. Between week 9 and 10 there will be the optional opportunity to do a past paper which will be marked by the workshop leader by the 10th class. If you are intending to take the actual ABRSM online Theory exam, the date is Tues 16th March and our 10 week course leads up to this date. (The ABRSM booking period for entering is 1-8th Feb).

 

 

Piano Star Theory Club for young children

 

A fun angle on the basics of music theory following the colourful ABRSM 'Piano Star Theory' book specially designed for young children.

  • Pre grade 1 theory for 6-9 year olds learning to play piano
  • 10 week course
  • Tutor:Olwen MacLeod
  • Tuesday evenings 6pm, starting on Tuesday 5th January for 10 weeks.  The cost is £70. Duration 30 mins. Minimum 3 participants.

 

Topics covered: you will learn the basics of rhythm, pitch, dynamics and articulation

 

On registering we will ask you to purchase the ABRSM  piano star workbook which will be our point of reference throughout the course. The same type of course is available for Grade1,  2, 4 and 5 theory, please register your interest with us.

 

Register for a course here

 

 

We are delighted to be able to share news of our new Teespring merchandise store.  We have a selection of t-shirts, hoodies and mugs available in some great designs and colours.  Teespring are a specialist partner who handle all payment and shipping for all purchased items, as well as a customer service line for any enquiries.  Why not click below and check out what is available:

https://teespring.com/en-GB/stores/your-space-music-lessons

Another new week brings another Performance Club on Wednesday 27th May. Groups are as follows:
2.30pm - Young Performers grades 3 - 5
3.30pm - Young Performers grade 0 - 2
4.30pm - Young Performers grade 6+
5.30pm Adult Performers grade 2+ and advanced

On Thursday we host a beginner adult group at 6pm.

Get in touch if you would like to perform in one of these groups this week with the title of your piece to [email protected] 

 

Our teaching Director Olwen Macleod lives in the Outer Hebrides and those who are taught by her may have been given the ‘webcam treat’ of looking out of her studio window onto the sea, which sometimes comes through her window when there is a stormy high tide.   Near where she lives is the island of Staffa, and Fingal’s Cave.  No-one lives on this Island and it is often difficult to land a boat there.  But many years ago composer Felix Mendelssohn visited the uninhabited island and wrote the famous Hebrides Overture describing Fingal’s Cave and his experience.

Can I suggest that you look up some pictures of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave – can you find a video?  And then I suggest you listen to the whole piece, yes the whole Fingal’s cave overture and shut your eyes and imagine you are there.  Mendelssohn paints all the pictures of the powerful lashing waves in his beautiful music.  Be transported there and listen to the birds, the smell of the seaweed and the salt water.  Mind you don’t get pooped on by a seagull!

Now, do you think you could compose a piece of music describing something in your house or garden?  Use the best of your imagination, Mendelssohn did; and then perform it to your teacher and record it and send it to us.  We want to make a page on our website ‘beautiful sounds of isolation’ and we’ll be putting all the best compositions up there and awarding prizes. ‘Beautiful Sounds of Isolation’ will appear in our website on the 31st May – we look forward to hearing from you.

If you are a music teacher and have been instantly faced with the problem of moving all of your students online we can help.

At Your Space Music Lessons we have built up 6 years of experience teaching musical instruments online and work with a great network of music teachers who are successfully teaching online on a regular basis.  We have the skills and expertise to be able to pass on to you should you need our assistance, even just temporarily.

We have a package available for private music teachers who are able to bring 30 or more students with them onto our platform specially designed for the online music teacher.  You will be given a login to the Your Space Music Lessons online lesson notes, planner and diary system, a google account for bespoke emails and to enable upload your lesson videos to a private online storage for safe guarding.  With a lesson payments system with fees going directly into your Paypal account, we will also provide full training and support to get your lessons up and running fast.  We will assist all of your pupils in using video conferencing system and can enable testing if there are connection problems that arise.  We are here for you to ensure your lessons can transition as smoothly as possible so you can focus on teaching and continue your good work.

Contact us directly by email [email protected] to discuss further including terms.

 

 

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