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THE LATEST NEWS FROM YOUR SPACE

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.

 

 

The online teaching service at your Space Music Lessons is a fantastic curated team from the best of the UK, each teacher with an incredible passion for music and a desire to transfer their music knowledge and skills to their students.  Having taught online for the past 6 years we understand how best to deliver great one to one online lessons, live to you whereever you are.

We are ready to prepare you for every music grade to bring out the best in your music ability, and we pride ourselves in an unblemished music pass rate, benchmarking our music service to an industry high.  We often use our pool of teachers to deliver different elements from lessons to workshops and online performing clubs and concerts and believe we have fantastic music learning opportunities for you to discover. 

If you are looking for a highly experienced team of teachers for top up lessons, or lessons to build your skills please register for a free taster lesson. 

Did you know Your Space Music Lessons began as a result of a Skype family dinner party? 

Founder Olwen Macleod, who lives in the Westerns Isles of Scotland, recalls how it all began

'My parents Peter and Carole live in Shropshire, our brother Matt is in Stevenage and my sister, Abigail, is based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.  Between us we span 640 miles!  When my Mum reached 60 we found we were unable to all get together for her birthday so we decided to have a Skype Dinner Party instead.   It was a brilliant and hilarious occasion and after we’d all had a couple of glasses of wine (no one was driving) my brother jokingly suggested I should do my piano lessons over Skype. THAT was the beginning of Your Space Music Lessons.'

We arranged the dinner party meticulously and it's amazing how much fun you can have even when you're not in the same room.  We have provided a few tips here:

We took some time to catch up with Your Space Music Lessons online singing teacher Peter Edge at the beginning of an exciting year, here is our Q & A below:  
 

We think pupils and parents would be interested to learn what other music activities you do as well as teaching.  Can you share a typical week with us?

It depends on the week to be honest, but I do a lot of practising and rehearsing.  Most days consists of practicing for 4 – 5 hours and then preparation for singing lessons in the evening.  The next production I will be doing will mean rehearsing 10am - 5.30pm every day and then doing teaching in the evening. 

What Performances have you got coming up?

My next production is working with Opera North on their Whistle Stop Opera Project.  We’re doing 32 performances of the Marriage of Figaro and I am playing the role of Figaro.  It’s only an hour long so it’s a great introduction to Opera.

Can you highlight any performances that you have done recently?

I recently played Marcello in La Boheme in full Italian with the Hampstead Garden Opera and one of the biggest highlights was making my debut at the Royal Albert Hall singing The Toreador Song in front of 3000 people.  Last year was just fantastic as I also graduated with Distinction as a Master of Music (M.Mus.) from the Royal College of Music.

How does your career work influence your teaching and vice versa?

Yes it definitely does because unlike an instrument, everyone has a different voice but also different levels of anxiety.  A lot of people won’t realise how difficult it is even just standing up there, you have nothing, it’s just you and your face and it can be really daunting.  People tense up and forget the words.  I find going on the circuit you listen to tips and tricks of the trade as well from other people but also your own experiences and you can throw that back at them. Everyone feels it so we can talk about it and provide solutions to it.

What do you enjoy about teaching online?

The benefit of online teaching is that it is mobile for everybody and you don’t waste as much time and hence the lesson quality can be in some way better because you are straight to the detail, straight to the point.  I do find that with a camera you have to keep momentum going all the way through, and because of that you have to give it constant energy.

I’m really lucky to have a great bunch of students with ‘Your Space’, they are all different and come from all parts of the world which I find very exciting.  I tell the production team I work with and they can’t quite believe it when I say yeah, I’m going to America this evening, India tomorrow, Norway and Oxford….  My students are all at different stages of musicianship and I love seeing the fire and the captivation from students as they focus in.  Singing means a lot to them.

Do you have a speciality or topic in the back of your mind when teaching?

I do focus quite a bit on anxiety even for people if they are not performing, as sometimes they get nervous singing in front of me.  It has taken one student about a year to break that mould.  It’s about reassuring them that it’s not all about being note perfect, it’s about your own interpretation; if you enjoy it, the audience will.  But it’s important to know the audience is always behind you too; they don’t want you to fail, they want you to succeed.  Focusing on your breathing, posture and stance can work wonders and can override your mind playing tricks on you.  By focusing on the words and how it makes you feel and why you are singing it will also alleviate a lot of your anxiety.  I have learned, absorbed and researched a lot in this area and live online singing lessons, in the comfort of your own homes can be the perfect environment to break it down and work on it.

What have been your online teaching highlights?

Yes, one of my students who I taught in Spain has now moved to London and is going from strength to strength singing wherever she can, even the National Anthem for a London Lions game, and another is on tour with her band.  One special student I teach has made enormous progress and worked so hard to improve her tuning dramatically.  From not being able to sing a note in tune to now being able to accurately sing a tenth interval, it’s astonishing.  It only goes to show what can be achieved.

Catch Peter in the Marriage of Figaro during February and March 2020 https://www.operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/whistle-stop-opera-the-marriage-of-figaro-2020/

Find out more about Peter’s work here https://www.peteredgebaritone.co.uk/

 

Our recent Composition Competition was a wonderful way for pupils to express their inner creative talents, and we were thrilled with the quality of entries.  The competition was judged by Alexander Chisholm-Loxley who is a composer and piano teacher with Your Space Music Lessons.  Alexander has kindly provided feedback to each entrant in the competition and judged the following awards:

The Winners

Age 4 - 10 Category
Winner
Harris Jakub - A Winter's Night

Runners Up
Emily Minor - Christmas Cheer
Anaé Bobrie - Guitar Piece

Age 11 - 17 Category
Winner
Jess Harris - The Lake Freezes Over

Runner Up
Ailsa MacKinnon - Midwinter

  

 

Our fantastic new composition competition is now on!  This is a brillliant opportunity to get your creative juices flowing especially if you are learning an instrument, and a chance to explore your instrument and find out what you can do.  Your Space Music Lessons, online music school, will be awarding prizes for Christmas or winter themed compositions from entrants in three age categories:

  • Age 4 - 10 Child
  • Age 11 - 17 Older Child / Teen
  • 18+ Adult 

To enter you must compose a piece of music; a song with words or a melody with a Christmas or winter theme influence.  Think about the mood of the piece, using tempo, dynamics and phrasing of your melodies to evoke characterisation.  You make like to add notes with your submission along with an imaginative title.

The composition does not need to be notated but you must submit a performance video recording that you can play yourself on an instrument of your choice.  The recording must be made in landscape orientation.  The resulting mp4 files must be sent to [email protected] (via dropbox.com) with your name, age and title of the piece. 

On submitting your entry you agree for it to be added to a playlist of compositions published on the Your Space Music Lessons website.

The compositions will be judged by professional Composer, online piano teacher and Your Space teaching partner teacher Alex Chisholm-Loxley.

Entries must be received by 17th December 2019 at midnight and the winner will be announced by Saturday 21st December. 

The competition is open to Your Space Music Lessons pupils and the general public.

The winner of each category will receive a £25 Amazon e-gift voucher and a certificate.  There is no alternative prize, and the judges decision is final.

To ask any questions about the competition please contact [email protected].

www.yourspacemusiclessons.com

 

Your Space Music Lessons piano teacher Alex Chisholm Loxley will be performing a series of Beethoven Piano Sonatas in a wonderful new piano festival at Ushaw College, County Durham between 18th and 20th October 2019.

Alex's programme at 14.30pm on the 19th October includes: Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique, Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2, popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata, and Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (colloquially known as the Appassionata, meaning "passionate" in Italian). 

Amongst the ther performers are Paul Taylor (18th Oct), Michael Grave (19th Oct), Annie Ball (20th Oct), and Bill Hilton (20th Oct) who together with Alex will be hosting a Masterclass on piano improvisation.

Full details can be found here http://www.ushaw.org/page/piano-festival-2019

 

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