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Teaching Director, Olwen MacLeod, recently participated in an article for Music Teacher magazine for a piece of Distance Learning. Olwen discussed the highs and the lows of setting up the school and told of the opportunities it is giving to many people who want to learn the piano.  In the article she recalls,

'the main challenge was reversing a poor perception that such a project could work. But we spent a considerable amount of time finding the right cameras, the right microphones and suitable software to make everything work properly.'

'It is both exciting and rewarding to bring music teaching to people in this way and I am encouraged to meet so many new people who really want to learn the piano.'

Olwen MacLeod, Your Space Music Lessons, (Music Teacher Magazine Feb 2015)

 

Your Space Music Lessons are very proud to join the UK Association for Music Education or Music Mark. The association aims to bring together professionals to set standards and provide training within music education. We aim to join the debate and help improve the learning potential and personal outcomes of children in and out of school. 

Teaching Director Olwen MacLeod commented, 'this a very important step for our school, and shows our determination to maintain a high standard of tuition using our online model.  We hope we can learn about excellent practice to further enhance our benchmark standards for teaching, as well as provide help and advice to the education service.' 

The research carried out by YSML has shown consistent progress in children and adults receiving piano tuition delivered one-to-one online, compared to more traditional tuition formats.

During 2015 we are delighted to be highlighting the highly popular work of UK composer, arranger and pianist Stephen J Wood and giving our pupils the chance to receive a masterclass from the composer himself. YSML pupils will be learning to play some of his pieces from his recently launched series ‘Contemporary Scottish Collection for Piano’ Books 1,2 and 3. Using the framework of well known and not so well known Scottish songs his compositions instill the essence of the Highlands and Islands with classical and jazz overtones.

Teaching Director Olwen MacLeod is thrilled with the opportunity,  'getting the right music for the right pupil is one of the main ingredients for successful music lessons.  Introducing our pupils to the music of Stephen J Wood has opened doors bringing light and fresh air (and the occasional gust of wind! - try ‘The Surge of the Sea’) to our pupils' musical journey.'

Dr Stephen J Wood from being a University Lecturer and Teacher now devotes his time to composition and private tuition.  He commented 'I'm very excited about working alongside YourSpace music teachers and students to introduce you to these beautiful Gaelic and Scottish melodies arranged for piano, and look forward to sharing them with you as you learn, play and perform them'.

We are delighted to say that Your Space Music Lessons pupils who are learning one of Stephen J Wood’s pieces will have the opportunity of an online one-to-one masterclass with him at the later stages of learning the piece! We look forward to working with Stephen in the coming year!

Well done to all the entrants into our Christmas Piano Competition.  We can now announce the winners as follows:

 

Beginners Category:  Lewis Goral

Intermediate Category: David Durrant

Advanced Category:  Kymberley Ellson

 

Thank you to all those who entered and we hope to launch the competition again next year.

Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year

 

Watch our premier virtual Christmas Concert streamed live on YouTube!  The link is now live and you can click and view the concert at 2pm on the 14th December.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPKQcF4AX84

The teachers and pupils are really looking forward to the concert and we hope everyone enjoys it.  See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti bullying weekOnly after one month since opening our cybernetic doors, Your Space Music Lessons would like to offer free lessons to school children as part of the 2014 Anti-Bullying week (17th NOV - 21st NOV).

We would like to attempt to counteract the fear of the on-line world by providing a pleasurable and safe experience using a webcam and a microphone. A pupil can be taught the piano in the comfort of their own home, opening up a world of possibilities to inspiring musicians that are unable to commute to their nearest conservatory or private tutor. The service has already attracted music lovers from the ages of 8 to 85, from all walks of life, with and without experience and from all corners of Britain.

Any child under the age of 16, under the supervision of a parent or guardian, is invited to take a free piano lesson via Skype or Google hangouts if they register for a free introductory session on our website between the 17th - 21st November.  The pupil will be contacted via Skype or Google Hangouts to arrange the set up of the equipment (webcam / computer) . Then a further free 30 minute lesson will be scheduled.  It is hoped that that the lesson will be fun and confidence boosting where the child will learn a few simple things about music and the piano.

Register now

 

 

 

 

 

We are delighted to have some highly accredited and dynamic teachers on the Your Space Music Lessons team delivering online lessons to the school's high standard.  One experienced tutor is Lorraine Wild who teaches beginners to advanced level pianists.

"I work with a passion for the piano and my desire is to share that enthusiasm with my pupils. Teachers play an important part in the learning process, and from my point of view it is essential to adapt your pedagogy to your student. Structured sessions will enable the pupil to progress, and at the same time fully enjoy the lessons. My teaching combines a friendly environment with professional advice, which allows a comfortable atmosphere to be established while ensuring musical development."

Lorraine Wild - piano teacher at Your Space Music Lessons

Piano Cake delivered to the offices of International Piano MagazineWe have had a brilliant few weeks as the new piano lessons service has got under way, and we're delighted and surprised at the amount of interest in online piano lessons. Perhaps lessons via Skype or other video messaging services could suit your lifestyle?

In this month we've sent out 10 piano cakes, launched Facebook and Twitter campaigns, ran a fabulous competition to win piano lessons and got many registrations to take up their free introductory session. We have also had mentions from International Piano Magazine and famous pianist James Rhodes to help us celebrate.  We're not looking back either, during November we are teaming up with Families Magazine online with a fantastic new competition and you'll soon find us in Primary Times Magazine in national locations.  Leaflets about our new service will also be distributed nationwide in the coming weeks.  Perhaps you are part of an organisation who would like to receive information about our new service, to request leaflets simply contact the marketing team

If you're interested in online piano lessons with us, just complete the free registration form and we'll be in touch to arrange your first free introduction. 

Working from North Uist

Now officially launched, Your Space Music Lessons is the new more convenient and flexible choice for music tuition.  Olwen MacLeod, 39, developed the business idea from a family birthday party which linked up her family from London, Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Scotland using Skype.  This along with a piano teaching career of 20 years snowballed into a very real possibility for an island based business.

The beautiful Western Isle of North Uist has a population of 1,271 and, whilst music is knitted into the culture of the island, the prospects for physically teaching music to more than the locals were limited.  Mrs MacLeod wanted to create a window from Uist to the world 'This business gives a greater opportunity to me, and to other teachers in remote areas, and in turn we teach to those who reap the advantages of the online portal to learn.'  Working with her father, family members and other contacts she managed to secure the support and investment for the new innovative teaching business and has now launched the live service with a full booking and payment site.

Using the latest connective technology, cameras and software, Mrs Macleod is now teaching pupils all over the world from Edinburgh to Oman with other teachers now working with Olwen to supply the demand for teaching.  Quality lessons is paramount to Olwen's vision for Your Space Music Lessons, 'The equipment that all the teachers use ensures transition both ways is loud, clear, and consistent.  We also test that the internet connection is up to scratch before we allow a potential pupil to book a lesson, because I don't want to offer a poor service'. 

Teaching a piano pupil online

The online teaching platform has obvious advantages to pupils, namely the convenience of being in your own home, not having to traipse children and their siblings to teachers homes, and that lessons are recorded and archived giving peace of mind.   For Chris MacDonald who lives and works in Oman (UAE) the lessons clearly give him great pleasure, 'being taught from The Western Isles of Scotland is surreal, the sound and images are clear so there are no distractions from learning and improving.'

Olwen is optimistic for the future 'our second phase will be a roll out for other musical instruments, but for now I am hoping that people will enjoy learning the piano with us and sharing their talents through our online concerts and social media.  There are certainly exciting times ahead.'

 

 

Your Space Music Lessons are entering the final stage of pilot lessons before we become fully open for business in September.  Most of our eleven pilot pupils have been receiving internet lessons now for over six months and have helped us enormously in the development of our programme.  For the next few weeks they will be trialling the web based appointment system and payment system and we hope to report good progress well in advance of our September launch.

The most encouraging thing with our pilot lessons has been the good progress made by all of the pilot pupils in their piano skills, despite the occasional teething problems that they had to put up with.  This process has been exciting for all of us and we really feel we have something special to offer those hungry to learn to play the piano.  The accessibility straight into the home proves a big plus for parents who have previously been driving their children to and from lessons, but accessibility has also been a winner for the working people as well who find they can fit a thirty minute lesson inside their busy schedule knowing it will start and finish on time and there is no getting there and coming back.

If you want to be kept informed of our progress please register your interest on the website.  A little while longer and we will be able to offer everyone lessons.

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