We’re underway for our Summer Term Time Courses across the UK and looking forward to our next Holiday Camp at May Half Term. This Term children will be learning and exploring their instrument and we have an extra special focus as we will be working towards Minis Awards and Music Medals whilst also looking forward to the special End of Year Grand Concert!

There are lots of ways you can help your child get the best from their lessons too, whether during Holiday Camps or Term Time Courses, and here’s how…

Take time to listen

One of the best ways to grow in confidence is to play in front of someone. That might sound super simple, but it takes courage and lots of concentration to play a piece for someone, even if it is to someone you know very well. Each week after the lesson ask your child to show you what they’ve done in class and tell them how good they are!

Practice makes perfect

The old adage does hold true and to help your child you should encourage them to make practising part of your weekly routine. Maintain the fun element and avoid it being a chore. Read more about how to avoid making practice boring.

Take them to a gig

It doesn’t have to be Glastonbury or the Royal Albert Hall. There will be concerts coming up at the big school at the end of the educational year. And bandstands will be buzzing throughout the sunnier part of the year with everything from folk bands to brass bands. Keep an eye out for our brand new Quaver Concerts too – seeing performances from peers and professionals is very inspirational.

Listen to music together

Listening to music is really important when learning an instrument, it helps you to understand how different compositions are brought together. You can make it fun as always, why not listen out for a melody and take it in turns to sing it back. Or try the harmony, or invent a new one. It’s great fun! Each month we will help you with Recommended Listening as always.

UK’s top team, right in your living room

We’ve worked with the UK’s top strings teachers to put together some videos, from introductions to exploring new sounds and techniques. They’re in bite-sized chunks, so if there is something they want to practice, they can stick a video on and away they go. Check out our YouTube Channel.

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