Please find below a lovely video of one of my fantastic students playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as a duet...by himself!
He started online lessons only a few months ago and is making great progress. Thanks to Dad for the recording expertise too!
They just keep coming!
96% (distinction) for MTB grade 3 for my young trombone student who started online lessons with me (as a complete beginner!) little over a year ago. I would strongly argue that online lessons can be just as effective as face-to-face. Congratulations to her...a fantastic result!
Even more exam success!
Another MTB grade 2 distinction for a young cornetist who has only had online lessons with me for the past few months...very well done to him!
More exam success
Another excellent grade 7 (tenor horn) result...84% (merit...very almost another distinction!)...just proving how successful online lessons can be!
Look after those chops!
After some very changeable weather in the UK over the last couple of weeks (ranging from snow to summer temperatures of 20˚C!), annoyingly I awoke last Saturday morning to find that my top lip had split. This is annoying at the best (or worst!) of times, but even more so with a new trumpet to put through its paces!
Make sure that you are keeping your lips moist with lip balm (preferably containing lanolin), especially if you are experiencing particularly hot, dry or cold weather, to prevent days of frustrating practice! Fortunately my chops are now back to normal.
Again, I am delighted to announce that one of my students achieved a very impressive distinction (89%) for her grade 7 MTB Trumpet exam. This is even more impressive when you acknowledge that she is only 11 years old! Congratulations to her...a phenomenal and well-deserved result!
I am incredibly excited about collecting my finished Eclipse Enigma trumpet tomorrow from the factory. This is a .460 bore B-flat trumpet with an interchangeable leadpipe system, nickel leadpipe and outer slides, stainless valves, and medium yellow bell. Demonstration videos to follow...
I am delighted that two of my students, who both have only had online lessons, have had exam success. One girl in Saudi Arabia has been awarded both grades one and two (both distinction) on trombone and a young lad here in the UK has managed to achieve his grade one with merit. It just goes to show that online lessons are just as successful as face-to-face!
Summer term availability
With the weather looking eventually as if it may be improving, I shall be entering the summer term with a little availability during the term time week (and a little, although not much, at the weekends too).
Brass Band residential weekend - Higham Hall
Due to covid-19 and the resulting lockdown it was a real shame, but fully understandable, that the brass band residential weekend at Higham Hall could not go ahead in February.
I am delighted however to announce that this year's course has been rescheduled to later in the year and next year's course has also been confirmed. The dates for both courses are Friday 29th-Sunday 31st October 2021 and Friday 18th February to Sunday 20th February 2022.
I will be joined by two fabulous tutors, international Euphonium soloist David Thornton and professional freelance tuba player Andy Kershaw. If you are interested in a relaxed and rewarding weekend of brass band playing in one of the most beautiful places in the UK, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
MTB exam success!
I have several students recently achieve merits and distinctions for their MTB (Music Teachers' Board) exams including a grade 2 candidate who was awarded 93%! Very well done to all of them.