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Music Academy for Schools is a new musical instrument and vocal initiative providing the very best in musical education.  Not only do we offer a wide range of instrument and vocal tuition we also provide a range of ensembles and workshops from Classical to modern including folk, rock and pop.

Learning a musical instrument is an enjoyable experience as well as motivating and challenging. Our teachers create a happy and relaxed teaching environment, that inspires the pupils to practise and enjoy learning their instrument.

Music Academy for Schools offers tuition in: Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Oboe*, Bassoon*, Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn*, Trombone, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Drum Kit, Piano, Guitar and Singing. An 'Endangered Instrument Scholarship Scheme' will be available from September for Oboe, Bassoon and French Horn pupils (please click on the link above for more details).

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* The 'Endangered Instrument Scholarship Scheme

 

Interview :

The following is an interview held between Robert Murray students, Daniel Baker. Daniel is 15 years old and has been taking lessons with Rob for over twelve months. Daniel is a member of the Academy Swing Band and Blastisimo Brass 5 and has recently left his seat as principle cornet with Gresley Youth Colliery Band, Daniel's other interest is performing stunts on his BMX!

Robs interview

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TEACHING?
I have been teaching for just over 3 years. I received a phone call regarding lessons about 2 weeks after I finished at University and have been building up my private students since. I only started teaching in schools from September 2009.

DO YOU ENJOY YOUR JOB AND IF SO WHY?
Do I enjoy it? I love it! Every day is different so I never get bored, for example Wednesdays are hectic, I start teaching at a very small primary school in Leicestershire, once I have finished the lessons I then have 20 minutes to get to another school to run the after school orchestra. I then start my private teaching for the evening and sometimes have to get home in time to teach grade five theory. Fridays are a little less busy. I start my afternoon off teaching a couple of adults, so this is very different to teaching children. After finishing my evening of teaching I then rehearse the Academy Swing band and try and get them prepared for their forthcoming concerts. I regularly drive between lessons thinking how lucky I am to love my job!

WHAT DO YOU FIND CHALLENGING ABOUT TEACHING?
Keeping the pupils interested when things get hard. Sometimes we pick up bad habits and trying to correct these habits without the pupils getting frustrated and loosing interest is hard.

WHICH PART OF TEACHING DO YOU FIND MOST REWARDING?
Most of it, when a pupil rushes into lesson to show me what they have practiced is very rewarding or when I accompany them in a concert or exam, this makes me feel very proud to be their teacher.

WHAT DO YOU THINK DANIEL'S STRENGTHS ARE?
When Daniel started lessons with me he had issues with his sight-reading, he lacked in confidence and believed he could not sight-read, this has improved immensely over the last eleven months. Daniel is an excellent ensemble player and works hard to achieve his goals; more practice on scales would be nice though!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ALL OF YOUR PUPILS?
I once read in one of my technique books "don't waste time practising things you find easy, concentrate your practice on the things you find difficult" I totally agree with this quote, I just wish I could convince all the students to do it! Effective practice is very important when learning a musical instrument, but the most important aspect is to enjoy it.

 

Daniel's Interview

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN LEARNING WITH ROB AND WAS HE YOUR FIRST TEACHER?
I have been learning trumpet with Rob since the end of January 2010. Rob is my second teacher, sadly my first teacher passed away.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO LEARN THE TRUMPET?
I used to try and play some copper pipes we had lying around in the garage so my parents thought it would be more tuneful to buy me a trumpet.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT PLAYING YOUR INSTRUMENT?
I enjoy playing all types of music written for the trumpet, but I particularly enjoy playing Big Band and Swing music. I like the technical aspects and challenge that learning the trumpet involves.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR PROGRESS IS GOING?
I really enjoying having lessons with Rob, I think it is very important that you get on with your teacher. I am not afraid to ask questions if I don't understand, so I feel my progress over the last eleven months has been good. I have found the theory work difficult as I have not done any until I was faced with grade five theory.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO BEGINNERS?
To listen to your teacher from the very beginning so that you do not create bad habits, trying to correct them is a long process!

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT YOUR LESSONS WITH ROB?
Rob makes the lessons fun, but still gets the best from you. He talks to us on an equal level so that puts us at ease and makes us feel more confident when trying new things.

 

 

 

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