INFORMATION PAGE FOR CATHERINE'S STUDENTS
Term Dates and Fees
First half term starts Monday 6th September
October Half Term (No lessons this week)
Monday 25th October - Friday 29th October
Second half term starts Monday 1st November
and ends for Christmas Friday 17th December
30 Minute Lessons
45 Minute Lesssons
(6/9/21 - 17/12/21)
30 Minute Lessons
45 Minute Lesssons
First Half Term
(6/9/21 - 22/10/21)
As many of you are aware, we are continuing lessons online up until the October half term, when we shall review the situation.
As much as we'd love to welcome you all back (and meet some of you face to face for the first time!) we can't ignore the data and predictions for autumn and winter - we want to do everything we can to keep our students and family safe.
Thank you for your understanding.
Online Lessons Success
We've found many benefits of online lessons, and we thought we'd share a few with you:
- Students are independent learners
As they can't rely on us for things like pointing where they are on the music, or writing things down for them, students have taken on more musical responsibilities, which has in turn benefited their progression both in lessons and in their independent practice.
- Improved levels of focus
As students are in their own environments, there's nothing new and different around them to distract them, so their focus is on the task at hand.
- Convenient and time-saving
Through this past year, several students have moved away from the area or have been to visit friends and family. Either by taking a keyboard with them, or using a piano where they're staying, these students have been able to continue their lessons with no interruptions to their musical progresson.
Many students and their families have also commented on how useful it is to not have to drive to lessons and factor in journey time to their busy schedules. There's also no waiting around in cars with fidgety siblings!
- Just as productive as face to face lessons
Some people were doubtful that they would learn as much in online lessons as they did in face to face lessons, but we've seen the absolute opposite with many students, with certain students' musical knowledge and abilities coming on leaps and bounds in the past year.
Whether it's to do with being comfortable in their home environment, or enjoying the independence they have with their learning, we've seen many students flourish and achieve things they never thought possible.
Our first student to take a digital grade exam was awarded a Merit for Grade 5, proving that online learning can be just as successful as face to face!
Christmas with Greenside Music
Yes, it's only September and we're talking about Christmas (sorry!) but we know that many of our students love the idea of performing festive favourites to friends and family at Christmas.
The earlier a student starts learning a Christmas piece, the more polished their playing will be for the big day, and they will be more confident when they sit down to play to their aunts, uncles, grandparents, children, and grandchildren (we teach a range of ages!) excited to show everyone what they've been learning.
After the success of our Musical Advent Calender last Christmas (watch it here), we're planning something along the same lines this year, which gives students another reason to start learning Christmas pieces now!
As only a handful of our students will have a solo performance in the Musical Advent Calendar, those who are asked to take part are given a special opportunity to help spread Christmas cheer to the friends and families of Greenside Musicians all over the world.
Students are selected on their dedication, motivation, and enthusiasm (not just their musical ability) in order to showcase all ages and abilities of Greenside Music students.