Olivia
OliviaPiano Student
‘Hi, my name is Olivia. I’m 16 and I go to Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School. I’ve been learning piano since I was 7 and apart from a brief period at Grade 3, I have always been taught by Jonni.

I love learning at The Music Place; everyone is really friendly and there is a wide variety of instruments, people and ages. I also learn the French Horn at school but I prefer the atmosphere at The Music Place.

One thing I really enjoyed when I was younger was the Summer School, because I had such a good time and the performance on the last day, (whilst nerve wracking!) is such a great experience.

I started at The Music Place as a complete beginner, have recently got my Grade 7 and also did my Grade 5 theory as well. I would really like to get my Grade 8 by the time I leave school, because then I will have completed the journey I started here 9 years ago!

After A-levels I would like to study languages at university, but music will always be an important part of my life and I am glad I can take my skills with me there.

Thank you The Music Place!’

Declan
DeclanGuitar Student
‘My name is Dec, I’m 15 and I play guitar. I started learning when I was 7 and I learnt some basic classical skills which I think has been really beneficial. When I was 10 I started playing more contemporary guitar pieces and from 12 have performed regulalry in a band run by The Music Place. This experience gave me the knowledge and confidence to set up and play in bands outside The Music Place. I am lead guitarist in my own band and bassist in another run by a friend.

I started singing lessons when I was 12 so I could accompany myself on guitar and in 6 months went from having a voice like a rusty drain pipe to being competent, including singing as part of my GCSE music ensemble and earning money busking.

The teaching styles provided by The Music Place are as diverse as the people there; however, they have one thing in common. They are professional and effective. They have always adapted to whatever type of guitar and whatever style of music I wanted to learn. Also I like having guitar teachers who go on international tours.’

Madeleine
MadeleineSinging Student
‘Hi, my name is Madeleine. I’m 14 and I go to Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School. At The Music Place I have piano and singing lessons. I have been playing the piano at The Music Place for 5 years and I am currently working towards my Grade 6 exam. I also participate in Grade 5 theory lessons so that I am prepared to take my theory exam. I really enjoy my theory and piano lessons at The Music Place because everyone is very friendly and patient. I find it hard to learn new pieces as sight reading isn’t one of my strong points but we always find a way to work round that and my sight reading has improved drastically over the past few years.

I did my Grade 8 Contemporary singing exam in December and I am now currently looking to do my singing pre-diploma this winter. I really enjoy my singing lessons as we are doing really fun songs.

In the future my aim is to complete my Grade 8 piano and to get high marks in my singing pre-diploma. I am not looking for a career in music but I am keen to continue singing and playing the piano as a hobby in the future.’

Miles
MilesPiano Student
‘My name is Miles, I am 12 years old and go to Sale Grammar School. I love it at the Music Place. Saturdays have always been my favourite day of the week and music has really started to dominate and enhance my life.

I learn piano and have been doing so for just under 7 years now. I am taking my Grade 6 piano exam at Easter and I also play the sax on which I will be taking my Grade 3 exam at Christmas 2012. As well as giving me the chance to take exams, The Music Place has given me the opportunity to play keyboards in a band and regularly perform with them on stage. I love The Music Place because the teachers are really cool and are themselves performing and recording and are also very professional and focussed on teaching. They are good at learning your strengths and weaknesses so that they can improve your musicianship.

My main focus at the moment is getting my Grade 6, 7 and 8 piano exams done so that I can really get into the contemporary side of music. Now that my improvising and playing skills are getting better, I am seriously starting to consider becoming a musician when I leave school, but I suppose only time will tell.’

Paul
PaulSaxophone Student
‘Hi, my name is Paul, I am 51 years of age and started to learn the saxophone at the age of 38. I was tutored privately for the first few years. I then started to attend the Music Place Jazz Summer Schools annually. These are held at the Cinnamon Club in Bowdon. I found the courses to be enjoyable and informative. The tutors who run the courses are excellent jazz educators and have very good interpersonal skills.

Over the past 12 months I have been learning to play bass guitar and have recently joined the Thursday night jazz band which is run by Stuart McCallum. I have been in various bands over the years playing saxophone and am now presently in a band called ‘Limegreen’. I met all the members whilst attending the summer schools.

The Music Place is an excellent venue to learn music for all ages and is managed very efficiently by Lucy and Jo.’

Connie
ConniePiano Student
‘My name is Connie. I am 8 years old and go to Stamford Park Junior School. I have been at The Music Place for 2 years. I play piano and have passed my Grade 1. I am working towards my Grade 2.

I love learning with Tanah because she is kind and helpful. I also have singing lessons. I really like these because we throw balls of paper pretending they are my voice to help me sing louder. I don’t think I will take grades in singing. I just like singing songs and I really like Lois.’