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!’
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.’
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.’
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.’
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.’
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.’