Happy New Year!

2020 has started with a bang at Saltaire Music Tuition! It has been wonderful to see all exsisiting students again after the Christmas break and I am delighted to welcome several new students having instrumental tuition and taking part in inclusive music making, ‘Be in a Band’ and ‘Tiny Finger Takeoff’ sessions.


Phenomenally Progressing Pianists and Clever Clarinettisits!

It has been wonderful to see piano students who were absolute beginners in September 2019 flourish as we move into 2020! Students are developing their skills at a fantastic rate through effective practice and enthusiasm to explore new repertoire and technique. Beginner pianists are now exploring a range of pieces which alternate the left and right hand or combine both hands together. They are adding expression to pieces through articulation and dynamics and they are developing ensemble performing skills by exploring duets. They are also enjoying developing their finger dexterity, hand postion, fingering skills and music theory through scales using both hands independantly and together. I am also delighted that some students have expressed an interest in taking exams on piano and this half term these students have started working on exercises and pieces from the LCM (London College of Music) Pre prep and Step 1 syllabus.

Clarinet lessons have been focussing on developing a greater range through the introduction of lower register notes. We continue to develop breathing technique, intonation, embouchure, articulation and dynamics exploring a wide range of repertoire including solo pieces and duets.


‘Be In A Band’, ‘Tiny Finger Takeoff’ and ‘Dynamic Directors’.

Saltarie Music Tuition prides itself in offering a range of musical opportunities to suit all interests, ages and abilities.

‘Dynamic Directors’ is a friendly music group for children aged between 5 and 9 who are home educated. This half term ‘Dynamic Directors’ have been developing their ukulele skills with an emphasis on ensemble performing, piano ability using the correct hand positioning and fingering and music theory understanding focussing on rhythm using fun card games and activities.


‘Tiny Finger Takeoff’ is an especially designed programme that introduces early musical concepts to younger learners with a view to preparing them for piano lessons as they grow older. This half term pre-schoolers on the ‘Tiny Finger Takeoff’ programme have enjoyed singing and parachute play to develop internalisation of pitch. They have listened to and played along to music to develop a sense of pulse and rhythm and explored concepts such as high/low, loud/soft, long/short and fast/slow using famous music based on animals, singing, parachute play, playdough, the piano and drum kit! We have explored piano geography through ‘dogs and frogs’, ‘keyboard builder’ card games and exploration of the musical alphabet using duplo. We have also ambitiously prepared some younger learners for reading music notation through colour coded letter cards and desk bells!


‘Be in a Band’ is a group designed for those aged 8+ who want to develop their ensemble performing skills through singing, piano/keyboard, ukulele or the drum kit. This half term we have learnt to perform ‘Shotgun’ by George Ezra and are currently learning ‘High Hopes’ by Panic at the Disco


Music Making for All

Inclusive music making sessions this half term have developed a range of performing and composing skills. Students have used ukulele, percussion and singing to create their own arrangement of ‘It’s Raining, It’s Pouring’, recording each part individually on Garageband software to create an ensemble performance. Students have also enjoyed performing famous tunes on the desk bells and composing their own music using colour coded cards that match the pitches of each bell.

It doesn’t matter how we create music, it is just about making music and having fun!

I have really enjoyed providing a further 2 sessions of inclusive music making for the charity SNAPS Yorkshire (Special Needs and Parent Support), www.snapsyorkshire.org. The children and young people enjoyed a range of inclusive music making activites that included singing supported by parachute play, developing ukulele skills with help from parents/carers and siblings as part of the ‘Bring a Buddy’ ukulele band, learning about high/low, fast/slow and short/long whilst exploring Camille Saint-Saens ‘Carnival of the Animals’ and performing favourite tunes on the desk bells.


Celebrating success

Well done to Seren and Danny who both recently completed their 30 piece challenge. They both worked incredibly hard to perform a range of pieces either using 2 hands together or each hand individually with fluency, accuracy and confidence. Both students will now be developing their piano skills further by expanding their repertoire of pieces that use both hands simultaniously along side developing expression in their performances through constrasting articulation and dynamics.

This half term several students have also been working on the ‘Pentascale challenge’ which encourages students to learn and perform all major pentascales using each hand individually and both hands together. This supports the development of excellent finger technique, fluency, effective hand positioning alongside exploring differnet key signatures and sharps/flats. Well done to Benjamin, Alec and Danny who have completed level 1 of the challenge (all major pentascales), next stop minor pentascales!

It is always wonderful to hear that students are music making outside of their Saltaire Music Tuition lessons/sessions. I had the great pleasure of watching the ‘Be in a Band’ students sing with their school (and about 4000 other children!!) at Young Voices at Sheffield Arena in January, www.youngvoices.co.uk to find out more. Also a huge well done to Hashim (Dynamic Directors) for his role singing in a pantomine performance earlier in the term. What an amazing experience for all students involved in these performances and well done for having the commitment and confidence to get involved!


Next Half Term: Spring Celebration and SNAPS.

What an amazing start to 2020, so proud of the leaps and bounds in progress students are making! What a truely wonderful job I have! I am delighted that students will be showcasing their talent, hard work and exceptional progress at the next Saltaire Music Tuition concert ‘Spring Celebration’ on Saturday 14th March. Email sarah@saltairemusictuition.co.uk for tickets or further infomation.

As the next half term draws to a close I am delighted to be providing another inclusive music making session at SNAPS (www.snapsyorkshire.org).


Want to Join Us?

Looking for outstanding and exciting lessons on clarinet or piano, music theory lessons, GCSE Music Tuition or inclusive music making session. Don’t delay, limited day time and after school slots available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Email sarah@saltairemusictuition.co.uk.

*Not local or limited availability? Lessons are also available via the online learning platform Showbie (enquire within for further information).

Fantastic Feedback!

Saltaire Music Tuition strives to provide exceptionally high quality music tuition and Sarah@ Saltaire Music Tuition is always looking for feedback and suggestions from students and parents about what is working well in lessons and things they would like to see more of in music lessons/sessions.

Here are some of the comments from parents/children who are attending music lessons/sessions with Saltaire Music Tuition:

 ‘Sarah is really positive and patient and encourages the children so much’. Seren is really enjoying her lessons. Thanks for your patience and enthusiasm’. (Parent of Seren having beginner piano lessons).

‘Sarah is very good at explaining each note with visual and hands on learning which is great for Dylan’ (Parent of Dylan having beginner piano lessons).



‘Both our children are making excellent progress’.
(Parent of Lana and Sonny having beginner piano lessons).

‘Sarah, you’ve been absolutely brilliant with Sam! He really enjoys coming to lessons and it’s fantastic the way that you use lots of different techniques to keep him engaged during the lessons.’ (Parent of Sam having beginner piano lessons).


‘Danny has made fantastic progress in a few short weeks with Sarah. He has started to read music and show a great confidence he didn’t have before. He has responded really well to Sarah’s teaching style, with the lessons broken up into bite size activities’.

(Parent of Danny having beginner piano lessons).

[Edwin enjoys…] ’The variey of things he gets to do in even just one lesson! It really keeps him interested and engaged. He likes trying out different instruments too’. (Parent of Edwin Mini Musicians/ ‘Tiny Finger Take Off’ lessons).


[Hashim and Amina enjoy the]…’variety during the lesson. Lessons are fun and enjoyable through games!’ (Parent of Hashim/Amina Dynamic Directors home education group).


Phoenix has loved having the opportunity to do music. He is very musical and it’s great to have someone to support the development of this. Sessions are lovely and calm and supportive of each child’s individual needs. Thank you!

Parent of Phoenix who attends inclusive music making sessions at SNAPS (Pennyfield). www.snapsyorkshire.org

‘Both children love the music sessions-thank you so much for doing them’.
(Parent who’s children attend inclusive music making sessions at SNAPS (Pennyfield).
www.snapsyorkshire.org

[sessions are] ‘Very interactive and well adapted to the children that are here’ (Jen Evans-Assistant Manager SNAPS Pennyfield). www.snapsyorkshire.org

Christmas Cheer!

So many exciting Saltaire Music Tuition achievements to report this half term. Here are some of the highlights of Autumn Term 2!


The more the merrier…

We are delighted to welcome 4 new students to Saltaire Music Tuition learning piano and taking part in pre-school music classes this half term. I am excited to be nurturing the talent of these new students in 2020 along with 10 existing students making fantastic progress in their piano, clarinet and inclusive music making lessons! I have also absolutely loved seeing the Dynamic Directors home education group explore their musical understanding and grow in confidence developing their performing ability this half term and am looking forward to building on these skills in the new year!


Phenomenally progressing pianists and clever clarinettists!

Piano students have made huge amounts of progress this half term through an enthusiastic approach to learning in lessons and commitment to practice at home. Beginner pianists are now moving from playing pieces with each hand independently to playing with 2 hands together continuing to work on excellent technique with hand position and fingering.


Students are widening their repertoire exploring pieces with a greater range of notes and hand positions. They are also learning to play expressively and musically using dynamics, articulation and phrasing. We have developed ensemble performing skills as part of a duet or trio and enjoyed learning to play festive pieces for the first Saltaire Music Tuition Christmas concert.

Clarinet lessons continue to develop instrumental control by consolidating breathing technique, intonation, fingering, embouchure, articulation and dynamics. We have enjoyed performing a range of repertoire accurately, fluently, expressively and with musicality including duets and famous classical pieces!


Developing Dynamic Directors!

‘Dynamics Directors’ have made huge leaps in their musical understanding and confidence performing this half term. They are now singing with excellent projection, strumming the ukulele with a greater sense of timing and learning about rhythm using movement and percussion.


Brilliant boomwhackers and bells!

This half term students have been using Boomwhackers and Bells to develop their understanding of pulse, rhythm and pitch. We also continue to make theory fun using fun card/board games and the Note Rush app on the Ipad!


Music making for all…

Inclusive music making sessions have developed a range of composition techniques using keyboard/piano, percussion and boomwhackers. We have enjoyed creating programme music (music that tells a story) and a piece in ternary form (ABA structure where the first and last section are the same and a contrasting section is added in the middle!).

Saltaire Music Tuition has provided 2 more inclusive music making sessions for the charity SNAPS (Special Needs and Parent Support) in Leeds (visit www.snapsyorkshire.org for more information). The super talented children and young people at SNAPS enjoyed learning about the elements of music through singing and playing percussion. This half term we also launched the SNAPS ‘bring a buddy’ ukulele band which provided children with the opportunity to strum tunes with their siblings/carers and parents changing the chords for them! Our December inclusive music making session had a festive theme involving singing and playing along to our favourite Christmas tunes using percussion and bells.


Celebrating Success!

Well done to Adam and Lana who completed the 30 piece challenge this half term. Both students have worked hard to learn a number of piano pieces using each hand independently playing with excellent hand shape, the correct fingering, accuracy of rhythm and pitch as well as fluency.

We are also super proud of Hashim who earnt his Blue Peter Music badge this half term. Hashim attends the Dynamic Directors home education group and enjoys playing the ukulele and singing!


Christmas Cheer!

On Sunday 15th December we held our ‘Christmas Cheer’ concert. I am so proud of the student performances which were incredibly confident and fearless! Those involved demonstrated so many of their excellent musical skills and fantastic progress since starting their music lessons with Saltaire Music Tuition- Well done to all those involved!


Never stop learning…

This half term has also provided Sarah @Saltaire Music Tuition with some fantastic opportunities as a musician and teacher! As well as performing on piano with many Saltaire Music Tuition students in the ‘Christmas Cheer’ concert I also enjoyed the opportunity to perform with Saltaire Music Tuition junior in a concert organised by Skipton piano, guitar and singing teacher.


In my spare time I also enjoy singing with The Great Yorkshire Chorus in Saltaire. On the 20th December I enjoyed an amazing evening singing with this fantastic choir at the recently refurbished St George’s Hall in Bradford as part of the Great Yorkshire Christmas concert. I also enjoyed supporting BBC Music Day as part of The Great Yorkshire Chorus providing a fun and entertaining set with Backchat Brass at the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds.

As always there are so many new things to learn about music teaching and the students I teach and I was fortunate to attend a training course at Feversham Primary School in Bradford in November. Feversham Primary made the national news recently as it’s inspirational headteacher Naveed Idrees decided to include 3 hours a week of Music in the curriculum for all students. This has impacted on progress in English and Maths and subsequently the school has been upgraded to Outstanding by Ofsted following a previous inadequate grading. The incredible music teacher at Feversham primary provided an enlightening training session about how the Kodaly method of musical learning can be used to develop exceptional aural musicianship with a wide range of students. The course also covered teaching ideas on how movement can be combined with singing to teach pulse and rhythm. I have so many new ideas to try with all of my students which is really exciting!


Finally, I attended a really useful course by Amaze Autism about understanding Autism. One of the core values of Saltaire Music Tuition is inclusive music making and I work with a number of students who have or are awaiting an Autism diagnosis. The course provided a number of useful strategies on how to support the learning of students who have been or will be diagnosed with Autism.


Next Half term: New students, Be in a Band, SNAPS, Tiny Finger Takeoff and online learning!

It has been an absolute pleasure teaching the wide range of Saltaire Music Tuition students this half term. All instruments, ages and abilities are making huge amounts of progress, lessons are approached with excitement and enthusiasm and learning is consolidated at home through commitment to practice. I can’t wait to continue teaching all of these fantastic students in 2020!

I hope to welcome many new students next half term through the new ‘Be in Band’ after school session (FREE 30 minute trial 9th January 4.30-5.15, suitable for age 8+, please email sarah@saltairemusictuition.co.uk to book a place).

I am also looking forward to launching the ‘Tiny Finger Takeoff’ pre-school piano program (email sarah@saltairemusictuition.co.uk for more information).

Lessons are also available via the online learning platform Showbie (enquire within for further information).


Finally, I am really looking forward to providing more inclusive music making sessions for SNAPS next half term and I am hoping to organise a Spring concert for Saltaire Music Tuition students to work towards and provide them with another opportunity to showcase their fantastic skills.


Want to join us?

Looking for outstanding and exciting lessons on clarinet or piano, music theory lessons, GCSE Music Tuition or inclusive music making sessions. Don’t delay, limited day time and after school slots available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Email sarah@saltairemusictuition.co.uk

Wow! What a fab half term!

Wow!! What an exciting first half term at Saltaire Music Tuition. Here are some of the highlights of Autumn Term 1!


Welcome new students…

We have welcomed 10 new talented and enthusiastic students to Saltaire Music Tuition; adults, teenagers and children as young as 4 learning clarinet, piano or taking part in inclusive music making sessions. We also absolutely love the new ‘Dynamic Directors’ group that develops the musical skills of children age 5-8 who are home educated.


Piano Pros…

Our beginner piano students have made huge amounts of progress through determination, hard work and practice. Complete beginners now know how to find notes on the piano using ‘Dogs and Frogs’, how to use the C hand position in both hands with the correct fingering and students have also been working on developing superb ‘bridge’ hand shapes perfect to home a mouse!
Piano students have learnt a wide range of pieces using the notes C-G and beyond, using the right hand, left hand or both. They have started to add expression to their performances using dynamics, articulation and phrasing. They have also learnt to perform as part of a duet of small group.


Clever clarinettists…

Beginner clarinet lessons have covered the notes G (below middle C) to A (above middle C), using the correct mouth position for effective articulation and developing successful breathing techniques for phrasing and dynamic contrast. We have also enjoyed playing duets


Delightful Dynamic Directors…

‘Dynamic Directors’ have learnt to perform songs as a round, played some basic chords on ukulele, developed their sense of pulse and expanded their understanding of the musical alphabet and how to find these notes on the piano


Theory is fun. Yes, it really is!

Students of all ages have enjoyed using the giant stave to learn the notes of the treble and bass clef and duplo to understand note lengths and the musical alphabet. We have enjoyed consolidating our understanding of pitch, rhythm, dynamics and tempo using fun card and board games!


Music making for all…

Inclusive music making sessions have developed performing skills on the piano and drum kit and we have used GarageBand for iPad to record our work. We have enjoyed composing and improvising using the piano, GarageBand and percussion.
Saltaire Music Tuition has also provided an inclusive music making session for the charity SNAPS (Special Needs and Parent Support) in Leeds (visit www.snapsyorkshire.org for more information). The children and young people at SNAPS enjoyed singing songs based on our theme weather and we created our own weather music using piano, percussion and talking tiles!


Celebrating Success!

Well done to Sonny who completed the 30 piece challenge and Benjamin who completed the 40 piece challenge this half term. Both students were piano beginners at the beginning of the half term and have blown me away with their quick learning, commitment to practice and exceptional piano skills in such a short space of time. A number of other Saltaire Music Tuition students are very close to completing their 30 piece challenge next half term and some students are flying through their 50 days of practice challenge!


Next half term: new students, Mini Musicians, SNAPS and Christmas!

I have absolutely loved meeting lots of new students and parents this half term! I have been super impressed with the progress, enthusiasm and commitment to practice that has been demonstrated and I am already looking forward to more of this after half term! I hope to welcome many new students next half term including some younger children as part of the ‘Mini Musicians’ pre school music class (free 30 minute trial Friday 8th Nov 10am, please email sarah@saltairemusictuition.co.uk to book a place). I am really looking forward to providing more inclusive music making sessions for SNAPS next half term and Saltaire Music Tuition students will be working towards our Christmas Concert on 15th December (tickets available from sarah@saltairemusictuition.co.uk).


Want to join us?

Looking for outstanding and exciting lessons on clarinet or piano, music theory lessons, GCSE Music Tuition or inclusive music making sessions. Don’t delay, limited day time and after school slots available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Email sarah@saltairemusictuition.co.uk.