How to help your child grow

Students need to understand the value of practice at home.

Each student has a practice notebook which lists the points worked on in the lesson.

Parents should read the notebook after each lesson and help their child to focus on the practice points given for scales, technical exercises and pieces.

Practice routines are vital for steady progress. If possible it is best to practice in the morning before school. This ensures your child is fresh and not tired.

It is important to establish a specific practice time each day that remains the same and is part of your childs everyday routine.

Students begin to learn to read music from the beginning in a fun supportive way.

The ability to read music, along with listening and singing is key to being able to be independent in learning new pieces.

Music reading is a vital skill for musical understanding, and a very important aspect of learning to play any music instrument.

Posture is of utmost importance when learning an instrument.

Students are encouraged to hold the violin and bow in the correct way from day one. Releasing built up tension in the hands and standing up tall is encouraged to enable the students to reach their full potential.

Younger students have a 'footprint map' to help them to stand balanced while playing.

Scales and technical exercises are an extremely important part of the lesson and practice  regime at home.

Students are encouraged to think about their INTONATION (Playing in 'tune'), SOUND QUALITY, and discovering how to make a better sound.

Students learn about theoretical aspects of music through fun and easy to use workbooks.

Memorisation skills are developed from day one, with students encouraged to memorise music.