Newsletter - September 2018


We hope you all enjoyed a break over the summer and we would like to welcome you all to a new academic year at the Music School.

As usual there are plenty of plans for the new term and beyond and we would like to keep you informed of all the important dates and events coming up.  

Please see all term dates for the rest of this academic year below. 
Exam Success!
Before the summer break, we had a number of exam sessions for Keyboard, Piano, Guitar and Vocal students, taking exams with Rock School and Trinity college. We are pleased to report that all students passed their exams and we are extremely proud of their achievements. Well done all! 
Forthcoming Exam Sessions
Later this term, there will be an opportunity to take Rock School exams for students on Yamaha Courses and also our vocalists. These exams will take place at the Music School at the end of November or early December. The closing date for entries is Monday 1st October and we would ask that all forms and payments are returned to us by Wednesday 26th September, in order for us to complete the entries in time. 

Piano & Keyboard Exams taken with Trinity college will take place at the exam centre in Stone, during the week commencing 10th December. All forms and payments for these exams should be with us by Wednesday 17th October

A separate exam letter will be handed out to those students currently working towards exams. 

New Classes
Throughout September, we have free taster lessons available for group keyboard, guitar and vocal courses. 
From October we will have new classes for beginners at the following times :

Wednesday 4pm - Guitar Encounters Course (Age 7+)
Thursday 4pm - Junior Keyboard Course (Ages 5-7 years)
Thursday 6pm - Keyboard Course (Age 8+)
Saturday 9.30am/4pm  - Guitar Encounters Course (Age 7+)

If you know anyone who might be interested in starting a new class, please get in touch to book a free taster lesson. Don't forget we offer our immediate family discount if more than one family member joins the music school or when enrolled onto more than one course, making it even more affordable to enjoy music lessons. 

Adult Vocals Group
On Mondays at 6pm we have a vocals group Just for Adults! If you are looking for a new hobby or already sing and want to improve technique and confidence, you can book in for a FREE taster lesson during September. All levels are welcome, whether you have no singing lesson experience at all, or have previously worked with choirs or vocal groups, the class is a fun way to improve your vocal abilities and work towards group performances. Please get in touch for more information. 

Live Events
Our last event was our 'Live Lounge' which took place at Redrum in Crabbery Street. We heard some fantastic performances from our vocal students, led by one of our vocal teachers, Jayne, in a great live music venue. It was an incredibly hot day and a new event for us, but so far we have had some fantastic feedback from those who attended. There are a selection of performances on our You Tube channel to give you an idea of the event and we hope to arrange another 'Live Lounge' very soon. 

Christmas Tree Festival
For the last three years, we have performed during the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's Church. It is a great opportunity to view the Christmas trees on display and hear some live music in a fantastic setting. We have a 30 minute slot at 10am on Saturday 8th December, which usually gives us time for a small number of performances from our students. Please let us know if you would be interested in performing. 

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Reminders of all the important dates are included below. Please get in touch if you have any queries or questions.
Term Dates 2018-2019
Term 1
First Lesson: Monday 3rd September
Last Lesson: Saturday 22nd December

Term 2

First Lesson: Saturday 5th January
Last Lesson: Saturday 13th April

Term 3
First Lesson: Monday 29th April
Last Lesson: Friday 26th July

Dates for your diaries

  • Monday 1st October: Closing Date for Rock School Exams

  • Friday 19th October: Closing Date for Trinity Exams

  • November/December: Rock School exams at Stafford Music School

  • W/C 10th December: Trinity Exams at Stone

  • Saturday 8th December @10am:  Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's Church.

  • Sunday 10th March: Annual Concerts @ Stafford Gatehouse Theatre