Wednesday, 17 June 2020

YouTube

YouTube- The good and the bad

I often tell a student to listen to a recording on spotify and failing that YouTube. Often the student fails to see a piece as an organic whole, and by listening to performances they can hear it more clearly.  I stand by my often cited statement that if you can't sing it you'll never be able to play it. I'm not talking about operatic singing but the ability to sing the piece in your head so you can see it's progression. Often, however, my students are obsessed with the speed of YouTube performances and feel if they can't match their speed that they are somewhat failing. I try to assure them that those people are performing for YouTube rather than an examiner and this is entirely different. I have students who play so fast that practically 10% of the piece is wrong notes but they refuse to slow down. Telling them that slower but accurate is way better than fast and inaccurate doesn't always seem to work.


Saturday, 13 June 2020

Coming out of Lock down

Being a freelance musician, I was absolutely terrified about the schools closing and everything being 'locked down' like everyone else I hoped it wouldn't last too long.

Initially I was very upset and disheartened when I realised how many of my students had declined Zoom lessons. My teaching schedule took a huge blow and I was obsessed with my decreased numbers. Overtime  however, I have realised that it really hasn't done any harm and it has clearly shown me which of my pupils are most devoted to their music making.

Since starting exclusively online  teaching I have become so used to the format and now find this method of teaching very enjoyable. When one of my non-zoom parents asked when I could begin 1:1 teaching again I felt rather confused. I was disappointed that this student hadn't entertained the notion of remote lessons but on the other hand they were keen to resume their former lessons.

My music studio is small (basically a tiny shed-like outhouse) and it is only just possible to keep a 2 metre distance. Teaching with social distancing in place involves me having to leave the room in order for my student to enter, and me having to literally have my back against the wall! I can't help wondering if it's really worth it to accommodate this student. Should I not continue distance teaching until life is slightly more stable?




Friday, 29 May 2020

Recorder Consort

My complete infatuation with the recorder continues! I'm hoping to find some like minded recorder enthusiasts who would like to start a wonderful recorder consort with me. I'm hoping to do some concerts around the UK. I'm based in Milton Keynes but am happy to travel for rehearsals if necessary. I would like to include a large range of repertoire from Renaissance and Baroque and including C21st.  Anyone interested?  

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Online lessons rock!!!

We are so fortunate to have such amazing technology which allows us to conduct remote lessons! They are incredible and so beneficial.  My students have fully applied themselves to this new method and are doing brilliantly! They haven't let it put them off their goals and are completely focussed and motivated.

I've decided to spread my musical enthusiasm further afield and am now available worldwide with lessonface
https://www.lessonface.com/FrancesThornton

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Online lessons!

Get in touch and try out my online lessons. You will be surprised how great they are. It's the perfect way to learn!


Friday, 27 March 2020

Don't be afraid of Online lesson!

It's all new and at times a little terrifying but I can promise you online lessons are great! Teachers are working twice as hard to make sure it's a really fun. educational, progressive experience! My students are loving it and are working so well and with increased enthusiasm in these unusual circumstances! Embrace the unknown and give it a go!