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Learning music gives your brain a full-body workout!

This fantastic video, How playing an instrument benefits your brain, shows just how much music strengthens and develops your brain! This is one of the reasons I am so excited to share Kinderflute with children here in Brighton– it really encourages children to learn with all the areas of their brain through reading music, listening, playing and developing fine motor skills.

@ St Ann’s Well Spring Festival!

We had a fantastic time at the St Ann’s Well Spring Festival yesterday! Lots of eager children, and some very musical babies, came to our lovely little spot under the butterfly tree to try out our flutes and to have a go at music note fishing. Thank you to all the families who came by to say hello! There are now only a couple places left in the Kinderflute Half-Term Course so please contact me today to register your child for a week of flute fun!

Kinderflute @ May Half-Term

Kids love Kinderflute! What better way to introduce your child to music than through games, music and active learning? Join me this May half-term from May 29th to June 2nd at the Loft at Little Dippers on Upper Gardner Street. Each class is 45-minutes in length from 2:45-3:30 and includes the use of a Nuvo TooT flute and Pneumo Pro to use for the duration of the course. The course is only £25 for 5 lessons (regular fee: £45) and includes one free individual lesson. Visit the Kinderflute page for more info!

“It’s the achieving that’s the fun!”

I was watching this year’s first episode of Gardener’s World on Friday and especially enjoyed Carol Klein’s interview with legendary gardener Beth Chatto. One line in particular really stood out for me. Beth, who is now 94, said, “It’s the achieving that’s the fun, not the achievement. I can’t get up in the morning and feel a lot better because I’ve got an O.B.E.” To which Carol continued, “But you can get up and feel better when you see your garden?” “Absolutely!” Beth replied. I couldn’t agree with Beth more. If we, as musicians, focus really intently on the achieving then maybe we too might win an O.B.E., but ultimately it is making all that beautiful music in the first place that is worth so much more. So, play on and keep achieving!

Fun and colourful technique bags

Just finished making some fun technique bags for two of my students who will be taking ABRSM exams later this year! Each bag has colour-coded note cards for each of the scales and arpeggios the students need to know, as well has 36 different ways expressively practise them!

Kinderflute 2017

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Two Kathys: Kathy Blocki and me!

Just got back from an amazing week in the Netherlands where I attended Kathy Blocki’s fantastic KinderfluteTM 2017 teacher training course. So many inspiring ideas to bring home to my students! Keep an eye out on my website for upcoming KinderfluteTM intro classes I’ll be organising and leading for children aged 4 and up in Brighton!

Congrats!

Congratulations are due to mother and daughter flutists, Tina and Eryn, for successfully completing their first ABRSM exam! They both passed with flying colours and played brilliantly at the Winter Recital. Congrats to Rona as well! Rona successfully completed her Grade 3 ABRSM exam and is currently working towards preparing for her Grade 4 exam! I am one proud teacher 🙂

Happy New Year!

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What fun we all had at our Winter Recital! Little Baby was very well behaved, except when she tried to steal the chocolate bars I had ready for our performers…. during a performance! Thank you Heather for being very understanding and for cheerfully starting our “Away in a Manger” duet again! Well done to everyone for the excellent performances you practised so hard for. You all played so professionally! We also raised almost £30 for Cardiac Risk in the Young. Thank you and all the best in 2017!

Way to go Kate!

Belated (but much deserved) congratulations are due to Kate who completed her ABRSM Grade 5 exam last December just before my little one was born. Kate worked very hard indeed and her efforts landed her a much deserved Distinction!

Kate performing at the 2015 Christmas Recital

Kate performing at the 2015 Christmas Recital

Yay Rona!

A very big congratulations to Rona for completing her very first ABRSM exam and for being awarded a Distinction for all of her hard work!

Rona performing at the 2015 Christmas Recital

Rona performing at the 2015 Christmas Recital