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Christmas Holidays

posted 4 Dec 2019, 07:41 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 4 Dec 2019, 07:42 ]

Hello Everyone

I'm planning to stop teaching for Christmas after lessons finish on Saturday 21st November.

I will be running a Theory Kickstarter course on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th January

Regular lessons will re-start on Monday 6th January.

I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas.


Exam congratulations

posted 2 Dec 2019, 11:36 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 4 Dec 2019, 07:38 ]

Congratulations to all this term's exam takers.  You have all worked incredibly hard and I am very proud of all of you.

Oliver - Grade 3 singing with Merit
William - Grade 5 singing
Simran and Tara - Grade 5 theory
Emily - Grade 5 singing with Merit
Daisy - Grade 6 singing with Distinction
Alice - Grade 8 singing
Megan - Grade 8 flute with Merit
Catherine - ARSM recorder with Merit.

In memory of Ron Brough

posted 25 Nov 2019, 11:38 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 25 Nov 2019, 11:38 ]

My Dad.

Copies of the order of service and the tribute to him, for the people who couldn't make it to the funeral.

With much love

Catherine

Half Term

posted 6 Oct 2019, 09:49 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 6 Oct 2019, 09:49 ]

Dear Everyone

Just to let you know my half term plans:

I shall be available for lessons as normal up until Friday 25th October.

On Saturday 26th October, I won't be available for lessons at the normal times, as this is the first day of the intensive theory revision course. I may be able to fit in an early lesson beforehand, or to change to another day in the week before. Please contact me to sort out alternative arrangements.

From Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November I will not be available.

On Saturday 2nd November, and from Monday 4th November onwards, I will be available as normal.

Best wishes

Catherine

Lesson slots are filling fast

posted 29 Aug 2019, 09:25 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 29 Aug 2019, 09:26 ]

Hello everyone

Just to update you on slot availability for this term:

Slots are beginning to fill quite quickly now. If you have a particular time limitation, please let me know as soon as possible, before anyone else nabs your space! The hours I'm teaching are listed below, and there are some (but not always very many) slots left on most days. At the end of Saturday, I shall be opening up all remaining slots for new bookings.

Mondays 4.30pm to 8.30 pm
Tuesdays 4.30pm to 8.30 pm
Wednesdays 3pm to 7pm
Thursdays 2pm to 8.30pm
Fridays 4.30pm to 7pm
Saturdays 9am to 1pm

If
you would like a lesson this coming week, please can you let me know as soon as possible.

Also, if you would like to take part in this weekend's theory kickstarter course, which runs from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm on 1st and 2nd September, please let me know by the end of Saturday (31st August). The course fee is £130 per person.

Best wishes

Catherine

New Term, Welcome Back!

posted 18 Aug 2019, 11:25 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 18 Aug 2019, 11:26 ]

Dear everyone

I hope you've had a lovely Summer, and are relaxed and refreshed, and ready for the new School Year.

New term and new timetable

I will be available for regular lessons from Monday 2nd September, although I know some people won't want to re-start quite that early. 

If you would like a lesson in the first week of term, please let me know.

This year I'm planning to offer the following hours:

Mondays  4.30pm to 8.30 pm

Tuesdays 4.30pm to 8.30 pm

Wednesdays 3pm to 7pm

Thursdays 2pm to 8.30pm

Fridays 4.30pm to 7pm

Saturdays 9am to 1pm

Please can you let me know your day/time preferences, and also please let me know any days/times you ABSOLUTELY CAN'T do.  I will try to fit everyone in as best I can, and this is easier if people can be flexible with their days and times.

I also know that some people won't know their times for a couple of weeks, so we may have to do a bit of swapping and juggling, but with a bit of patience and goodwill, we'll get there somehow.

Cancellations

Just taking this opportunity to reiterate that all time booked must be paid for.  If you aren't coming, please let me know - I may be able to reschedule you, and/or the time you have vacated may be just the one to resolve someone else's fixture clash.  If you don't let me know, that's time I can't use for a reschedule or an ad-hoc lesson, and the time spent on preparation work has been wasted.

New projects for the new year

I am going to be offering a couple of new projects from September:

1.  Following the success of the Intensive Grade 5 Theory Course trial runs this term, I shall be offering two weekend courses as follows:

·         Grade 5 Theory Kickstarter course on 1st and 2nd September (Sunday and Monday) for those who haven't studied much formal theory before but need to get up to speed for Grade 5 Theory this term, or for those who would like an extra top-up of study in addition to the work they've done over the last terms.

·         Grade 5 Theory Revision course on 2nd and 3rd November which will be a very focused revision weekend just prior to the exam on Wednesday 6th November at 5pm.  This course is NOT suitable for those who have not studied any theory before.

Each two-day course will cost £130 per person, and students are welcome to enrol for either or both courses.  Exam entry, if you'd like me to process it, will cost £38 in addition to the course fees, and the exam deadline is 27th September.

2.  I will be offering a weekly Grade 8 Aural Session on Saturday mornings from 7th September.  This will run for half an hour from 11.30am to 12noon, and the fee will be £10 per person per session.

Fee review

As always, the start of the new school year is the time I review my charges for the coming year.  I'm afraid that I can't avoid an increase this year, so my charges from 1st September will be:

30 minutes £22.00 pay as you go or £198.00 for a prepaid batch of 10 lessons

45 minutes £31.00 pay as you go or £279.00 for a prepaid batch of 10 lessons

60 minutes £40.00 pay as you go or £360.00 for a prepaid batch of 10 lessons.

If you have lessons left from an old batch, these will be used up before a new batch starts.  Please get in touch to confirm how many lessons you have left to carry over.

Exams next term

If you are interested in doing an exam next term, please let me know.  Hopefully there will be a visit at Sarah Price's in late November or early December, if there are enough candidates to make it viable.  Otherwise the main run of exams will be from 4th November to 7th December, and as usual I won't be able to predict which day will be ours.

The deadline for exam entries is 27th September.  All fees must be paid by then or entries won't be processed.

And finally, the usual housekeeping bits....

Please can you make sure I have an up-to-date phone number for you in case of emergencies (mobile or landline is fine).

Also, please can you take care parking when you come here.  If there are cars already parked at the end of the close, please park neatly next to them, and please don't block anyone else's driveway.  If there is absolutely no parking available in Moorfields Close or Green Lane, then the Truss's Island car park is only a short walk away.

Best wishes,

Catherine.

Exam Congratulations

posted 12 Jul 2019, 07:23 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 1 Aug 2019, 10:43 ]

Another super set of results this term:

Daisy - Grade 5 Theory with Distinction
Julia - Grade 5 Singing
Jemima - Grade 4 Singing with Distinction
Kaitlyn - Grade 4 Pop Vocals with Merit
Georgia - Grade 3 Singing with Merit
Hana - Grade 3 Pop Vocals with Merit
Josh - Grade 2 Singing with Merit
Lucy - Grade 1 Singing with Merit
Neilay - Grade 1 Singing 
Naavya - Singing Prep Test
Neha - Flute Prep Test


End of this term and the beginning of next term

posted 30 Jun 2019, 10:19 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 30 Jun 2019, 10:20 ]

Dear everyone

Just a quick note regarding the end of this term, and looking forward to the beginning of next term.

The next few days' availability

Due to a hair-raising mix of exams, concerts and funerals, I shall be unavailable on the following days:

Wednesday 3rd July

Friday 5th July

Monday 8th July

Tuesday 9th July

If you were expecting to see me on any of those days, and have not yet arranged a rescheduled time, please contact me urgently.

All other days of the next two weeks, I am available at the usual times.

End of term

I shall be teaching up to, and including, Saturday 20th July.  After that, I shall be on holiday until Monday 2nd September.  I may be able to answer e-mails or texts during that time, albeit not necessarily as promptly as usual.

Several people will have unused lessons in their current batch to carry over to the new term.  If you're not certain how many lessons you have left, please contact me.

New term and new school year

As I mentioned, I will be available for lessons from Monday 2nd September, although I know some people won't want to re-start quite that early.  I will be e-mailing everyone to obtain their timetable preferences at that point, and, as usual, I'm sure there will be a couple of weeks' juggling to get everyone into a workable slot.  The more flexible and patient you can be during that juggle, the easier it will be for everyone.

I'm planning to offer the following hours next term:

Mondays  4.30pm to 8.30 pm

Tuesdays 4.30pm to 8.30 pm

Wednesdays 3pm to 7pm

Thursdays 2pm to 8.30pm

Fridays 4.30pm to 7pm

Saturdays 9am to 1pm

Fee review

As always, the start of the new school year is the time I review my charges for the coming year.  I'm afraid that I can't avoid an increase this year, so my charges from 1st September will be:

30 minutes £22.00 pay as you go or £198.00 for a prepaid batch of 10 lessons

45 minutes £31.00 pay as you go or £279.00 for a prepaid batch of 10 lessons

60 minutes £40.00 pay as you go or £360.00 for a prepaid batch of 10 lessons.

New projects for the new year

I am going to be offering a couple of new projects from September:

1.  Following the success of the Intensive Grade 5 Theory Course trial runs this term, I shall be offering two weekend courses as follows:

·         A Grade 5 Theory Kickstarter course on 1st and 2nd September (Sunday and Monday) for those who haven't studied much formal theory before but need to get up to speed for Grade 5 Theory this term, or for those who would like an extra top-up of study in addition to the work they've done over the last terms.

·         A Grade 5 Theory Revision course on 2nd and 3rd November which will be a very focused revision weekend just prior to the exam on Wednesday 6th November at 5pm.  This course is NOT suitable for those who have not studied any theory before.

Each two-day course will cost £130 per person, and students are welcome to enrol for either or both courses.  Exam entry, if you'd like me to process it, will cost £38 in addition to the course fees, and the exam deadline is 27th September.

2.  I will be offering a weekly Grade 8 Aural Session on Saturday mornings from 7th September.  This will run for half an hour from 11.30am to 12noon, and the fee will be £10 per person per session.

Exams next term

If you are interested in doing an exam next term, please let me know.  Hopefully there will be a visit at Sarah Price's on Saturday 30 November, if there are enough candidates to make it viable.  Otherwise the main run of exams will be from 4th November to 7th December, and as usual I won't be able to predict which day will be ours.

The deadline for exam entries is 27th September.  All fees must be paid by then or entries won't be processed.

Er...that's it, I think

Have a great Summer everyone, and I look forward to seeing you in September.

Best wishes

Exam congratulations

posted 1 Apr 2019, 09:53 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 3 Apr 2019, 09:23 ]

Congratulations to this term's exam takers:

William and Emily Grade 4 Singing with Merit
Oliver Grade 3 Musical Theatre with Distinction
Bethan Grade 3 Singing
Monte and George Grade 3 Descant Recorder
Elsie Grade 2 Singing with Merit
Zach, Leo and Carys Grade 2 Singing 
Nayan Grade 1 Singing with Merit
Sofia Singing Prep Test

Intensive theory course vacancies Easter 2019

posted 1 Apr 2019, 09:45 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 1 Apr 2019, 09:45 ]

Dear everyone

Due to a couple of late cancellations I have spaces on both of the intensive theory courses I am running ahead of the ABRSM exam session on 15th June.

The first course is on 20th and 22nd April, the second course is on 1st and 2nd June

Both courses are two-day sessions to revise for Grade 5 theory.  Doing both courses should be sufficient for someone with a good musical grounding (equivalent to at least grade 4 practical) to develop enough specific knowledge to pass the exam, while one course should be enough for someone who is already studying theory to polish up their skills to the exam standard.

Each course runs from 10am to 4.30pm on both days, and each course costs £130.  If desired, I can also organise the entry for the Grade 5 theory exam, for which the ABRSM's fee is £38.

If you wish to book a place on a course, please contact me.

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