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.

Easter holiday 2019

posted 1 Apr 2019, 09:36 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 1 Apr 2019, 09:36 ]

Dear Everyone

I shall be stopping for my Easter break from the end of Saturday 6th April.

I shall be back to teach the first of my two intensive theory revision courses on Saturday 20th April and Monday 22nd April.  Then I shall be re-starting regular lessons from Tuesday 23rd April.

Have a lovely break!

Exam Congratulations

posted 17 Dec 2018, 11:27 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 17 Dec 2018, 11:27 ]

Many congratulations to everyone who took an exam this time.  We had some stunning results:

Alice - Grade 6 Singing with Merit
Julia - Grade 4 Singing with Merit
Maddie - Grade 3 Singing
Gabriel and Oliver G - Grade 2 Singing with Merit
Josh - Grade 1 Singing with Merit

Catherine's Christmas Closedown

posted 24 Nov 2018, 05:51 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 29 Nov 2018, 02:18 ]

Dear everyone

Wow! Nearly Christmas already!  Where the heck did 2018 go???

OK, here's the plan:

I will be available to teach until Friday 21st December.

After which I will be too busy partying to teach until the start of the new term.

I shall kick off again for 2019 from Monday January 7th.

Have a great Christmas everyone!

Increases to my teaching availability

posted 24 Nov 2018, 05:40 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 29 Nov 2018, 02:19 ]

Dear everyone

I've been looking at the hours I offer for teaching, and comparing that with the times I'm being asked for lessons.  I've come to the conclusion that I need to offer a wider choice of times and so, as a result I've made a decision.

From January onwards I shall be available to teach at the following times:

Monday:  4.30 to 8.30
Tuesday  4.30 to 8.30
Wednesday 3.30 to 7.00
Thursday  2.00 to 8.30
Friday 4.30 to 7.30
Saturday mornings 9.00 to 11.00

I shall update the vacancies page accordingly, and as ever, spaces are on a first-come-first-served basis, and are subject to my terms and conditions (which you have read, haven't you?).


Half Term

posted 5 Oct 2018, 09:10 by Catherine Jennaway

Please note I shall be on my half term break from 22nd to 26th October inclusive.

There will be NO LESSONS AT ALL during that time.

Normal lesson availability will resume on 29th October.

Vacancies at September 2018

posted 31 Aug 2018, 00:21 by Catherine Jennaway

The Current Vacancies page has now been updated for the new term.

If you'd like to book a lesson, please contact me.

Welcome Back!

posted 21 Aug 2018, 04:34 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 21 Aug 2018, 04:39 ]

Dear everyone

I hope you've had a good Summer, and are relaxed, refreshed and ready for the new academic year.  I will be open for lessons from Monday 3rd September onwards, although I know some people won't be ready to start again quite that early, so please let me know when you are ready to get started. 

My timetable has shifted a bit since last term.  I am definitely available for lessons this term on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 5pm to 8.30pm, Thursdays 2pm to 8.30pm and Fridays 5pm to 6.30pm.  I may be able to do other times depending on my school schedule, but these are times I will definitely be available to teach.  


As I advised people at the start of last term, I am not putting my fees up this year.  The fee for a half-hour lesson will remain at £21 and for an hour will remain at £38.  Advance payment batches of 10 lessons will continue to attract a 10% discount.  Those who have unused lessons from last term's batches will have them honoured at the start of this term.

Regular bookings:

I know a number of people would like to change lesson slots, due to new schools, new timetables or new clubs.  There will be a fair bit of juggling I need to do to fit everyone in, and it will inevitably take a couple of weeks to sort it out completely. 

Please bear with me while we get the schedule sorted out.  The more flexible you can be over when your lesson is, the easier my job becomes to make the timetable work.  To that end, please could you let me know what days and times of the week you ABSOLUTELY CAN'T do, as well as any preferences.  


I know from time to time events occur that mean you can't make your usual lesson appointment for one week.  PLEASE let me know as soon as you can if you can't come - I can then look at making a swap if I have a free slot that works for you, and of course it may be that the lesson you can't use that week will be just what someone else needs to sort their fixture clash instead. 

If I don't get notice that you aren't coming, that means I have a slot in which I can't do anything else, which loses me money.  For that reason, I will have to insist that (in line with the terms and conditions I asked you to read when you first booked with me) all time booked must be paid for.  If you fail to show up, you will either forfeit one lesson from your prepaid batch or (if you don't choose to prepay) you will be charged two lesson fees at your next booking. 

Ad-hoc bookings:

As always, when you want to book an ad-hoc lesson, please let me know.  I will advise you of what times I have available, on a first-come-first-served basis.  Payment is due when the time is booked, and, as with regular bookers, no-shows will be charged at the usual rate.


The main ABRSM exam season will be from 5th November to 8th December.  Theory exams will be on Tuesday 6th November.  The deadline for putting entries in is 28th September.  If we have agreed you will take an exam this term, the fee for that exam will be due by the entry date.  If I have not received the exam fee by then, I'm afraid I won't be able to make the exam entry.

And finally:

A bit of housekeeping.  Please could you make sure I have an up-to-date phone number for you in case of emergencies (mobile is fine).  I confirm that I will only keep this information for the purposes of running the business, and that it will be deleted when it is no longer required.  The information will be kept securely and will not be passed to anyone else for any reason.

Many thanks


Exam successes this term

posted 13 Jul 2018, 09:17 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 31 Jul 2018, 12:08 ]

Congratulations to everyone who has taken an exam this term.  You've all worked incredibly hard, and I'm very proud of every one of you.

Megan - Grade 7 flute with Merit
Lorraine - Grade 6 singing
Oscar and Alice - Grade 5 theory with Distinction
Daisy - Grade 5 singing with Merit
Maddie and Simran - Grade 5 singing
Eli - Grade 4 flute
Katie - Grade 4 singing
Mia J and Emily - Grade 3 singing with Merit
Kaitlyn - Grade 3 pop vocals with Merit
Gina, Mia K, Bella and Jemima - Grade 3 singing
Georgia - Grade 2 singing
Rosie, Leo and Zach - Grade 1 singing with Merit

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