Easter 2020

posted 29 Mar 2020, 04:20 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 29 Mar 2020, 04:20 ]

Dear everyone

I hope you are all keeping well, and finding things to do in the lockdown period.

I thought I'd just drop you all a line to let you know my plans over the Easter break.

I'm happy to keep going by Skype until, and including, Thursday 9th April.  After that, I'm going to take Easter week off, and will be back again and available for lessons from Monday 20th April.

If you want to take an end-of-term break before that time, please let me know.  Also, if you normally have a lesson on a Friday or Saturday, and would like to have one earlier in the week of 6th - 9th April instead of 10th or 11th , please let me know that too.

Best wishes 


Online lessons, what we've learned so far

posted 21 Mar 2020, 04:49 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 21 Mar 2020, 04:50 ]

Dear everyone

Thank you for your patience and persistence as we've moved to online lessons from in-person ones.  I've been impressed at how well you've taken to the new way of working, and I've learned a lot myself in the last few days. 

Going forwards, I'm happy to keep people at their usual times and days for lessons on Skype, but if school being out means you'd prefer an earlier lesson time, or to change days, I may well be able to accommodate that.  Just let me know what you'd like to do.


One point that's come up a couple of times this week:  If you normally pay me cash on the day, I'm afraid that's not going to work any more.  These are the practical alternatives:

I can take payment by Paypal or by bank transfer.  Please ask me for details.

There are a few things I've noticed about the online set-up that I'd like to share with you all:

1.  If you still need to do set-up with me before your first session, please don't leave it until 5 minutes before your session is due - I am likely to be online with the person before you.  Earlier in the day or even a previous day is likely to be better.

2.  Please wait for me to call you - I may be finishing off something with the person before you, but I will call you as fast as I can.

3.  When we go online, if you're using a phone or tablet for Skype, please use it in landscape position - it gives me a better chance of seeing you clearly.  Portrait gives me a small narrow view of you.

4.  Try to get the camera as high up towards eye level as you can.  That way you'll feel more comfortable, and I won't have to stare up your nose.  If necessary, we'll do the lesson with you sitting down, though I will still be looking at your seated posture, of course.

5.  Please make sure your music is as near eye level as possible too, so that you are playing or singing with good posture.  If you don't have a music stand, this may be a good time to order one from Amazon or Musicroom. 

6.  Please make sure you have clearly readable copies to hand of anything you are going to sing or play.  Preferably printed out, or as a fall-back, if you're using a computer for the Skype transmission, up on the computer screen with the Skype window alongside.

7.  Please make sure that the gadget playing tracks is further away from the camera than you are, otherwise it'll drown out your sound.  This doesn't apply to flautists who are not playing tracks, of course.

8.  Also please make sure that if your track-playing gadget has a screensaver, you turn it off, or the music will stop unexpectedly in mid-song....

9.  And if it's a phone, please turn the phone/text notification sound to silent so we don't get random pings throughout the lesson.

10.  If the internet link falls over (sorry to the person who experienced that) I will finish the lesson off by phone - assuming, of course, that you have given me your phone number. 


Other than that, well done everyone, and I'll see you for your next lesson.

Best wishes


Moving to online lessons

posted 16 Mar 2020, 13:53 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 16 Mar 2020, 13:54 ]

Dear everyone

Due the fact that one of my students from last week has had contact with someone who now has the virus, I have decided that for the time being, as a precaution, all lessons I will teach will be conducted over Skype.

Your lessons will be at their normal time, but will be at your own home rather than mine.

Apologies to those students I had to cancel today, I will e-mail you separately with available times this week for a catch-up lesson.

How we can do a lesson over Skype

You will need two pieces of kit - a laptop/tablet/phone to transmit the Skype call and a separate laptop/table/phone to play your tracks on. Trying to run both from one machine crashes Skype.

I would suggest that if you are using a phone or tablet to do the Skype bit, you put that on a music stand alongside your music, so that you can stand comfortably to sing or play, and I can see and hear you clearly.

Please make sure you have all the tracks I've sent you recently, and all your books. Please let me know before your lesson if you can't find something and need it re-sent to you.

My Skype account is and you will need to set me up as a contact. Please do this well ahead of your lesson time. I will accept any contact requests, and then will call you when it is your lesson time.

I'm sorry to have to do this, but I think it's the safest course of action

Best wishes


The current Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak

posted 9 Mar 2020, 06:58 by Catherine Jennaway

Dear everyone

Just a quick note to let you know what I'm planning with regard to the current outbreak of covid-19 coronavirus.

1.  Unless and until anything changes, I shall be teaching as usual.

2.  If you are ill, whether with this virus or anything else, please let me know and cancel your lesson.  Fastest way to tell me is either text to 07806 481760 or e-mail.  I will waive all cancellation charges for illness until this outbreak is over.

3.  If I am ill, I will cancel all lessons and let everyone know straight away.  Please make sure I have an up-to-date phone number just in case I have to cancel at short notice.

4.  If you are well, but can't get to a lesson, for example because you've been quarantined, or I've been quarantined, or there is some sort of a transport problem, I am happy to do a SKYPE lesson instead, just phone or e-mail me for details.

Other than that, see you for your next session as per normal.

Best wishes


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


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


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

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


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.


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,


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