July and August 2020

posted 26 Jun 2020, 03:09 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 26 Jun 2020, 03:09 ]

Dear everyone

 Just a quick line to let you know my current plans for the next couple of months.  Obviously this may change - last time I wrote about my plans, they got trashed less than a week later!

So, with that proviso:

 1.  I shall continue to teach all lessons online until further notice.  Thank you to all of you for your patience and persistence with the technology through this time.

 2.  I am planning to teach up to the end of July, after which I intend to have a couple of weeks off before I re-start lessons in mid-August.  Probably kicking off from 17th August, but I'll e-mail round to let you know if that date changes.  We can start doing the new term timetable shuffle at that point, but as usual I expect it to take a few weeks to settle down to a time that suits everyone.

 3. is only relevant to current students.  If you didn't get the e-mail, please let me know. 

4.  Finally, the boring bit.  This time of year is when I normally do my fee review and let you know what I'll be charging from September onwards.  And so I've decided that for the coming academic year I will not be changing what I charge.  Half hour lessons will still be £22, three quarter hour lessons £31, one hour lessons £40, with the usual 10% discount for buying a batch of 10 in advance.   All my other terms and conditions remain unchanged.

That's it for now.  Enjoy the sunshine, folks.


Half Term

posted 19 May 2020, 05:08 by Catherine Jennaway   [ updated 21 May 2020, 04:07 ]

Dear Everyone

I hope you're all keeping well and enjoying the sunshine.

Just to let you know that I am planning to continue as usual over next week, which would have been half term.

If you do want to swap times, please let me know. Otherwise I'll see you (on Skype) as normal.

Best wishes


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


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