How very exciting, we have been open (In Sutton Coldfield) for over 2 months now! We are very grateful to all of our current pupils and to all of those who make enquiries.
We would just like to take this opportunity to keep you abreast of developments which are taking place:
1. We are introducing Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukulele and Composition Lessons. These will be provided by Sam James, a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, who promises to help the school go in a new and exciting direction.
2. Our stock of books and accessories are both getting bigger and we are now in talks with wholesalers in order to become the sheet music shop for the local area.
3. We have a lovely air-conditioning unit, which means you will no longer have to roast in the waiting area whilst you wait for your lessons. The benefits have been felt by many already.
Don't forget to get in contact if you have any questions or queries about your lessons or are interested in booking lessons for you or a friend. (Gift Cards are Available)
Our new premises in Sutton Coldfield has been open for two weeks, so I thought I would give you all an update on our progress.
Over the last few days, we have had a rather large amount of stock delivered. This includes cufflinks, sheet music, rosin, violin strings, pens, pencils and even more sheet music. All of which is available for sale our Sutton Coldfield Music School/Shop
Shiny New Pupils
Thank you to all the shiny new pupils (of all ages) that have signed up for lessons, after all, without pupils there is no point in a school. We hope you all continue to enjoy your lessons and make the same good progress you have been making over the last two weeks.
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Whilst we have had Facebook for many years, we have finally got twitter. Don't forget to like and follow us appropriately!
Many Thanks for All of your Support
- Stephen Partridge
This week's blog is a little different, no tips and tricks just some news about the Library of Birmingham Music Day which we organised on Sunday 1st March 2015. We had over 100 people attend the day and we hope to do it again in the future.
An email from BBC WM landed in my Inbox on Wednesday morning asking if the music day could feature on the popular BBC WM programme "Hunted!". I was more than happy to oblige.
This programme leads Debi around the West Midlands. She and the listeners work out where the clue sends her next, every so often she must complete a challenge in order to gain a clue.
For her challenge, we custom-made a recorded made from a carrot, Debi treated us and the BBC WM listeners to a rendition of Frere Jaques.
This got the day off to a great start!
11:30 Am - The Story of Brass
The first item on the official timetable for the day was a rather interesting talk by Freddie Miles about the history of and workings of the brass instruments. The talk included a real-life hosepipe horn, we had a rather enthusiastic volunteer who demonstrated his skills on this instrument. The session was rounded off by a performance of Theme and Variations by Franz Strauss.
12:30 Pm - Piano Fun and Duets - PB Arts Duo
Next we had a short history of the piano and including performances by Stephen Partridge and 4 handed piano duets. Fun was had by all.
1:15 Pm - The Alma Guitar Quartet
The Alma Guitar Quartet joined us and gave a reprise of their "A Tour of America" concert programme. It was thoroughly enjoyable and a lovely lunchtime concert.
2:30 Pm - The String Sessions - With The Salsedo Ensemble
This was the best attended session of the day, with over 60 people in attendance and lots of children had a chance to have a go on both a violin and cello. They seemed to thoroughly enjoy listening to the music performed by Aaron, David and Stephen.
Thank you to everyone who attended, we hope to do a similar event again. Keep your eyes peeled for information as and when it appears.
Buying a Piano - Digital vs. Acoustic
This, on the surface, seems a relatively simple question. Whenever possible I, along with most teachers, would suggest an acoustic piano. However, this is often not a possibility, as acoustic pianos are often larger, heavier and potentially more expensive than a digital piano. Not to mention that now-a-days there are many digital pianos which can give an acoustic piano a run for its money.
It seems to me that I could witter on about various different aspects of pianos but it seems that it would be much more useful to publish a list of pros and cons of each type of piano.
How to Choose a Violin
This is a rather tricky question and one which has very many answers. The perfect violin for you depends very much on your circumstances and also your goals for your violin playing.
Choosing a Violin for a Beginner
Choosing a violin for a complete beginner is especially difficult as more often than not, the student has no prior knowledge of instruments or the appropriate budget. It is very tempting to get the cheapest violin you can find "Just incase you don't take to it", which is understandable, to a certain extent. However buying the cheapest possible violin may not be the best idea for a beginner as low quality cheap instruments are incredibly hard to play much more so than slightly more expensive instruments.
This raises the question: "How Much Should I Spend"
In an ideal world everybody would start off with a brand new violin made by a local luthier (violin maker) for around £3,500, however this is rather un-realistic and so I would suggest a branded factory made violin for £100-£150. Names to look out for include Stentor, Primavera and Antoni.
These are available from many different places, but we can personally recommend Anthony Nickolds Violins, he made both my violin and viola and they are wonderful instruments.
If you have any questions or would like some advice feel free to contact us.
Choosing a Violin for and Intermediate Player
This is a far easier question to answer, I would suggest an antique (or at least aged) instrument of around £500-£600. These are readily available from most violin shops, I would however suggest that you take your violin tutor with you to help pick the best instrument for you.
Choosing a Violin for An Advanced Player
For this I would suggest searching nationwide on luthiers websites as the best value for money can often be found in modern instruments, which can often be custom made especially for you. It is still probably still worth taking your violin tutor with you as an additional opinion is always of help. There is no doubt, at this point, that you probably know what you want from your instrument.
These instruments are usually available fro £4000+.
I hope this has been of some use for you. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.
If you happen to need Violin Lessons or Violin Teacher in West Bromwich, Sandwell, Great Barr or Surrounding areas, we are available at very competitive prices. Visit our Services page for more details.
Thanks for Reading
Firstly, I would like to welcome you to our new blog and also our new .com web address.
Due to a technical error www.pbmusictuition.co.uk no longer works and is unlikely to work in the near future.
Now that is out of the way let me get to the reason for this post, getting to know us.
I frequently get asked, when pupils are booking lessons, to tell me a bit about myself and I feel this shouldn't be reserved for that phone call and should be out there for people to see before even contacting us so that you can make the most informed decision about choosing the best teacher for you. So here it goes...
We started Partridge Brothers' Music Tuition a few years ago after both David (My twin brother) and I had gained our grade 8 on both Violin and Piano. We felt that we would love to share our love of music with the next generation. Since then, a lot has changed, we are now both in our final year (where has the time gone?!) at Birmingham Conservatoire where we have studied both Violin and Piano and Pedagogy. Apart from that we have graduated from a digital piano to a rather lovely (I Like it anyway) Eavestaff Piano and now also offer lessons in your very one home.
What We Do
We offer Violin, Piano, Keyboard and Violin lessons in the West Bromwich area for people of all ages from Children of around 4 unto retired people well into their 70's and 80's. There's no upper limit! And now with Mobile lessons we can and do offer Piano, Violin and Keyboard lessons in: Tipton, Wolverhampton, West Bromwich, Oldbury, Great Barr, Great Bridge, Handsworth and many other locations.
What Makes us Different
What makes us truly different from everyone else is that we are more than willing to make resources and and sheets for specific students. Besides this we often spend many-an-hour searching out appropriate instruments for our students and are often available to retune instruments should they have gone out of tune due to the weather or any other cause.
Offering lessons in West Bromwich and the surrounding areas has given us much experience with a wide range of people of all ages and learning types. We have worked and work regularly with people who special educational needs.
We have a "Three Targets a Week" sheet which we give out to all of our younger students and have an equivalent sheet for adults, which gives clear guidelines as to what to practice for the following lesson. Whilst of course we would love our students to practice lots between lessons, we know this isn't always a possibility and, given this information we can structure lessons slightly differently to ensure that you or your child gets the best from violin, piano or keyboard lessons.