Having played the flute many years ago at school and running a mile when exams were mentioned, it was with great trepidation that I first contacted The Music Place, but I had always longed to play again. Thankfully, my email was received with kindness, understanding and encouragement.
I began lessons in May 2019 and it was amazing to play again especially with a piano accompaniment. My teacher was very positive and always encouraging. I was totally out of my comfort zone but was so glad I had taken that first step. I always left our lessons with a smile on my face, humming a new tune. It was due to her encouragement and faith in me that I took my ABRSM grade 3 exam in the summer, my first exam in many years. Despite my nerves I achieved a merit and went on to do the same for grade 4. I am going to take grade 5 at Christmas this year.
Lessons during lockdown have continued, thankfully. Thanks to my teacher’s hard work we now have a remote woodwind group and have just completed our second compilation. We have also been doing zoom concerts with other woodwind players. I am now learning to play the saxophone and keyboard. I am so grateful that lessons continued remotely, it really works and was a fantastic escape during lockdown.
I am so glad that I contacted The Music Place. I didn’t realise how much I would enjoy learning. Practice isn’t a chore and I even love scales!
If you have been thinking of playing an instrument for a long time or have a pre-loved instrument gathering dust, I cannot recommend the Music Place highly enough. Their lessons suit all ages and levels of experience, all in a warm and welcoming,
non judgmental environment. What’s not to love? And let’s be honest, without music life would not be fair.