Altrincham Junior Courses

Junior Music Course – piano lessons for younger children

Junior Music Course is the best possible introduction that a young child could have to the world of music using tried and tested piano material. Open to children aged of 4 and 5 these music lessons offer them a unique chance to make music during a critical period in their development. Junior Music Course classes are taught in groups of up to 10 children. By making music together  the confidence and self-esteem of the children receives  a huge boost. Many parents report that ’ listening and social skills are considerably enhanced.

To maintain the concentration and motivation of a young child for each one hour lesson, the teacher will have prepared at least fifteen different activities, blending concentration, relaxation, music games, listening, singing and playing. Parents are required to be in lessons and to support their child’s progress at home.

JUNIOR PLAY FOR KEEPS – Keyboard/Piano Lessons for ages 6 & 7

Junior Play For Keeps keyboard lessons provide a fun and stimulating environment in which children can enjoy making music on a piano/ keyboard. It is open to beginners aged  six and seven and is designed to build a strong foundation for further piano study. At the age of six, a child’s attention span has started to lengthen and they can stay focused for longer.

In Junior Play For Keeps we believe that a fun approach to learning music is important. We achieve this through listening, singing and reading activities. Course material consists of a series of themed text books with a visually striking cartoon-style presentation designed to appeal to children of this age. An examination syllabus is available for the course, which leads to a fully accredited Trinity College of London qualification.

Altrincham Keyboard Teachers

Karen Ward
Junior Music Course, Junior Play for Keeps, Play for Keeps & Pianomate

Karen Ward- Altrincham Keyboard TeacherKaren has been involved with Yamaha Music Schools since 1984, first as a pupil and then a teacher. In 1987 she was asked to be part of a national recruiting team for Yamaha Music Schools, visiting state schools throughout the UK. After training in Sept 1987 she worked at the independent YMS in Southport, taking over that school in 1993, and in 1994 joined Dawsons to run their Wigan School. In 1999 she joined the YMS team at Dawsons in Altrincham to concentrate on Yamaha junior courses, becoming an instructor for Junior courses in 2005.

As well as her considerable experience with Yamaha Karen has enjoyed performing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, and in 1992 represented the U.K in the European Yamaha Electone Festival final in Milan. It was here that Karen won an outstanding performance prize with her own composition.

Andy Smith
BA(Hons) ARCM
Play for Keeps, Piano School for Children & Piano Mate
Andrew SmithAndrew Smith studied piano with David Hartigan in Manchester and then with James Walker and Marlene Fleet at the University of Leicester. Whilst reading for his music degree which included studying composition with Andrew Wilson-Dickson he became interested in the music of Witold Lutoslawski and was awarded a scholarship to travel to Warsaw Contemporary Music Festival in Poland. Shortly afterwards, he became an Associate of the Royal College of Music. After graduating, Andrew took up teaching positions at both Bilton Grange and Rugby School in Warwickshire where he taught piano and clarinet.

From Rugby he moved to Egypt where he spent nine years running music departments in two large International Schools in Cairo. Before returning to the UK, Andrew moved to Iceland to take up a teaching position at a music school in the north of the country. Since his return to Manchester, he has been working with Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK) and is now involved in teacher training, course development and the delivery of music workshops around the country. He is an examiner for Trinity Guildhall and Yamaha Music Schools as well as being a member of the European Piano Teachers Association.

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Book Your Free Trial Keyboard Lesson at Dawsons Altrincham

Submit your details above and someone will contact you within 2 working days to arrange your free trial keyboard lesson.

Your free trial keyboard lesson will last approximately 30-45 minutes and gives a taster of the course. We will also explain the cost of the lessons and advise of available lesson times.

Free Trial Lessons (FTL) are open to anyone (providing they are above the minimum age) so it really is NEVER too late to learn. All of our keyboard teachers have adult classes and in some cases operate mixed age classes so we really do have something for everyone.

Where a prospective student has previous experience the keyboard teacher may offer a free one-to-one consultation instead of a FTL, with a view to putting the student into an already existing keyboard class.

Please note that free trial keyboard lessons take place when there are enough students to fill a group, this may mean your details being kept on a waiting list until the next available FTL. Some of our music schools only offer lessons during term-time, where this is the case FTLs are held in term-time.

Free taster keyboard lessons are available to those who are not already existing students of Dawsons Music School. A taster keyboard lesson will be held by arrangement with the teacher providing the student is above the minimum age for the relevant course.

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