What we do
Currently lessons are available on:
Piano – Classical, Pop, Jazz, Composition and Improvisation
Guitar – Classical, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Composition and Improvisation.
Singing – by special appointment – Kodaly musicianship.
Music Theory – informal, or up to ABRSM Grade 8.
Brass, Bass guitar, Drum Kit – by special appointment.
Lessons are typically for 30 mins or 45 mins, with 60 mins and 20 mins by special appointment.
Please note – Due to the popularity of The Berwyn Music School, we are currently limited on time slots, so please do not be disappointed if we cannot immediately find you a slot. Learning music is a long term commitment, so it is recommended that you sign up to the waiting list. We keep regular contact with prospective students, who may arrange a trial lesson and will be invited to any events held throughout the year.
Please get in touch if you would like to make an enquiry about lessons, or find out if The Berwyn School of Music operates in your child’s school. The Berwyn School of Music is an extremely busy teaching operation, so please don’t be disappointed if we cannot immediately find you a lesson slot. In this event you can be added to the waiting list and contacted when a slot becomes available.
Can I have a trial lesson?
Up to five Trial lessons can be arranged if you are unsure about a regular commitment to music lessons. Trial lessons are charged at the standard lesson rate, but there is no obligation to make a regular commitment after your trial is complete. After your trials you will decide if you wish to carry on as a regular contracted student, meaning there is a level of commitment required on your part as detailed in our studio policy, which is available by request.
Do you teach lessons in the holidays?
Berwyn School of Music’s calendar fits in with the term times according to Shropshire and Powys County Councils. Lessons are not scheduled for the holidays, but may be available by request, particularly in the summer when students are encouraged to have one or two lessons arranged to ensure your music skills don’t become rusty over the long break!
Do I have to perform?
The short answer is – no you absolutely do not have to perform. HOWEVER, at Berwyn School of Music we ensure that students get many performance opportunities throughout the year, as performance is key to your development as a musician. When performing, you learn things about your musicianship, your skills, your weaknesses. You strengthen and learn through performing, and it provides a challenge, or set goal for you to work towards. We hold regular micro-recitals, where no more than 10 people are permitted, so if you are new to performing or suffer from performance anxiety, you can start out with a very small, appreciative audience!
Do I have to be able to read music? Take exams?
At Berwyn School of Music we pride ourselves on catering for the needs and wants of a wide range of students. We will always encourage you to learn at least a little bit about reading music, as musical literacy opens up whole new worlds that you can miss on without that knowledge. However, we have students who do not read at all and instead focus on other things like developing their ear, improvisation and composition without reading a note. It depends on you, the student, what is the best approach in this regard. As for exams, we have many students successfully take ABRSM graded instrumental and theory exams which are an excellent goal and aid to learning, but again, they aren’t for everybody. For example, if you are interested in playing music by your favourite pop/rock artists and occasionally writing a song, taking exams wouldn’t necessarily be right for you.
Do I need to own an instrument?
Short answer – yes. But more importantly, you need to have access to an instrument for practice. Without practice you cannot refine the things you learn in the teaching studio. Above all, you need an instrument so you can enjoy playing whenever you want! Some students begin lessons not owning a piano. It is highly recommended that in this instance you get one as soon as possible!
What Piano do you recommend?
This is a common question. It depends on your personal needs. If you plan on taking grades or learning classical music, you should really have an upright or grand acoustic piano. There are nuances to the touch and sound that you can achieve from a ‘real’ piano that you just can’t get from electronic instruments. However, many people don’t have the space or financial resources for such big expenses (though old pianos can be picked up second hand very cheap or for free – keep an eye out), so a digital piano is often the way to go. At the Berwyn School of Music teaching studio we have a beautiful Casio Celviano and a portable Casio CDP-120. Casio is an excellent brand that produce great quality instruments at a very good price. Also popular are Yamaha and Roland, which are again superb brands but they come at a higher cost. The most important thing for any pianist buying a digital piano/stage piano (don’t get a ‘keyboard!’) is that you need 88 WEIGHTED keys, as this is the closest way you can match the feel of an acoustic piano.