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Where did the summer go? Even though we weren’t able to travel as we would normally, the summer has still flown by – already the leaves are turning golden and there’s definitely an autumnal nip in the air.
The first half of the Autumn term starts on Monday 7 September for all studio lessons (with lessons in schools starting during the week of 14th September) and runs up until and including Saturday 24 October.
Here’s to a great term of learning and making music!
Unfortunately, we have learned today that Public Health have updated their guidelines for businesses wishing to operate in phase 4. We are extremely disappointed that this now means we are unable to teach students under 18 years of age in the studios for the first few weeks of the term – the guidelines will be reviewed once the schools have been back for two weeks.
We will keep you updated on the situation as and when we receive further news.
Following the announcement yesterday that Guernsey will be entering phase 4 of the exit from lockdown on Saturday 30 May, we are busy working towards reopening our doors as soon as Public Health permits us to do so. We hope to bring you further information about this next week. Hang in there!
Please note that the new term will begin on Monday 20 April 2020. We are working on the basis that lessons will still be in an online format at the start of the next term. Lessons will be at the usual times unless your teacher has contacted you to arrange an alternative time. As soon as the island’s children are able to safely return to their schools, we will resume face to face lessons at the studios. In the meantime, stay safe and keep practising!
As we have been unable to given face to face lessons for a couple of weeks now, our teachers are all teaching from their homes – these are just a few of them in their home teaching spaces! We have had some really positive comments about online lessons from our students and their parents – thank you for supporting this way of learning!
With the knowledge that schools are closing from Monday 23 March, we have made the decision to stop all face-to-face lessons at the studios from Monday onwards. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET RETURNED THE FORM GIVING CONSENT TO HAVE VIDEO LESSONS, PLEASE DO SO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE PREFERABLY BY EMAIL. If you are unable to come in for your lessons today (Fri 20 March or tomorrow, Sat 21 March) and would like a video lesson, please contact your teacher or email us to arrange this. Your lesson will remain at the usual time unless your teacher contacts you to arrange an alternative time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Week commencing Monday 16 March 2020
We will remain open for lessons during the coming week. If you or your child is experiencing any symptoms (sore throat, dry cough, raised temperature), please notify us by email, text or Facebook and do not come for your lesson. If you are well and can come to your lesson, please make sure you wash your hands before your lesson begins. If you are generally well but have been advised, or are choosing to self-isolate, we may be able to arrange a video lesson to take place with your teacher at the same time as your usual lesson. Please email us at email@example.com as soon as possible to arrange this and we will send you a consent form.
As always, send us an email if you have any questions regarding these arrangements.
|We are pleased to operate as a public exam centre for RSL Awards. Any|
student learning an instrument through the Rockschool graded music
system can come to us to take their exam during any of Rockschool’s set
exam periods throughout the year.
Rockschool offer qualifications in Piano, Keys, Electric, Acoustic and Bass
Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Drums, Music Theory and Music Production. Each grade is fully accredited by all the UK regulatory bodies with grades
6 – 8 carrying UCAS points to bolster university applications.
If you want to know more about Rockschool or have any further
questions, please head over to their website:
We have an exciting opportunity to join our teaching team! Click here for more information.
Our Summer School students had an amazing week of team-building and honing their music skills last week. Friends were made, ideas shared and many laughs had! On Sunday, they played to a packed venue as friends and family gathered to support them and to see the product of their hard work over the week. Well done everyone!
Over the last few months, we have been working on a video to show what life is like at Thirst and all the activities we get involved in – and here it is https://youtu.be/h7mvvKE6v6A
We hope you enjoy it!
We’re thrilled that Kelly has found space in her busy schedule to come and deliver a vocal workshop again this year. This is a great opportunity to learn tips and tricks from a highly experienced vocal coach and have fun along the way! She will also be offering 1-1 lessons on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May. Send us a message for more information or to book a place.
We are really pleased to announce that the exam board, RSL (Rockschool Ltd), are running two twilight events with Solent University which will provide valuable insight on Progression into Higher Education in Popular Music. The session is designed for Classroom and Instrumental Teachers; School Leaders; Parents and Students and is FREE to attend. To sign-up for this event and for more information, please visit:
Click here Registration Form to download the registration form for this year’s Summer School!
In case you missed the post over on our Facebook page, please head to https://photos.langloisphotography.com/gallery/BOTB2019/ to view all the pictures taken on the night by Langlois Photography. Orders can be made via their website – happy browsing!
The winner of the 2019 Battle of the School Bands event is ‘Afterlife‘ from The Ladies’ College! It was a tough battle this year with some amazing performances from the six schools which took part. You are all a credit to your schools and we hope you enjoyed taking part in this year’s competition.
All the official photographs (courtesy of Langlois Photography) will soon be available to view and purchase here: photos.langlois.photography.com/BOTB2019
There are only three weeks to go until the 2019 Battle of the School Bands competition. Tickets are selling fast so head over to http://www.guernseytickets.gg to book yours!
This year we are launching an exciting week-long course for young musicians! See below for details:
We are really excited to be launching a varied programme of group lessons after the Easter break. Please take a look at our Groups page for more information about the lessons as well as details of how to register.
We’re pleased to be bringing back our popular music group for pre-school age children (3 and 4 years). Little Thirsties aims to introduce young children to music while incorporating the broader elements of pre-school education; colour, shape, letters and numbers. See our Little Thirsties page for more information.
Following months and months of planning, preparation and sheer hard work, we have now moved to our brand new music school! We are thrilled to be able to offer our students an extremely high standard of facilities to enhance their learning experience and to inspire them to be the best they can be. Take a look at our Contact us page for a map showing our new location. We look forward to welcoming you there very soon!
We entered 93 students for RSL exams during 2017! Here are just a few students who achieved success during the November exams:
As we’re hurtling towards Christmas, it’s a reminder that it won’t be long before the 2018 Battle of the School Bands competition. Next year’s event will be held at Beau Sejour theatre on Saturday 10th February. Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of January so keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for the exact release date.
If you are stuck for a Christmas gift for a loved one this year, why not buy them the gift of music? Our vouchers can be for single or multiple lessons and for any of the instruments we teach: piano, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, drums or voice. Send us an email for more information on how to purchase a voucher!
We are excited to announce that there is another drum masterclass coming your way! On Saturday 4th November 2017, we will be welcoming Steve White to Guernsey to share his knowledge and expertise. The London Drum Show website describes Steve as follows:
“Steve has now launched a successful career as an educator, be it as an in demand personal teacher and motivator, to course instructor, to drum set clinician, breaking all clinic attendance records in 2000 with Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Steve has worked with many other high profile artists such as Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene and The Who.”
As has become tradition, we will be raffling the drum kit which Steve uses during the masterclass. Tickets for this event will be available soon at £10 each. Venue: Elizabeth College Performing Arts Building. Time: 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
As we dive headfirst into another school year, we have lots exciting things happening at Thirst Music School, not least the renovation of our new premises & Guernsey’s first purpose-built music school dedicated to popular music! So you can keep up to date with our progress on this project, we have set up a Facebook group called ‘Thirst Music School – The Aviaries Project’ – check out the group for pictures of the work so far and information about classes which the new premises will enable us to offer.
We look forward to welcoming you to our grand opening sometime soon!
After a fantastic evening of live music from some of Guernsey’s youngest bands, ‘Problematic’ from Elizabeth College were crowned the winners of our very first Battle of the School Bands event! The lively and extremely supportive audience were treated to 15 minute sets from each of the school bands who gave us a diverse range of musical styles. The winning band was judged by our panel of local music buffs: BBC Radio Guernsey’s Jenny Kendall-Tobias, Jon Bisson from ‘Sound’, Russ Fossey from the Guernsey Arts Commission and Chief Minister Jonathon Le Tocq.
‘Problematic’ wowed the audience with their versions of The Handler (Muse), Better Strangers (Royal Blood) and R U Mine (Arctic Monkeys). The threesome have won VIP tickets to Jersey Live (with the opportunity to play on the JT stage) courtesy of our sponsors, JT and £500 from Thirst Music School.
Tickets are selling well for this event on Saturday 6th February 2016 at Beau Sejour Theatre (see the Thirst Rocks page for more information). Six bands will be performing on the night – one band from each of the following schools:
St Sampsons High School
Beaucamps High School
La Mare de Carteret School
Each band will be performing for 15 minutes and a panel of four local judges will decide on the winning band to be announced at the end of the evening. It’s going to be a great night!
This term we have started to give some of our students the opportunity to perform to a small audience with the introduction of our ‘Live Loft’ sessions. With only four students performing at each session (each preparing 3-4 songs) and a small audience of approximately 15 people, the aim is to provide an intimate and informal setting in order to increase confidence and develop performance skills. We intend to run these sessions once a term from September 2015.
Pictured is Chloe Brown.
As part of Elizabeth College’s recent activities week, Andy went in to run some song writing workshops. Everyone involved learnt a lot, had fun and produced some great work!
At the beginning of March 2015, 46 of our students took Rockschool exams in drums, guitar, vocals, bass guitar, piano and keyboard. We are delighted that the results are in and everyone has done fantastically well! Overall they have achieved 8 passes, 34 merits and 4 distinctions. Well done everyone!
Congratulations to Chris and Pascal for passing their grade 8 exams last month. Well done guys! Both students were rewarded with 15″ crash cymbals for their outstanding efforts.