Thirst Music Courses & Grades

Thirst Music School offers tuition in drums, vocals, keyboard/piano, guitar/bass, ukulele, music theory, music production amd song writing.

In addition to Thirst Music School’s own teaching materials, students are able to follow the Rockschool syllabuses (www.rslawards.com) which can lead to examinations up to grade 8. These qualifications are accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. We also provide music lessons to schools.

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Tutors Wayne Mahy, Michael Davies, Will Dodd, Felix Rice and Charlie Spicer will tailor lessons to your level and ability. Whether you just want to learn how to play for fun, improve existing skills or as a lead-in to a course at BIMM, we will be able to help you gain confidence, get the most from your playing and maximise your potential. Areas covered may be as follows:

  • Playing along to songs and click tracks
  • Developing timekeeping
  • Rudiment studies
  • Hand and foot techniques
  • Sight reading and listening skills
  • Coordination development
  • Soloing and phrasing

Although not obligatory, there will also be the possibility of entering for Rockschool grade examinations.

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Tutors Lisa Murfitt, Carly Tucknott and Jess Hughes will tailor lessons to your level and ability. Whether you just want to learn how to sing for fun, improve existing skills or as a lead-in to a course at BIMM, our tutors will be able to help you to gain confidence, get the most from your voice and maximise your potential. Areas covered may be as follows:

  • Vocal warm-ups
  • Technique & voice production
  • Understanding the anatomy of singing
  • Microphone technique
  • Music theory
  • Sight-singing

Although not obligatory, there will also be the possibility of entering for Rockschool grade examinations.

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Tutors Glenn Holmes, Steve Le Poidevin, Charlie Stevens and Will Rutherford will tailor lessons to your level and ability. Whether you just want to learn how to play for fun, improve existing skills or as a lead-in to a course at BIMM, our tutors can help you gain confidence, get the most from your guitar and maximise your potential. Areas covered may be as follows:

  • Playing along to songs and click tracks
  • Learn all notes, chords, rhythm, lead, strumming & picking techniques
  • Creative playing using scales
  • Live instrument technique
  • Music theory
  • Sight reading and listening skills

Learn all notes, chords, rhythm, lead, strumming & picking techniques. Creative playing using scales Live instrument technique Music theory Sight reading and listening skills

Although not obligatory, there will also be the possibility of entering for Rockschool grade examinations.

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Tutors Lisa Murfitt, Heidi Garner, Naomi Burton, Jamie Le Poidevin, Imogen Hayman, Amy Gaudion and Deborah Lawson will tailor lessons to your level and ability. Whether you just want to learn how to play for fun, improve existing skills or as a lead-in to a course at BIMM, they will be able to help you to gain confidence, get the most from your playing and maximise your potential. Areas covered may be as follows- depending on your preference for solo keyboard with auto accompaniment, band keyboard or piano styles:

  • Fingering and hand position
  • Keyboard style chords with auto accompaniment or piano left- and right-hand playing
  • Theory and reading music (including bass clef)
  • Improvisation
  • Sight-reading
  • Aural training
  • Standard keyboard functions

Students will need to have access to at least a 61-key instrument with full-sized keys and style accompaniment facility to practise on. More advanced students may need access to a larger instrument with touch sensitivity.

Although not obligatory, there will also be the possibility of entering for Rockschool grade examinations.

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Thirst Music School prides itself on teaching musicians to play well but also read and understand music both in tab and notation. With this in mind we can also offer musicians the opportunity to study music theory and harmonic progressions as a separate option. This particularly suits students who may have a good understanding of their chosen instrument or who may already be playing in bands and just want to enhance their understanding and musical vocabulary further. Students need not be able to read music prior to attending any of these courses.

Lesson Topics can include:

  • Reading and understanding traditional notation
  • Reading bass clef, treble clef and other clefs.
  • Expression marks
  • Elements of western harmony -what you already know (the old accepted rules and how rock and popular music breaks them!)
  • Scales- major and minor.
  • How standard progressions work (tonics, dominants and the functions of the other notes within scales)
  • Modes
  • Blues scales
  • Pushing the boundaries- 12 tone scales and creating tone clusters.

It is advised that students cover ‘Elements of western harmony’ before attempting to understand modes as this will enhance their understanding.

As these are lessons tailored to the individual student, courses are not a fixed length which allows for greater flexibility for the student.

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Whether you’re a solo singer/songwriter looking for help with lyric writing, or a band wanting a helping hand with song structures or chord progressions, our songwriting lessons can be tailored to your needs. This is perfect if you would like to hear one of your ideas turned into a finished song. Songwriting lessons are likely to include:
• Lyric and hook writing
• Chord progressions
• Song structuring
• Melody creation
• Tempo mapping
• Exploring genres

Grades at Thirst Music

Rockschool Grades

In addition to Thirst Music School’s own teaching materials, students are able to follow the Rockschool syllabuses (www.rslawards.com) which can lead to examinations up to grade 8. These qualifications are accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

Exams are taken at our studios three times a year in February, June and November. To date more than 750 students have passed grade exams with us! As examinations usually fall in term time, it is the parents’ responsibility to liaise with their child’s school regarding absence for the purpose of taking an examination.

The grades are split into the following levels:

Entry Level Debut
Level 1 Grades 1 to 3
Level 2 Grades 4 to 5
Level 3 Grades 6 to 8

 

The books* cover different elements including performance songs, technical exercises, improvisation, sight reading, listening skills and general musicianship questions. Grades are the perfect aid to students interested in GCSE and A Level music and students achieving success in the level 3 grades can obtain UCAS points towards university entry.

Thirst Music School takes a keen interest in students taking exams and offers additional support including written material and video lessons.

As an incentive for students taking exams, Thirst Music School rewards achievement at Grade 8 with prizes such as music equipment.

*Grade books can be purchased from us (subject to availability), from any local music shop or at www.musicroom.com

School lessons

Thirst Music School provides music lessons in the following schools:

School Lesson type
Beechwood Preparatory School Drums, Piano & Vocals
Elizabeth College Drums
Melrose Junior School Drums
Ladies’ College Drums, Keyboards, Guitar & Vocals
Blanchelande College Drums & Guitar

 

Lessons are 20 or 30 minutes in duration (during school hours) depending on the school’s policy. For further information, please either contact us or the Head of Music at the relevant school listed above.

Term dates

2020
Tuesday 7 January – Saturday 15 February

HALF TERM (Monday 17 – Saturday 22 February incl.)

Monday 24 February – Saturday 4 April

EASTER BREAK (Monday 6 – Monday 20 April incl.)

Monday 20 April – Saturday 23 May

HALF TERM (Monday 25 – Saturday 30 May)

Monday 1 June – Saturday 18 July

SUMMER BREAK (Monday 20 July – Friday 4 September)

Monday 7 September – Saturday 24 October

HALF TERM (Monday 26 October – Saturday 31 October)

Monday 2 November – Tuesday 22 December

CHRISTMAS BREAK (Wednesday 23 December – Monday 4 January)

2021

Tuesday 5 January – Saturday 6 February 

HALF TERM (Monday 8 February – Saturday 13 February)

Monday 15 February –  Thursday 1 April

EASTER BREAK (Friday 2 April – Monday 19 April)

Tuesday 20 April – Saturday 29 May

HALF TERM (Monday 31 May – Saturday 5 June)

Monday 7 June – Saturday 17 July

 

 

 

 

Get in touch!

We'd love to hear from you. Please get in touch if you have any questions or want to enquire about lessons at Thirst Music School. Fill in the form below, call / text us on 07781 128945 or email us at info@thirstmusicschool.co.uk  You can also send us a message through our Facebook page!