Information for Parents

Introducing your child to learning a musical instrument

We live in a culture in which many people seek instant, or at least fairly quick, gratification. Learning a musical instrument is a long-term undertaking based on the idea of ‘delayed gratification’. That is to say, a lot of work usually needs to go in before very much will come out. Learning to delay gratification is a vital part of developing as human being. But if you, as a parent, are prepared to spend time with your child, being involved in their practice and progress, then they will reap the many wonderful benefits being able to make music offers.

There is a strong correlation between music education and the development of skills that children need to become successful in life. Self-discipline, patience, sensitivity, coordination, and the ability to memorize and concentrate are all enhanced in the study of music. These skills will follow your child on whatever path he or she chooses in life.

Learning music comes from many sources although there is already a personal music teacher. Signing up and registering for music workshops, music festivals, master classes, seminars, etc. Every opportunity must be given to your child to learn and know more. If there should be any competition, it should be a competition to acquire more knowledge and performing skills.

The most important contribution that you can make as a parent is to sit with your child while they’re practising. Children are generally not able to structure a practice session on their own and your input is vital. Your participation comes in the form of family outings to concerts and other musical performances, buying recordings of specific works or performers for your music learning child, etc. These gestures will be seen as encouragement and will be appreciated by your child. If, as parents, you wish to be involved in their musical development, these are some ways to do it though some of you already are.

We welcome you to arrange time to discuss about any aspects of your child's musical development at anytime as a strong partnership between parents and school lies at the heart of everything we aim to do at Robinson School.

Information For Students

A real sense of achievement

Making music must be one of the most joyful experiences on earth. Learning to play an instrument, however, can be less joyous. We all need encouragement to persevere when mastery seems beyond our reach. We have to know that we are doing better today than we did yesterday.

It is important that music is to be performed and is not just a subject to read about and remember the facts. Likewise, concentrating mainly on three or four exam pieces does not constitute performing. Far from it, performing means having played a lot of music and ideally, a wide range of musical styles.

Students are encouraged to develop useful and lifelong interests in music. They can spend their times engaging in an enjoyable and valuable music performances beyond an exam room.

Robinson School of Music provides opportunities for the development of musical interests both in performance and theory. Your progress will be monitored to ensure that your growth in musical understanding and performance are continually developing to the highest level, whether you want to pursue music as a career or enjoy as a hobby. We have selected a large number of qualified teachers who give individual lessons to create the right professional and friendly atmosphere. We believe that success in music can be achieved through enjoyment and determination. We are here to support and assist you in all aspects of musical education.

We wish you every success and look forward to seeing you grow musically and enjoy music making, a delightful pursuit that brings joy to you and others for a lifetime.

Tips for Practice

 

  • Always work to a plan
  • Know what needs to be achieved in each practice time
  • Know what needs to be achieved in each practice time
  • Small sections practised slowly and thoroughly are always more successful than longer passages given less care
  • Small sections practised slowly and thoroughly are always more successful than longer passages given less care
  • Sometimes begin with the 'difficult bits' rather than starting at the beginning
  • Vary the work to avoid boredom, having other, perhaps easier, pieces to hand
  • Vary the work to avoid boredom, having other, perhaps easier, pieces to hand
  • Sometimes practise playing straight through, noticing the trouble spots and returning to them later
  • Be aware of the pulse - it's dangerously easy to slow up for awkward corners
  • Know when to stop. Focused work for a short period is better than playing through for longer
  • Perfect practice makes perfect!
  • What you can't play slowly you can't play fast
  • The only way to learn to sight read is to sight read
  • Pedal with your ears! (Generally applies to pianists only for obvious reasons)
  • Enjoy what you play - a varied diet is essential
  • When you've finished listening - listen some more!
  • If you get stuck - stop - come back again later and try again.
  • Fill every minute’s practice with 60 seconds of concentration
  • Practise in small chunks
  • Practise the whole ‘performance’ experience – play your exam pieces to friends and family so you experience a few nerves and learn how to cope with them Stop practising if you feel any physical discomfort or pain