What the teaching practice offers:
- A training in music for children and adults where first-class individual instrumental piano and music theory tuition is given.
- An integrated music curriculum comprising musicianship training, aural development (ear training) and theoretical studies.
- To encourage students with opportunities for wider music study, informing not only their instrumental piano training, but giving them a range of options for future development in music, should this be required.
- To provide a friendly and interesting atmosphere in which to study music; learning music can be fun as well as serious.
- Parents of children the chance to remain in lessons and stay with their child. There is seating in the teaching studio for just one adult; this can encourage a child and allow a parent to observe tuition in progress. Some parents, however, may wish to leave their child if they feel he/she will accomplish more on their own. A flexible approach is always operated with the individual student’s needs of paramount importance.
- To create a sense of enthusiasm and motivation and to encourage regular practice time and work at home.
- To support and inspire all students to develop the widest possible range of musical skills and experience: to encourage listening to music in addition to performance.
- To give students valued musical experiences, expressing ideas and feelings for which words are often inadequate.
- To ensure that students learn to manage their time properly and to appreciate the value of music.
- To provide teaching that is well-informed. Music and learning to play an instrument can help to promote the development of personal and social skills and increase confidence and concentration.
- To facilitate music’s contribution to a student’s personal development and sense of well-being; personal enrichment; self-awareness; self-discipline; self-confidence and self-esteem; all of which have a wider application and transferability to life in general.
- To help students understand that music contributes towards emotional relief, relaxation, social cohesiveness and has proven therapeutic effects: by the same token, it is well respected that music is both an academic and practical subject which involves mathematical thinking; physical coordination and spatial reasoning; great music is truly spiritual; music is rooted in historical tradition and context; it is multi-cultural; artistic; creative; and aesthetic.
Dr Michael Spacie writes:-
“I firmly believe that music is an art and a professional vocation; music is there to enrich everyone’s life. I have received extensive training as a pianist and musician and it is my duty to pass these skills and knowledge onto others who are interested in the same.
When searching for a music tutor, it is important to realise and be aware that music teachers in private practice are at present unregulated and thus it is possible to have teachers advertising that are not qualified in music specialty. It is wise to look for qualifications in music such as LRSM, LTCL and LLCM as all of these demonstrate and guarantee a high degree of instrumental specialism and thus create a high-skill level to pass on to the student during their learning on whatever level the student is at. The LRSM in particular is notoriously difficult to achieve and thus not so many people hold this performance qualification: is worthy of note and also with this qualification you have to be successful with a viva voce and thus a candidate most certainly needs to know what they are doing. Furthermore, my title of ‘Dr’ is in no way connected with the medical profession. I have a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Music); or perhaps put more simply – a doctorate in music.
In addition, the teaching practice is an established and successful music tutoring service for the people of Rotherham, Sheffield and the South Yorkshire area. It has been established since February 1987 and exists to offer a high quality instrumental training and instruction in the piano within the context of an all-round music education whatever the level: beginner-foundation-intermediate-advanced (grade 8)-diploma. Success has been achieved with students at all these levels. The teaching practice accepts students from approximately 7 years upwards. Absolute beginners are welcome, adults or children, whatever level is sought for achievement. I also like students to call me ‘Mike’ or ‘Michael’: it generates a more relaxed and easy atmosphere conducive to learning: I like to be inspirational, informal and friendly and produce an environment where students are not afraid to make mistakes or be themselves.”