11 Sep 2023 – 20 Oct 2023
30 Oct 2023 – 15 Dec 2023
25, 26, 27 Dec 2023
01 Jan 2024
03 Jan 2024 – 09 Feb 2024
15 Feb 2024 – 22 Mar 2024
29 Mar 2024 01 Apr 2024
15 Apr 2024 – 24 May 2024
03 Jun 2024 – 01 Jul 2024
End of year make up weeks: 01 – 26 July
06, 27 May 2024
Teaching is our core activity, whether you want to sing or learn to play an instrument, enjoy music with other people in a choir or learn about the History of Music.
Our door is open to everyone and we offer individual tuition to all ages and abilities.
We talk to every student, so that we can find the right musician to support their musical journey, whether that journey is simply for pleasure, making music, or to realise a professional dream.
We welcome pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
Our Early Years provisions are an excellent introduction for your baby or infant to experience sound and music, also providing valuable bonding time for parents.
We find that our tuition is also very compatible with pupils who are Home Educated.
Lessons are provided at the Dorset Rural Music School, via zoom, or in your home, (home teaching by special arrangement and subject to availability). We work on a termly basis, charging at the beginning of term prior to commencement.
Your learning journey is our priority and we are happy to facilitate methods of payment which best suit your circumstances. We have a limited number of bursaries available and we enjoy welcoming pupils of all ages and abilities.
We are flexible in our approach to teaching, providing weekly, fortnightly or occasional lessons, according to your circumstances.
20 minutes: £14.00 30 minutes: £21.00 45 minutes: £31.50 60 minutes: £42.00 90 minutes: £63.00
Home visits will be charged according to mileage.
We also provide regular lessons via zoom.
We have an excellent team of teaching staff covering a broad spectrum of instruments and genres. We are welcoming new tutors all the time, so if there is an instrument that you want to study, not on our current list, please do enquire anyway.
All our staff are professionals, DBS checked, welcoming and highly experienced.
Dr. Richard Hall (ABRSM examiner)
Dr. Richard Hall
SINGING/ VOCAL COACHING
Fiddle: Colin Thompson
Pipes, Whistle: Alastair Simpson
Bagpipes: Lyndon Wall
Classical: Christopher Daly. (Adjudicator member, British Federation of Music Festivals)
Pop and Rock inc. Keyboards: Dan Kelleher
Pop and Rock: John Watts
Trombone, Trumpet: Kevin Morgan
French Horn, Trumpet, Euphonium: Ruth Spicer
Tuba, Tenor Horn: Andrew Cresci
Flute, Piccolo, Recorder: Catherine Wall
Oboe, Cor Anglais: Ellen Marsden
Clarinet, E flat Clarinet, Saxophone: Neyire Ashworth
Saxophone: Lucy Martin
Violin: Naomi Brenton
Viola: Richard Willetts
Cello: Michael Moorsom
Cello: Emily Burridge
Double Bass: David Daly
Drum Kit: Dan Kelleher
Orchestral Percussion: Harry Malabar
Samba, African Drumming: Harry Malabar
We are committed to encouraging orchestral training and welcome instrumentalists of all abilities.
ACADEMIC STUDIES IN MUSIC
THEORY of MUSIC
Dr. Richard Hall
Music Theory is taught through instrumental and singing lessons, we also encourage pupils to explore their own potential to write music.
In addition to our basic provision, we teach Theory of Music as a subject. This is particularly helpful for pupils working their way through ABRSM Grades, facilitating a smooth progression from Grade 5 Practical through to Grade 8. (ABRSM Grade 6 practical examinations require Grade 5 ABRSM Theory as a pre-requisite)
Dr. Richard Hall
For those pupils interested in receiving a traditional grounding in the roots of Classical Music, we provide lessons in Harmony as a subject.
Dr. Richard Hall
We welcome pupils to explore Composition as a subject and we provide lessons in this for all levels of ability, with opportunities for performance and recording of works as part of the learning experience.
Please enquire via email, phone or appointment.
We are an ABRSM and Trinity venue, hosting sessions throughout the year.
Several of our staff are examiners for both the Associated Board and Trinity. We are well placed to prepare any candidates who might wish to have a ‘practise run.’
We can also support preparation for auditions and GCSE Practical elements.
We are rolling out all kinds of Early Years provision with possible venues across the county. If you would like us to start a group in your area, please contact Ellen
Ellen Marsden Creative Project Manager
Remote learning on zoom is available for most instruments at the usual teaching rate. This can be in circumstances such as covid related isolation, but also for pupils working away from home, or pupils who do not live in Dorset but wish to learn with a specific teacher.
Please make all enquiries to the office.
Lead Therapist: Mary-Clare Fearn: HCPC Registered Music Therapist.
Neurologic Music Therapist.
Music Therapy is one of the services available at the Dorset Rural Music School.
Music Therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention, delivered by HCPC registered music therapists to help people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability through supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs.
Music Therapists draw upon the innate qualities of music to support people of all ages and abilities and at all stages of life; from helping new born babies develop healthy bonds with their parents, to offering vital, sensitive and compassionate palliative care at the end of life.
Central to how Music Therapy works is the therapeutic relationship that is established and developed, through engagement in live musical interaction and play between a therapist and client. A wide range of musical styles and instruments can be used, including the voice, and the music is often improvised. Using music in this way enables clients to create their own unique musical language in which to explore and connect with the world and express themselves.
If you would like to know more or to arrange an initial consultation with Mary-Clare Fearn, our lead therapist, please contact Ellen.
More information about music therapy in the UK can be found on the British Association for Music Therapy website: https://www.bamt.org
Appointments are available at the Dorset Rural Music School or in your home.