MUSIC THEORY

All lessons start with breathing techniques and warm ups before moving on to play music. Choose from classical, contemporary, folk/celtic, pop and film genres or work towards your next grade. For students playing in ensembles, help and advice will also be offered on practising the repertoire.

As well as offering graded exams through ABRSM, we help to prepare and motivate students to achieve their SQA music exams. We have put together specific flute exam packages to help students with every aspect of their preparations in the lead up to the big day. Click here to view our packages.

Music Theory is an important part of a musician’s understanding and so at FSM it is always a part of our lessons, whether this is by working through the ABRSM graded workbooks, by playing games, by improvising and composing or by completing worksheets and puzzles on the topics covered in the tutor books. Instrument specific theory and technique is always taught along the way as part of the lessons.

At Grade 5 level, separate theory workshops are offered in addition to instrumental lessons.

Each session is tailored to help with a particular area of the exam and give extra resources and tuition along the way. Revision sessions and mock tests are given in the lead up to the student sitting the ABRSM Grade 5 theory exam.

ABRSM Theory Grades 6-8 are taught throughout the year to students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the making of music and harmony.

These sessions are of course open to everyone however they are not for the faint hearted - a full understanding of music theory must be demonstrated by proof of a Grade 5 Theory certificate or the willingness to sit a past paper.

Testimonials

The help that I have received has been amazing in preparation for theory and practical piano. Especially during current circumstances with lessons being over zoom I have felt so supported and never felt as though I was any less of a learner because of Covid19. The progress I have made with Hanah is amazing, and there is always lots of encouragement which makes piano lots more fun to learn! A massive thank you for helping me on my journey to becoming the pianist I always wanted to be!
Jodie
Theory and Practical Lessons
Our two children started lessons with Hannah Fleming during lockdown last year. Despite the obvious challenges of using Zoom, the children have continued to progress and Hannah F is a friendly and patient teacher.
Olly
Paino Lessons
I'd always wanted to learn piano but wasn't sure I could in my 40s. I started with books and apps but wasn't really getting anywhere until I started real lessons with Hannah F. I was a bit worried about having lessons with a teacher watching me, but Hannah's patient, friendly style has encouraged and guided me through two method books so far. Whilst a teacher obviously helps me spot note and rhythm errors and so on, Hannah also helps with the softer side - the dynamics of the music - and to be honest, knowing I've got a lesson is a good incentive to practice much more than I would learning alone. So in a year, I've gone from playing "easy" pieces to be able to confidently tackle complex, longer pieces which at first looked truly impossible!
Andy
Piano Lessons

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