Student Resources

Help with Practice

 

The key to success as a musician is very simple: practice! Your teacher shows you how to do something and you repeat it until it feels easy and your piece of music sounds good.

In reality, practising can be hard. It’s tough to keep motivated when something is difficult or you’re having a bit of a bad week. 

We have loads of tricks and tips to help make things easier though and are thrilled to introduce the lastest addition to Heron Music Tuition, the exciting practice app, Tonara.

Tonara makes practising a breeze. With built in rewards and ways to keep in touch with your teacher between lessons, you can be confident that your practice is efficient, productive and lots of fun.

Tonara listens to your practice session and awards points, with extra points and stickers available from your teacher. Compare your playing to your teacher’s recordings, download resources help you succeed and lots more.

When you sign up for lessons, your tutor will send you login details so you can get started with Tonara straight away. Check out the video below to see how it works!

 

“Practice makes perfect and with the Tonara app, you can track your progress through tasks and stay motivated.”

 

Opportunities to perform

We love to help students share their music with others and make the most of all opportunities to perform. At Heron Music Tuition we have helped our students gain the skills and confidence to perform at gigs, concerts, festivals, auditions, exams and so much more. 

Due to Covid-19, opportunities to perform are thin on the ground at the moment though we will let you all know as soon as that changes. We are busy making plans to get everyone performing and from 2021 we hope to offer regular student concerts and recitals so everyone has the chance to play. 

 

  • Join a band, group or ensemble
  • Play with others to improve your skills
  • Build your confidence 
  • Have fun!

Playing with other musicians

 

Playing with other musicians is one of the great joys of learning an instrument. Whether you want to play in a group, band, or orchestra or sing in a choir, making music with others helps you learn to listen and reinforces key musical skills such as beat, rhythm and pitch.

If you’re already a student and want help to create your own band or group, we can give you the tools you need to get started. From 2021 we will be offering Join The Band workshops where you can find others and have a great day making music. Whatever you’ve got in mind, let us know and we’ll do what we can to help.

Derbyshire Music Hub welcome musicians from across the county to join in their groups and activities. Check out their website to find out more details.

We also have long list of local ensembles for you to join. Whatever style you enjoy, and whether you’re a beginner or advanced musician, we encourage you to get stuck in and have fun. 

Paying it forward

We are extremely lucky to work as professional musicians and love nothing more than helping others starting out in their careers. But being a musician is a uniquely challenging path and sometimes performers, teachers, composers and technicians need a helping hand. 

Without the assistance of Help Musicians UK, a charity dedicated to helping musicians in times of need, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We are incredibly grateful for their support and know that, more than ever, they are needed by musicians all over the United Kingdom.

For more than 100 years, the charity has helped musicians just starting out in their careers right the way through to retirement and at key career milestones. Their dedicated staff help with health challenges both mental and physical, including giving support to musicians suffering from hearing loss. They provide financial help for musicians in times of crisis as well as specialised career guidance.

We are pleased to nominate Help Musicians UK as our charity and hope that you will consider supporting them by making a donation through their website by clicking the logo below. Any money raised from our student concerts and recitals will be donated to the Help Musicians UK as soon as we’re able to perform again.