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Interview with Puppini Sister Kate Mullins

Interview with Puppini Sister Kate Mullins

Q: When did you decide that you wanted to be a professional musician? A: In that weird sort of way that kids seem to know what really makes them happy, I always imagined I’d be a musician and that one day I’d have a record […]

100 Years of Jazz: The Prohibition

100 Years of Jazz: The Prohibition

The Prohibition Blog by Louise Balkwill As what we have come to know as “Traditional Jazz” grew in popularity and spread from New Orleans across the whole of America, new inventions and political changes also began to shape the music. The Prohibition in the United […]

100 Years of Jazz: Microphone Singers

100 Years of Jazz: Microphone Singers

Microphone Singers Blog by Louise Balkwill Until the 1920′, singing was a very different art; There were no microphones suitable for singing, so if you wanted to be a singer you had to be able to project your voice in a way that made it […]

Noteworthy People: Claude Debussy

Noteworthy People: Claude Debussy

by Jess The year 2018 marks 100 years since the death of one of the most prominent composers of Impressionist music – Claude Debussy. A French composer, Debussy was in fact the first Impressionist composer, the musical style running alongside the art form Impressionism. The […]

The Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding

By Becky If like us you watched with delight at the Royal Wedding on Saturday, you might have noticed some rather fabulous bits of music. I was blown away their choices, encompassing classical and modern, representing their personal approach very well. It was great to […]

Noteworthy People: Eddie Jefferson

Noteworthy People: Eddie Jefferson

by Jess Noteworthy People: Eddie Jefferson   Renowned for his creation of the Vocalese, Eddie Jefferson was a prominent jazz vocalist and lyricist throughout the 50s and 60s until he died in May 1979 (a dancer he once hired, and then fired, shot him outside […]

For Musicians From Musicians: Tutors, Mentors and why you need both

For Musicians From Musicians: Tutors, Mentors and why you need both

Tutors, Mentors and Why You Need Both by the BDMA Tutors TUTOR noun 1. a person employed to instruct another in some branch or branches of learning, especially a private instructor. MENTOR noun 1. a wise and trusted counselor or teacher. What is the difference between tutor […]

Introducing Our New Tutors!

Introducing Our New Tutors!

Over the past few months as our academy has grown, we’ve been delighted to welcome seven wonderful new tutors to our happy team, six in London and one in Manchester.  We can’t wait for you to meet them, so here’s a little online introduction… If this […]

100 Years of Jazz: Traditional Jazz

100 Years of Jazz: Traditional Jazz

Traditional Jazz Blog by Louise Balkwill If you have been following this blog series, you have read about ragtime music – a genre of piano-based music played from sheet music for high society. You will have also heard some blues – heavily improvised music, used […]

Noteworthy People – Jóhann Jóhannsson

Noteworthy People – Jóhann Jóhannsson

by Jess For this edition of Noteworthy People, we want to celebrate the beautiful compositions of Jóhann Jóhannsson who sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago. Jóhann Jóhannsson was an Icelandic composer renowned for his music for screen.  If you don’t know the name […]