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Fantastic Beasts and The Woman of Many Talents…

Fantastic Beasts and The Woman of Many Talents…

As if J K Rowling hadn’t already made it abundantly clear that she is an extraordinary woman – a world famous author of one of the biggest book and movie franchises the world has ever seen, generous philanthropist and campaigner and now, it turns out, […]

Pope’s Percussive Preferences…a guide to your first drum kit.

Pope’s Percussive Preferences…a guide to your first drum kit.

By Harry Pope, BDMA Drum Tutor. Hello Hello! I’m Harry and I’m Becky’s resident maker of noise. Or drummer. Take your pick. This short blog post will be about selecting a drum kit, geared mainly towards the beginner side of things. Okay, so when looking […]

Cable and Amps and Mics – oh my!

Cable and Amps and Mics – oh my!

Amplification of your instrument and/or voice (By Ronald) Some instruments can’t be heard without an amplifier. An electric guitar, an electric bass guitar, a digital piano or a keyboard: you can’t hear them (very well) unless you plug them in. Acoustic instruments can be played […]

Harry Potter and the Magical Score

Harry Potter and the Magical Score

By Meg… We at the Becky Dell office recently went, purely as research of course, to the Warner Bros Studio tour on the making of Harry Potter. Sorry..? No, no Becky riding a broomstick was crucial to our research…yes, absolutely. It is phenomenal to see […]

The Piano That Plays Itself…

The Piano That Plays Itself…

By Meg…. Did you hear the tale of the piano who played itself? Yes, it may sound like the beginning of a fairytale but no! I really ask you – have you heard of the Steinway Spirio Piano?? I am terribly conflicted. On one hand […]

Metronomes – Why and Which One?!

Metronomes – Why and Which One?!

By Meg Ella I’m sure at some point or another we have all been told by our music teachers to practice with a metronome. It may seem tedious at first but there are actually multiple benefits to doing regular practice with our little clicking friends, […]

Piano Stools – What, where and why?

Piano Stools – What, where and why?

It may not seem like a big part of playing the piano but you would be surprised how much of a difference a proper piano stool can make. Firstly, and in the simplest terms, we are all different sizes and the pianos – they are […]

The Music Bug

The Music Bug

You may or may not be a fan of the bugs in your backyard and perhaps even join the many whom often have a completely irrational fear of all things crawly. However, their is no denying their magnificent make up, as their minuscular proportions present […]

Professional Development Day at BDMA!

Professional Development Day at BDMA!

On Monday 11th June 2016 Becky and some of the tutors at BDMA were lucky enough to spend a few hours learning from one of our country’s most exceptional music educationalists, Professor Derek Aviss OBE. After a diverse career as a soloist and ensemble cellist, […]

End of an era…the Jurassic one!

End of an era…the Jurassic one!

How do you mark the end of a 11 year pupil/tutor relationship..? By dressing up in a T-rex costume and playing Jurassic Park on the piano, of course! This summer marks the end of 11 years of music making for Becky Dell and piano student […]