Music Education

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 […]

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 […]

The Double Bass: Big, Bold and Beautiful

The Double Bass: Big, Bold and Beautiful

By Louise Balkwill In this blog post, I will be raving about one of the most important, versatile, best loved but least accredited instruments in western music’s modern (and not so modern) history – yes, that’s right, the Double Bass! The Double Bass (also known […]

100 Years of Jazz: Blues

100 Years of Jazz: Blues

Blues Blog by Louise Balkwill Alongside the evolution of the music from Congo Square in the 19th Century, before the abolition of the slave trade in America, another type of slave music grew in the Southern plantations; Blues. Blues found its origins in the Mississippi […]

100 Years of Jazz: Ragtime

100 Years of Jazz: Ragtime

Ragtime Blog by Louise Balkwill In our last blog, we looked at Congo Square and the origins of Jazz music. Now we visit the 1890’s, when Ragtime appeared in its earliest form. Unlike the earlier music of Congo Square that was passed down aurally from […]

100 Years of Jazz: Part 1 – Congo Square

100 Years of Jazz: Part 1 – Congo Square

Blog by Louise Balkwill 2017 is a very special year for music – it marks 100 years since the release of the first ever jazz recording, “Livery Stable Blues” by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band! Since then, popular music has foxtrotted, swung, bopped, rocked and […]

The Manchester academy is here!

The Manchester academy is here!

Hello, Jess here and I’m very excited to announce that the Manchester Becky Dell Music Academy has arrived in 2017! We’re up and running with two tutors at the moment and have already got our first set of students in the Worsley area. I chose […]