We caught up with MCS violin and piano student Joanne. She has been receiving lessons within our Music Lessons Angus Studio for over a year and receives lessons as part of her HNC in music.
What classes/lessons do you attend and how long for?
I’ve been attending MCS for about a year, I receive both piano and
What were you looking for in your music lessons?
Just to find enjoyment again and with a tutor who was more than
happy to help me improve my performance. It had been a while
since I had lessons (I am 20 and left school in 2018), and coming
to Gill weekly for lessons has not only allowed me to become
more confident in my playing but I’ve improved so much within
the past year and I feel I’ve been pushed to do even better.
Prior to joining MCS, I struggled with my mental health, and
coming back to learning my instruments, it definitely has helped
my moods, and my overall wellbeing.
What are your short term/long term musical goals?
After coming to MLA at the beginning of lockdown last year, I was
inspired to go follow my dreams of studying music. When I was at
school my original plan was to study music but now coming back
to it, since receiving lessons here at MCS I hope to finish my HNC
Music course in May, then head off and complete my HND and
then hopefully BMus Music Education or BMus Music.
Why have you chosen music as a career?
If I’m being honest, I really don’t know.
I think that my school years and the past year here at MCS, I’ve
managed to gain loads of experience and different ways of
learning. I think I’d like to influence young people in the future to
study the subject. It’s just my passion and I feel it helps me
express my emotions.
How has your musicianship/performance skills improved
since starting lessons with MCS?
A massive impact! My knowledge, performance skills and
confidence have all grown more since starting lessons. I love
receiving my lessons each week and is one of my main highlights
each week that keep me going.
Would you recommend MCS to others looking for music
lessons, if so why?
I’d recommend MCS to others looking for music lessons as it
provides a brilliant service, and everyone is so friendly!
How have you found the transition to online lessons during
the pandemic? Has your teacher supported you in learning
Gill has provided an excellent transition to both face to face and
online lessons, as well as support to my learning throughout the
pandemic - I just feel sorry if she has to hear my dogs barking!
Any additional comments you would be willing to share
regarding your experience of learning with Gill or at MCS in
Absolutely amazing tutor and I cannot wait for more fun
adventures in my learning to come. Roll on 2021!