Lockdown is a challenging time, and we are all getting used to a different way of doing things.  However, there is no need for your music lessons to grind to a halt and every reason to continue a life enhancing skill and hone it to higher levels.

For anyone wishing to continue their Clarinet Lessons Via Zoom whether you are current or new students, I am here to help my music students carry on with their Clarinet lessons during this difficult time.

Offering to teach Clarinet lessons via Zoom (or indeed Skype) at home is enabling me to keep in touch with my students old and new.  As my current students know, a lesson lasts around 30 minutes.

Zoom may be a novel way of passing on a clarinet lesson, but it is working well with my students, so far.  I encourage you to find a quiet corner of the house (not everyone has a music room and there may be other family members around, but please try to warn them it`s happening!) set up your laptop or computer camera so that we can hear and see each other and once you have entered the log in details I will send you, we can get our lesson started!

Online music tuition is an exciting opportunity to continue supporting my valued students in Norfolk, Suffolk or indeed around the World helping me to pass on all my skills and experience obtained throughout my life as a musician and performer.

As a teacher I have been pleased to be part of the excellent Music Teaching team here in Norfolk - at Norwich SchoolNCYM (Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians) and the Norfolk Music ServiceNCYM is a Saturday Music School here in the City of Norwich (one of of only five CYM Music Academies here in the UK directed by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, one of the World`s leading Conservatoires).  That was before the current epidemic, but one day soon our lives will hopefully return to something resembling normal, and we can then continue with one-to-one tuition and lessons. 

So let us not waste this valuable time.  I am offering tuition on Clarinet lessons via Zoom and also Skype to pupils keen to keep up their music and I promise you will not regret this time!  Whether you are a beginner or have achieved Diploma standard continuing to keep up your music practice routine with lessons from home will improve your playing and take our minds off the current difficult situation in which we all find ourselves.

I also teach, Flute, Saxophone, Piano & Music Theory (from beginner to Grade 8 standard).  Advanced pupils of mine have achieved top prizes in the past in local, regional and national music festivals and competitions. These include the Norfolk County Music FestivalNorfolk Young Musician of the Year.

Further pupils have also been awarded places at Music Academies and famous Conservatoires such as: Guildhall School of Music & DramaRoyal Academy of MusicRoyal Birmingham ConservatoireRNCM & Trinity Laban (for Classical as well as Jazz Programmes of Study) as well as Youth Programmes within the National Youth Jazz Collective and Aldeburgh Young Musicians.

In addition to individual lessons I previously also directed Jazz & Saxophone Ensembles at Norwich School & NCYM and we look forward to restarting these as soon as possible.

It was a great pleasure to see that one of my pupils reached the woodwind semi-finals in Cardiff in 2014 in the BBC Young Musician competition.  My hope and prayer is that all my students will achieve their personal best and that their music will open doors for them in years to come.

So let us not allow Covid 19 to call a halt to all our normal activities.  We may be sitting at home indoors to save the NHS, but we can all continue our musical journeys - so contact me to continue your clarinet lessons via Zoom (or Skype), whether you are a current student or a new student, and contact me to send you a link to the lesson at the agreed time.  Please try and arrange a quiet corner of the house and set up your laptop or computer camera so that we can all see and help each other.

With my very best wishes... for the health and happiness of all my students and their families.  David Fitzgerald.