E-MusicMaestro: love music - love learning
We believe that everyone who learns music deserves top quality, online resources. Here's what E-MusicMaestro can offer you, whether you are a parent, a teacher, a child or an adult student!
Aural Test Training - listening is important!
- All instruments and singing - Try it FREE! (useful for ABRSM & Trinity exams)
Piano Sight Reading - books and online training
- Improve your Sight Reading - buy Learn to Sight Read books or learn online - Try it FREE!
... Or read on to find out more about us ...
No matter how old you are, which instrument you are learning and what you play, many of the same, basic elements apply to your performance, such as controlling the sound, getting the notes and rhythms right and playing or singing with appropriate musical detail. If you are learning for fun (and we hope you are!) and if you are also taking an exam, learning and practising musical skills will enhance your performance.
Everyone on the E-MusicMaestro team is a successful professional musician. We are highly qualified, experienced performers, examiners and teachers who work with students of all ages and abilities so, if you are a teacher, let us guide you in developing your skills and knowledge. We are also parents, so we understand that you want your child to experience joy and success as a musician and we are here to help you. All our resources are tried, tested and pre-loved by real children.
Please explore and find out what we can do for you - information is FREE at E-MusicMaestro so we hope you'll read our blog articles for parents, students and teachers. We charge only for active learning resources.
Here is a little bit more about us ...
Sandy Holland LRSM (piano) BEd(hons) MEd (Music & Cognitive Psychology)
Music educator, performance examiner, writer, co-director of E-MusicMaestro
Teaching has always been at the heart of my varied career as a musician. A Nottingham University Masters graduate in music, education and cognitive psychology, I began my career teaching classroom music to children ranging from seven up to eighteen years and, at that time, I enjoyed conducting choirs, accompanying and staging musicals and concerts. My last, full-time post was director of music in a large comprehensive school. I had lots of fun as a classroom teacher, particularly with the younger children but, eventually, I decided to focus on what I loved best - piano teaching. As well as teaching privately, I have taught piano in state schools, public schools, a military sixth form college, a college of further education and two universities.
I began A Level performance examining for OCR in 1999 and, a few years later, became a lecturer in music education at Edge Hill University and at the University of Cumbria. I have been a grade and diploma examiner for Trinity College London and I now examine for ABRSM. Since 2010 I have been co-director of E-MusicMaestro. I write or edit much of the textual content, as well as contributing to the creation of the musical development resources and overseeing the promotion and communication aspects of the business. It's an exciting project - I have learned many new skills and I'm enjoying helping students, teachers and parents by passing on my knowledge and love of music, teaching and learning.
The most satisfying aspect of my career is probably my contribution to the lives of aspiring musicians through teaching, examining, published academic articles and online resources. I have enabled many of my pupils to fulfil their dreams of studying music at universities and major music colleges, eventually becoming professional musicians themselves. Sometimes they get in touch and say lovely things about the time when I was their teacher.
- British Journal of Music Education
- The Music Teacher
- Primary Music Today
- EPTA UK Journal
Peter Noke GMusRNCM (Hons) PPRNCM (distinction)
Music educator, performer, performance examiner, co-director of E-MusicMaestro
I am enjoying a very lucky musical career. I say 'lucky' because it's all down to who you meet on the road of learning, how they inspire you and how you overcome inevitable set-backs. As a child I often imagined 'becoming famous' (who doesn't ?) ! In reality I think that the greatest fulfilment came down to feeling valued for what I did musically and from being able to give something deeply meaningful back, at both an artistic and a teaching level.
Highlights of my career as a pianist and organist, with an interest also in jazz, included recording for Hyperion and BBC Radio 3. As an arranger and composer I worked on projects for Howard Jones, recording at the famous Abbey Road Studios with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the original theme music for the 1980's Celebration Series for Granada TV. Having friends and family who are successful in the wider musical world, ranging from pop to opera, has made for an even richer musical experience, based on sharing of musical interest along with a desire to do one's best.
I have probably learnt most through teaching and mentoring others. In addition to a network of colleagues around the globe I have had over 25 years of examining, mentoring and presenting for ABRSM. I have come away from that knowing just how much the playing of a musical instrument means to each person. It is often an immense challenge, sometimes one which overwhelms us and leads to negative cycles of learning patterns; as a pianist, that place can feel very lonely.
As learners, we need to feel inspired, cajoled and supported along the way. That's why E-MusicMaestro sprang to life: to find ways to put the learning experience into meaningful practice, creating resources of the highest quality and not giving up on the challenges to make best use of technology and communication online. I'm fortunate to be in the driving seat of E-MusicMaestro, fulfilling my creativity through video productions and sound recordings. I teach piano and am chapel organist at Sedbergh School, I perform two piano concerts with a long-time friend and colleague, Julian Hellaby, and examine on all panels for ABRSM.
It's all a long way from the heady student days at the RNCM, and even longer from the first visit at five years old, with my father, to a lady who taught the piano !
Janet Noakes GMusRNCM LTCL CTABRSM
Music educator, piano skills contributor at E-MusicMaestro
Based in Edinburgh since 2001, and previously in London and Brussels, I currently teach piano, musicianship and theory to around 45 students of all ages, with special emphasis on maximising individual enjoyment and relevance. I am a Professional member of EPTA (UK) and have been a contributor to E-Music Maestro since 2010.
An early ambition to become a concert pianist led me to gain a performance diploma before I left school for the Royal Northern College of Music. There I found a long queue of other pianists ahead of me with the same idea, which was rather off-putting, so I studied a broader range of academic musical subjects including history and musicology. I also took a big interest in early music, playing the viola da gamba and harpsichord. After graduating with honours I took a ten-year break from the music profession by joining the UK Civil Service. This gave me many insights I still use in my teaching, especially how to choose one’s words, how to organise paperwork, and how to acquire and instil confidence. It also provided a salary, something I felt was a top priority at that stage in my life. Upon moving to Brussels I relaunched my musical career on the amateur scene and this quickly led to a growing teaching practice among the English speaking communities there. Now in Edinburgh, I have a hectic life of teaching and family management.