FAQs

FAQ’s

MusicStation offers high quality contemporary music education in schools and at our studios in Tonbridge. MusicStation has been open for just over 4 years and has carried out over 65,000 lessons to satisfied customers. We currently have approximately 500 students aged between 3-92 attending weekly lessons.

Musical Styles 

We specialise in all modern styles of music including rock, pop, soul, R&B, reggae, EDM, metal etc etc …

Instruments 

We currently teach guitar, ukulele (great for small children), piano/ keyboards, drums, bass, singing, sax, flute, recorder, clarinet, songwriting, music technology and music theory.

Students are required to bring their own musical instruments (with the exception of piano and drums) to each lesson. We have two MusicStation electric guitars, an electric bass, a ukulele and one acoustic guitar available for lessons or for students who are trying out a new instrument.

Drums are taught on the excellent Roland TD11 kits. This greatly reduces the volume and enables a much more effective teaching session. Students can play together with their tutor using headphones and not disturb each other. We stock drum practice pads and sticks for purchase.

Keyboards/ Piano is taught on the Roland FD80 and FD20. These keyboards have an excellent touch and feel and always impress students who are used to acoustic pianos. There are also a great range of organ/ Rhodes and synth sounds required for modern styles of music.

MusicStation can advise you on instrument purchases and help get a good discount through our partners UCan Play. Contact our office to find out more.

Ages 

Children (as young as 4) and adults are all welcome, it’s never too late to start.

Tutors 

Our tutors are all trained to deliver high quality lessons and follow a recognised syllabus. They are all DBS checked.

Small Group Tuition 

We mainly teach group lessons wherever possible as it encourages teamwork, develops the ability to perform in front of others and to learn from each other.

The students enjoy working together, and group lessons also help to encourage regular practice because students do not want to fall behind.

Group sizes range between 2 – 6. The MusicStation method encourages all students to play together during lessons, so all students will get a full lesson of playing their instrument. Occasionally headphones can also be used to work individually if necessary.

Free Trial 

All students can have a free 20 minute trial lesson to meet the tutor, check the level of playing or meet a new group.

Lesson Times 

Lessons are available at MusicStation from 11 am – 9pm Monday to Friday and from 9.30 – 3.00pm Saturdays. Sundays may become available if we there are enough interested students.

If we do not have a time available that suits you, we can put you on a waiting list and get you started as soon as we can.

Workshops 

We offer regular band workshops to develop your live performance skills.

Gigs 

We also have a regular slot for original singer songwriters at the Paul Dunton nights at the Grey Lady in Tunbridge Wells. Let us know if you would like to play.

Invoice Information 

“BK Drums Yr 1 Initial Grade” (Example Lesson Title)

All group lessons are labelled by tutor BK (Ben Killick), instrument (Drums), school year group (Year 1 – where applicable) and level (Trinity Initial Grade). All of our tutors are listed on our website.

If your lesson is by arrangement with of the schools we work with there will be a two letter school code and possibly a group number as well, for example PH (Phil Hodge), CG (Cage Green), Group 1, Yr 1 Gr 1 “.

School Codes:

CG – Cage Green Primary.

SL – Slade Primary.

KH – Kings Hill Primary.

SP – Skinners Primary.

HV – Hillview

HB – Hayesbrook Secondary.

WG – Weald of Kent Grammar.

SK – Skinners Kent Academy.

SH – Skippers Hill

GS – Groombridge Primary School

Recording Sessions 

Our studio can be used to record bands, Karaoke singing sessions or be used for music technology lessons.

Reading Music 

Our tutors are happy to teach with or without standard notation, most students pick up reading skills without too much trouble.

Practice 

MusicStation tutors would all appreciate each student undertaking regular daily practice.

You will get lots of guidance from your teacher, but without regular practice progress is likely to be slow! We recommend starting at 15 – 20 mins a day for primary school children, 20-30 minutes a day for 11-13 yr olds, 30-40 minutes a day for older/ more advanced students. Please see the MusicStation Practice Guide for more information.

Resources 

All students may need to purchase music books, graded exam books and manuscript paper etc. as guided by their tutor. Please note, for legal reasons concerning copyright, we cannot issue photocopies where the student has not purchased the appropriate book.

Musicstation has all the Trinity Rock & Pop grade books that you might need to purchase in stock.

Exams 

MusicStation recommends the Trinity Rock and Pop syllabus for graded examinations. This syllabus contains real songs from new and classic rock & pop artists and has proved to be very popular. It is fully accredited and attracts UCAS points from Grade 6 and above. All Trinity exams are actually taken at MusicStation because we are the exam centre for this area. MusicStation tutors have acted as lead consultants for the new Trinity Rock & Pop syllabus released Sept 2018, and have an in-depth knowledge of all the exam songs.

More information can be found at www.trinityrock.com

We can also offer other exam boards if more appropriate for the student.

Playing Ability and Exam Entries 

Our tutors are experienced in assessing students’ playing ability and placing them in the correct group/ grade. Previously passed grades are not always a good indicator of playing ability. Some students have worked hard at a grade to pass, but may have missed some essential foundations in their technique. We will closely monitor each student’s progress in the group sessions and if anyone is struggling too much with the level or finding it too easy, we can move them to a more suitable group.

Too much pressure to move through the grades quickly can inhibit creativity and cause stress. We are all very experienced in knowing when it is the right time for grade exams and in deciding which grade to take. We believe that students should only take exams when they have fully attained the appropriate level of experience, skills and technique on their instrument. Exams taken too early can be detrimental to the student’s confidence and will not help to prepare for the next grade. Cramming lots of extra lessons in before exams is also a bad idea as it causes stress to students and teachers alike. Usually a one-off “mock” exam should be sufficient.