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Forty-Seven Students

posted 15 Apr 2017, 09:34 by Chris Morris
Hi everyone, thought I'd take a moment to update the blog with all the latest goings on, as there are a few noteworthy things to write about.

Busy Timetable!

The timetable for lessons has been busy for a long time and has hit a new record this week with 47 students timetabled in for regular lessons. I just want to say a huge thanks to each and every pupil, past and present who has made this happen. When I started Dundee Drum Academy I think I had six or so students, all of whom have since moved on. I don't think I'd ever have thought it would get to this number. Many of you have been coming for years too, so thanks for your support over all of these years, it's a pleasure to have  every one of you.

With the timetable being so full, this has led to some changes too. There is now a waiting list (which is also beginning to fill up!), something I've never had to use before. If you're reading this and would like to be added to the list, there is now a handy form on the Available Lesson Slots page.

Because of the lack of spaces, gift certificates have been temporarily taken off of the site. These may return if there comes a time where there is space for plenty of new people, but I wouldn't want people buying gift certificates and not being able to use them, so they have been removed for now.

One final note about the busy timetable; Dundee Drum Academy continues to not charge for missed lessons as I know in life these things happen, and up until now I've been lucky enough to work with pupils and parents who I share a mutual respect with and who haven't taken advantage of this. However I will now be adapting a policy where if a student misses two lessons without explanation then their place will be freed up for new students. I don't anticipate this happening but wouldn't be fair to those on the waiting list if there was a space they could be coming to.

The Snare Drum Challenge

Huge thanks again to all involved in the first ever Snare Drum Challenge. I'm pleased to confirm that the event will be returning annually and as most people will have noticed I have started a plaque where the highest scorers from each year will be displayed.

Also, there will be a Snare Drum Challenge book each year. The first of these is currently in production and will be available to purchase on the website very soon. Thanks to all of those who pre-ordered.

LTCL Instrumental Teaching

Lastly, I'm pleased to confirm that I now hold an LTCL qualification in Instrumental Teaching. It's been a great year learning more and more about teaching and putting it all into good practice. Thanks to those who have helped with different things towards this. I will keep learning more thanks to all of your brilliant support!

That's all for now, speak to you again soon!