FAQs

  • Where are we based?

    Carlton Cottage
    433 Beehive Lane
    Chelmsford
    Essex
    CM2 8RJ
    UK
    (See Chapel Studio)

    Telephone: (+44) 01245 284407

  • What do we need to equip a class?

    Most schools opt for between 6-20 boards for the children to share, plus a medium or large classroom board, a teachers manual, CD, and some extra sets of magnets.

  • Should all my students have their own board?

    One to one pupils should have their own board, the relevant play book and a CD. They should be encouraged to use the downloads with their boards at home, and board work should be set alongside practice. It is not necessary for all students in a school to have their own board,  one board between two students is ideal but some schools work with a board between 3 or 4 children.

  • When should we aim to enter students for their Stave House Awards?

    In schools – some reception children are ready to take level 1 using tuned percussion by the end of the year. However if the school is teaching Stave House from reception to year 2, they can take level 1 in year 1 and level 2 in year 2. Private students can enter all year round by sending in a video of their performance and if a child begins Stave House lessons at the age of 2 and a half /3 years old – they are normally ready for their level 1 as they are rising 4 years of age.

  • Teachers need to download the syllabus and entry form. Requirements should be dated and ticked off as they are completed and demonstrated by the students, then two of the requirements and a short performance must be filmed. If you are entering a large number of students (i.e. a whole class) we will do our best to find an assessor to travel to your school who can then assess the children in small groups for you and will choose the requirements for each group to demonstrate, or you can book a Skype assessment (6 groups of 2-4 children) in an hour if you are organised and have them ready to perform. 10 minutes per assessment and the children will all get an individual report and certificate.

  • How will my student be assessed?

    The children are not assessed on their technical ability on the instrument they have chosen, but on their musical knowledge and ability to demonstrate that. An assessor will visit your school or you can send in a CD, memory stick or enter via drop box. The children will pass or pass with Distinction.

  • How can I train to become a Stave House teacher?

    We encourage all our teachers to take the LCM Early learning Music teaching Diploma/Stave House method . Download the Advanced tutorial questions free from the shop and work through these in your own time as a preperation for the exam. Some teachers work through the manual on their own and use the website videos for back up. Others attend training days at the studio or book Skype training. For the latest details in training days see News and Events and Training.

  • How do I book a Skype session?

    Email Ruth Travers at: info@stavehouse.co.uk and request a Skype session.

  • Can I just come and take my Diploma without booking a mentoring session the evening before?

  • Yes- no problem, but make sure your video and lesson plan have been entered 2 weeks before the exam to Stave House in Chelmsford.

  • Can I take the Stave House Diploma at my local centre?

  • Yes you can. Preferably e-mail info@stavehouse.co.uk with your entry and the office will book your exam at your specified centre.

  • How do I find a Stave House teacher in my area?

    Find a list of all of our teachers here.

  • How do I become a Stave House Assessor?

    You will need to have successfully taught Stave House for a year and entered your own level 1 and level 2 students with good results and passed the LCM Early Learning Music teaching Diploma Stave House method. You can then apply to become an Assessor.

    You will then attend assessor training to cover expectations, marking, etc. and you will shadow an exisitng Assessor. Successful candidates will then be able to assess for us.

  • Who pays for the exams ?

    Teachers send a letter home to parents of children in the class when they feel they are ready to take their award. The parents are required to pay for the exam, as it is not covered by the school or  the private teacher.

  • Is the Stave House Award a recognised achievement?

    Yes – the certificates for these awards are issued by the London College of Music. The syllabus was written in partnership between Stave House and the London College of Music.

  • What about methods such as Kodaly and Suzuki and Kindermusik ?

    Aural skills are essential to the development of a good musical ear. However – to only be able to play by ear or memory can be very limiting and Stave House is a resource that if used alongside any of these well recognised methods – can only enhance the students musical skills.

  • Most schools do not have a music specialist able to teach Kodaly or Suzuki – whereas most schools can afford the Stave House materials and the method can be taught by non music specialists. Schools using Kindermusik find that they lack  progression where as Stave House preschool classes can easily transfer to  individual music lessons and on to graded examinations seamlessly.

    Stave House students are encouraged to sing everything they play and create from the boards and in their play book and in their tutors – so their sight singing develops well.

    Stave House is not meant to replace any music teaching already existing in schools – it is an excellent resource to add to what you are already doing.

  • What about Suzuki

    As a violinist myself I like the technical exercises and expertise that Suzuki encourages, However – I have a story that illustrates why I do not teach Suzuki and prefer Stave House.

    Several years ago I entered a student for a very well known music festival. My student aged about 10 years old was awarded the silver medal. The gold went to a young boy who was a Suzuki student and performed from memory and played very well. At the end of the session -the adjudicator suggested that it would be fun to all play together before leaving the class. He called all the children up and suggested they played from bar 24 to the end. The Suzuki child could not join in – he stood there having no idea how to be a part of that music making! He had learnt – like a programmed robot from beginning to end but could not do anything else! I prefer my students to explore both – playing from memory – creating their own music – and being able to read music fluently right from the start.

  • Can I train as a teacher or assessor outside of the UK ?

    Yes – Skype training is available to book here.

  • How can I start up my own pre school class.?

    Ask us for headed templates to use as flyers and email invitations.

    you will need a large board and your students will need their own boards. Include the materials -CD/Board and magnets/Tshirt-optional – in the first terms fees. Use the teaching plans available in the shop under downloads for suggestions.

  • How do I get the best results from Stave house ?

    Use the boards for part of your session every week and set follow up to do at home – use the downloadable home practise sheets for your instrument as suggestions.

    Every time you introduce a new note – back it up with the stories, songs and games. It is as important for your student to practise at home with their board as it is to play their pieces.
    Direct them to use the video downloads as back up.
    follow the teaching notes for your beginner students and then go on to use the homework for stave house withLCM steps
    and then progress on to … Stave house board work for grade 1 theory

    Enter your students age 4/6 for stave house award level 1 age 6/7 Stave House award level 2

    then the LCM steps for your instrument or the voice and then go on to the grades.

  • Can we host a Stave House presentation?

    Yes – email info@stavehouse with your plans – pull together colleagues we will share the cost of the hosting with you .