Everybody is raving about
the Stave House method!
We love hearing from all of our parents, happy pupils and teachers alike.
In my many years of working in music education, I have had experience of all the best known systems for music learning with very young children. I can truthfully, and enthusiastically, say that Stave House is the most impressive of all. Here are some of the reasons: children love the content and the wonderful materials; it is a comprehensive and integrate learning system, which starts at the beginning, and extends upwards in a seamless manner; it teaches notation, sight reading and playing, encourages creativity, and unites performance with musical literacy. Overall, it enables children to have access to the language of music, something they will use throughout their lives.
Professor John Howard, Director of Examinations LCM.BA PhD.
“Joshua Brown examined some of the first Stave House candidates and made the following comments after their assessments;
The work displayed by these academically non-selective groups is impressive. Ruth has developed a highly professional scheme of work and her aims and objectives are educationally sound. All the children are given structured learning which is significantly above the National average for their cohort. They understand and enjoy what they are taught, and the outcome is musical accomplishment of high calibre. I saw positive reinforcement throughout the sessions and an all-inclusive involvement by the children. It was abundantly clear they are acquiring excellent musicianship skills. I cannot endorse and commend Ruth’s achievements and aspirations too highly.”
Joshua Brown, Examiner for London College of Music:-
“Her system is beautifully and intuitively designed so that he is skipping through the early stages of music theory without realising he is learning. Not only is the Stave House method excellent, but also this matches the quality of her teaching. She provides bespoke lessons and responds to our son’s interests, activity levels and whims. For example, he enjoys conducting, no problem as he becomes the conductor and she plays violin! We have never had to force, or even encourage our son to attend lessons, concentrate during class or practise at home as he does all these activities willingly. We are sure that this will provide the foundation of a lifetime of contented music making.”
Rebecca Watkinson – Parent of a young student writes about Ruth’s Stave House method
“When I was told about this supposedly magical musical method where pretty much anyone could learn how to read, write and play music, I was somehow sceptical or uncertain the way it would be done. But the thing is, the knowledge is not only gained in a short period of time, but also in a non-boring way for children to engage in the activities and participate. Now that I have been able to witness the Stave House Method in action and observe the ways in which it is carried out, I am very impressed and surprised at the effectiveness that will give the wished results. The Stave House’s way means that the children are not only learning, but also playing and being told stories, being encouraged to imagine and create. I have never liked music because of the fact that you have to learn how to read it and go through the whole process of learning the different musical notes. However after a week of observation, as an 18 year old non-musical student, I now believe in music again thanks to the Stave House method.“
“Taking the course for the Stave House was beneficial since I observed a lot. Not only do I now understand Stave House better, but I’ve also learnt new ideas and ways of approaching children of different ages. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet great new people! I strongly believe that the course for Stave House is needed and I definitely recommend it to other teachers since one day course is not enough! Thank you Mr and Mrs Travers for offering me the opportunity to have such a great experience!!”
“Ruth this all sounds very exciting and, again, I have to congratulate you for your wonderful “Stave House” methodology and pedagogy. Teaching children to read and write music MUST start at an early age, as soon as they pick up an instrument, it must all run parallel. Waiting until they have achieved a few practical grade exams is too late and by the time they enter the secondary music classroom, well, it’s too late; their interests lie elsewhere and the music teacher’s job gets much harder.”
Yiannis Christophides, Professional violinist writes
“Indeed music is terribly limited if there is no understanding. I came all the way from Botswana, Gaborone to the UK just to see what is done here in Stave House. I came to understand that this school of music is a life saviour because it has redeemed me from music-less to music-full. For the past 15 years I have been a musician who couldn’t read music, that was until I was introduced to Stave House which has now enabled me to read and write music with so much unshakeable confidence and love through harmless and friendly methods. I would like to encourage those that are out there to have a look into what Stave House has got and trust me, you shall never regret why you chose it. It will change your music form at an instant, I guarantee you that it is really worth it because for myself it has taken only 2 consecutive days to understand reading and writing music.”
Lesang Serj Kelebonye –
“Thank you for inviting the Mayoress and me to see your Children’s Music Educational Workshop at the Cramphorn Theatre today. The children were obviously enjoying the workshop and I am sure it will have developed into a full scale performance this afternoon. Your Stave House method of teaching very young children to read music is ingenious and will introduce them earlier to the joys of music.”
Trevor Miller, Mayor of Chelmsford
“Senior Examiner for the London College of Music Elaine Smith hosted a Stave house workshop for 10 colleagues in Norfolk after being so impressed with the sight reading skills of the Stave House trained children she examined for LCM grades summer 2013.
All 10 teachers bought Stave House and Elaine wrote -“it’s fantastic – I’m totally Committed” she also went to to tell us that she used stave house with a year 2 flute student and in just 20 mins the students understanding of sight reading had improved so much that in an exam her score would have gone up from 6 to 9 !”
LCM SENIOR EXAMINER, ELAINE SMITH LOVES STAVE HOUSE
We would like to pass on our enormous thanks to Ruth for completely transforming our daughters’ love of music. Having had four years of traditional piano lessons she hated practicing and never played the piano for fun. The first time she had a lesson with Ruth was the first time we had seen her smile whilst playing the piano, it was a joy to watch and to see her getting up early so she can spend an hour playing her piano before school is a complete revelation. The Stave House method is the perfect way to teach children to love and understand music.
Nick & Claire Orr
The children absolutely love learning music now that we are using Stave House! What is more impressive teacher’s feel that they can teach music in an engaging and creative way. The progress the children have made in a short time is remarkable – children in Key Stage 1 love Ferdie and his friends; this has enabled them to begin to read sheet music and play music independently and collaboratively as a class.
Justin Wrench, Headteacher
The way the Stave House method simplifies the way of learning music has me drawn to wanting to learn how to read, write and play music, which was something that I’ve never thought was for me though I involve music with my bible study class, my dance class and our praise and worship at church. I now want to encourage everyone who works with music or has no clue about the music world to get into it.
Kgomotso Kinchen, USA
“I am particularly impressed with the easy and natural way the Nursery children acquire the understanding of musical notation and how quickly the knowledge becomes embedded with everything else they are learning at that stage! I am aware that very young brains have the capacity for enormous learning- it just seems obvious to me to include music in that stage.”
“The concert was a revelation and very enjoyable. It really is a phenomenal approach and so good to have you within the festival (especially during half term) – it was exactly the right thing for our theme. The work you do is obviously making a huge difference. I will spread the word about it amongst colleagues”
Major of Chelmsford, Roger Estop
Stave House pupils presented a concert on Wednesday to KS2 and some parents. Stave House do a fantastic job to provide such a rich musical education for our pupils, from FS all the way to our Grade 4 Violinists who have both achieved distinction very recently.