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.
Mr Greg Waters,
The Bishops School Headteacher
Thank you so much for Saturday it was great fun and I really love your style of Teaching.
Laura Baykan – Wind teacher writes about the Stave House course -Jan 18
This course has exceeded my expectations and presented a compelling and unique approach to musical notation with emphasis
on children being musical throughout their learning not stuck fast behind a book
I have gained inspiration and a new approach to PRACTICAL music theory . It has been great to see someone appraoch ,develop and disseminate materials that can be used across the school age range and beyond .
Thank you for all your hard work Ruth !
Review – Andrew Butterfield -Sheffield AS Music school
Thank you so much for inviting me to the course I meant it when I said I had gained enthusiasm from the course.
I have been teaching it today at Westley, and although they are year 6 I thought it went well.
Good to meet other teachers too.
Tina Phillips Piano teacher Westley School – BSE Suffolk
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed our course over the weekend! It has left me full of enthusiasm and new ideas for presenting the content to the children. This truly is a unique and innovative method, beautifully integrating all the elements of music theory which are needed by musicians of all ages to set them on their route to independent music-making. I cannot wait to see the progress at South Lee over the next few years as we teach this from the kindergarten to the senior school.As Yr 7 said today –“This is fun!”
Head of Music at South Lee prep School BSE SUFFOLK reviews stave House course
This course has more than met my expectations . I have learnt so much more about music theory and how to apply it . Ruth’s enthusiasm is so inspiring and infectious.
Charlotte Grayson .
This course has exceeded my expectations . It was inspiring. interactive and fun . very refreshing and excited to start working with the Stave House materials .I have gained insight into interactive teaching working with various levels of understanding and the alto clef ! An excellent starting point for my own Music teaching journey .
This course was really interesting amd met my expectations . I will definitely be hoping to teach using the Stave House method
as soon as possible . I have gained excitement and enthusiasm from this course and the ability to read alto clef !
I also enjoyed meeting other tutors.
Rashida Harries .
This course surpassed my expectations .It was enthusiastic and well delivered and the content all makes sense .
I have gained a greater understanding of the whole method and ideas for its application
Anne Sheehan – Principle AS Music School Sheffield .
This course has given me a further understanding of games and exercises that I can use to link the clefs and how to use the Stave House world for complex music theory .
Stave House is a brilliant and comprehensive way of making music reading accessible and fun . I have seen how Stave House can be used long into a child’s music education and how it will enable them to be confident young musicians .
Sheffield teacher training course reviews
“Just wanted to message you to say how great the training was today and how inspired I feel. Sang along with the cd in the horrendous traffic on the way home.
My daughter, who shows no interest in a standard piano lesson (much to my frustration) sat with me to sing the first two songs, used the board (LOVED the board) and after 30 minutes is naming all the note sounds for F A C and E plus D and can find D on the piano without help and play the “Dunston the Dragon” rhythm – I’m amazed.
She has also been going around singing “Amos the Ant” – how fantastic.
She even sat Tone deaf Daddy down and told him the whole story of stave house, who lives where and why and how Furdy met Dunston”
Stacey Minshull- Vocal and Piano teacher and Stave house class teacher – Colchester
” Both the students and the teacher learn from this course.” L.Lie
“I have gained more knowledge about teaching from this course. How to teach in a more fun way to all ages so that the students understand and do not need to hate notation anymore” E.Karunia
“This is a fun way to teach students” B.Bun
” This course was more than I expected. It has given me more knowledge and how to teach things that I had problems with . Ruth is a very interesting seminator and I have been able to understand all she has taught us . This has helped me a lot to teach the bass clef to my students and key signatures. Thank you Ruth ! Thank you Stave House !”J.C.Pramoedya
“This course has shown me how to teach at a higher level. This is really different way of teaching “Stave House has really opened my mind to teaching both practical and theory and to teach the children to be independent and let the children explore music in their own way but still have the foundation” C.Angelina
” I am really happy and enjoyed this Stave House course .Stave House really is the best way to teach children to play and learn music making it fun and imaginative ” N.Kurnia
” This course has opened up my mind to be more creative ” D.V.Pranowo
This course has met my expectations very much !How to put a strong base and foundation for the children’s advanced music later on.I have gained understanding in the logic of major and minor chords,tempo and how we can train aural from a very early age .Great ! ” D.W.Prihandini
” I have looked at other methods on the internet and know some other methods, but Stave House gives a different colour to early childhood education ” R.Greta
more reviews from Surabaya Indonesia 4 day Teacher’s course.November 2017
“I have learnt how to easily teach everyone to play and learn music making it simple and fun ,This course has been SO beneficial to me ” F.Saerang
“This is good method that explores children’s imagination.It can be used with other instruments not just piano ” F.Debora
” This course has definitely met my expectations.This is really fun way to teach music theory to kids. It has helped me to teach kids from 3 years old and given me lots of ideas for delivering fun sessions to young children.Now I won’t be afraid to teach theory because I know my students will have fun. I have also realised through this seminar that singing and playing live is more interactive than turning on a CD “S.L.Sugiharjo
” I enjoyed this course so much . ” E.Aurelia
“I have learnt new ideas for teaching kids and how to have fun , not just sit at the piano ” T.L.Ching
” I can teach scales now easier than before ” F.Monalisa
” This method has given me a superb way to teach young children all the elements of music.” M.D.Kallista
” This course has exceeded my expectations because I have never known such a practical ,easy ,fun way to learn music before . This course is very useful for teachers, I would definitely recommend it ” J.A.Kusuma
” This course was beyond my expectations. It has surprised me in lots of ways.I now have really a lot of ideas to teach young students about notes, rhythm,scales,sight reading in such a fun way,far from the old fashioned boring ways”D.Widjaja
“This course has enlarged my teaching experiences, very creative, full of knowledge. Ruth is a very creative and brilliant teacher .I have gained much from attending this course and I am definitely going to use it right away ” Y.Dewi
Reviews from Teachers Course – Surabaya Indonesia -November 2017
“Just wanted to let you know we have started using our Stave House resources in school. I have taught a couple of lessons so far with my Year 3/4 class and with our Year 4/5 class. They absolutely love the resources and the Year 4/5 children have been writing simple four or five note melodies using the characters and then translating these to a stave they have drawn themselves on paper. My Year 3/4 class are making their own ‘Stave House’ tactile display for the wall, using your characters they have drawn themselves, that they can move around using blue tac on their own stave. I am planning to teach it to Year 5/6 after half term and they are going to plan how they would teach it to Reception and Year 1 children.
Sorry this has turned into a bit of an essay but it’s all going well so far and I’m so pleased with what we bought!”
Dawn Bradley (Walsham-le-Willows Primary)
“I wanted to take the opportunity to write to you and share some of the fantastic work that has been happening at my school since I participated in Stave House training 18 months ago. Our school is a large 3-form primary, with many of the teachers classing themselves as “non-musician” and with the new curriculum upon us two years ago, the majority of my staff were overwhelmed at the thought of teaching upper KS2 where they were expected to be using stave notation for compositions and listening activities. Even the Y3/4 were quaking in their boots. My Headteacher found out about Stave House from her son’s school and I attended a one day course in Ipswich. To say that I was inspired is an understatement. I suddenly saw a way into music for those who lacked confidence and it was an exciting time. Purchasing a basic class set of resources I set about implementing Stave House into Year 1 and 2. I have written planning for both year groups which is progressive and linked to the current curriculum framework objectives. After a brief amount of training to ‘get started’, they began using the planning in Summer 2015 with immediate success. I have since carried out two more staff training events in order for our Yr1-4 staff to use the materials for beginner stave knowledge. The training was very well received and many teachers began using the materials to support their work in music composition and playing tuned instruments. The use of our glockenspiels was so frequent I have had to purchase two more new sets to meet demand! This year I started to write stave house into our planning for year 3, we use a mix of Stave House, Charanga and Music Express. The children who started in Year 1 Summer 2015 are now about to move to Year 3 and Stave House is making its progression through the school. Following on from this great success, one of my roles as Leader for Music is to share our experiences and support our cluster of schools in the borough. I was lead teacher for two cluster staff meetings where I met with current music leaders in five other schools. In the second meeting, we were all sharing resources and on of things I showed them a little taster of our work with Stave House. They were very interested, with some schools asking me if it was possible to host a Stave House introduction in the borough. (We often run training events with partner companies for our cluster schools.) I am also a mentor for university students at our school in partnership with the University of East London. At a recent observation from one of the professional mentors, a student was observed teaching Stave House in year 2. The mentor approached me and asked about the resource. She was interested in organising for me to speak to the new students in Sept/Oct about the music resources we use here as they have some music specialists starting in the new year. I am really keen to continue the great work we are doing here.”
Stephanie Barber (Engayne Primary School)
“Ruth examined non-selective groups of violinists for their Stave House Level 1 exams and had the following feedback for Marcia Perkins (Stave House teacher) after their assessments:
“I so enjoyed it and hope to do more in the future. But I am completely in awe of what you have achieved with them all! You should be incredibly proud! They so got it – it was lovely and not only did they get it, but they were really enjoying it and that will stay with them forever, whether they pursue music or not. Well Done you!”
Ruth Collin – assessor for Stave House & conductor
“At Aintree School of Music we are committed to providing quality instrumental and singing tuition to students of all ages and standards. We are constantly asked ‘what’s the right age for children to start learning piano?’ and before we found Stave House, our answer to this question would have been aged 7. Should you ask us this now we’d say 3 or 4!! The reason Stave House has been such a success at our Music School is simple – our students enjoy their lessons and parents see their children progress, in a fun yet educational environment. We are looking forward to welcoming our first Brownie Group during the Autumn term. We are starting two Saturday morning classes and also entering our piano students for their first exams! We are really looking forward to see all our students progress!! Update 2015: Since achieving the the DipLCM in Early Years Music summer 2014 we have had great pleasure in assessing Aintree School of Music Students. We have 5 teachers now using the Stave House method within our school and it is proving extremely rewarding for our young students. We are finding children are moving onto the LCM instrumental/singing grades extremely quickly as they have great understanding to confidently approach the syllabus. Achieving the diploma was a great experience – I spend time talking with Philip Aldred (Chief Examiner for LCM) about our approach and he gave me some invaluable advice. The examination was very practical; we spent time reviewing a dvd I had prepared of a class and we reviewed how we could improve certain aspects of this. The scope of the examination allowed me to demonstrate different techniques we use for teaching early childhood music in addition to Stave House. It is a privilege to assess for Stave House. It provides us with the opportunity to review and ensure consistency of our teachers work and also to give instant feedback.”
Kate Long, Principle of Aintree Music School
Stave House really opened my mind on how to teach students not only the practical elements but also the theory of music to give children the independence to do it by themselves. Stave House lets children explore music in their own way with a strong foundation – Caterine Angelina
Stave house has given me a new approach on the way I will teach music in a fun and enjoyable way so children can love music, read music and play music – Eva Kurunia
Stave House gives a way to explain notation with an interesting story children learn without realising they are doing it – Lie Lydia
Stave House went beyond my expectations and surprised me in so many ways – Diana Widjaja
This course has exceeded my expectations because I have never known such a practical, easy, fun way to learn music before. I now feel I can engage with children in a much more fun way – Jennifer Aristasya Kusuma
This method has given me a superb way to teach children all elements in music – Maharani Dinda Kallista
Stave house is a really fun way to teach music theory to children. I will no longer be afraid to teach theory as I can make it so much more fun – Stephanie Lee Sugiharjo
An excellent method to explore children’s imagination – Fanny Debora
I have found that stave house really is the best way to teach children to play and read music in a fun and imaginative way – Nera Kurnia
Helps to give young children the joy and fun in music whilst laying a strong base/foundation for more advance music – Dyah Wulansari Prihandini