Music preparatory schools are not very common in the Philippines. Actually I can think of one school as of now and that is the Philippine High School for the Arts in Los Banos Laguna. Students receive their required academic subjects but everyday, every afternoon, they have all music and arts subjects only.
In a regular High school, one is lucky to receive 2 sessions of music class in a week. So naturally, when they decide to enroll in Conservatories and Colleges of Music, they are not equipped with a college level, And what horror is that Music Theory knowledge is non-existent. Yes, they can play a Sonata and read notes but complex time signatures are surprising to most. They hardly sight read because , well, rehearsed pieces for some years are what they audition with.. This is just one fo the challenges of Music major enthusiasts who enroll without a proper Theory background.
We at Tenstringedlyre see this common challenge and we promote Music Theory in every class that you enroll with us. We also incorporate Solfeggio which is the note-singing discipline that is required for a progressive lesson. in 2020, we will be launching our Music Theory and Keyboard Module designed specifically for auditioning students and people who are preparing for an exam like that of and ABRSM's.
We would like to hear from you, Send your questions and inquiry to email@example.com or send us a message at 0947.9919241.
Home tutorials have always been the best option for a lot of clients and reasons. We have been giving lessons at home since we started the business but still it has been one of the mostly-requested services we have encountered. Here are some of the top reasons why this service sells all the time:
1. CONVENIENCE: With this reason alone, you can easily be persuaded to try at least having lesson at your own pace and time. This gives you less time to prepare, no reason to drive back and from the studio, and if you have kids, you can readily see the progress of your children. Parking problems are also eliminated with this kind of set up.
2. MORE PERSONAL: Each lesson is designed to meet a need of the student, regardless this may be at a studio or at home, But when you do the lessons at your home and you get to talk to the tutor easily, more freely and in a relaxed set up, this becomes highly valuable in the progress of your kids, or your lesson in that case. Lessons at home are regarded as a special lesson all the time, you get to arrange a schedule and time of your preference and in the case of absences, you easily make up for the lost lesson with your teacher personally. Everything becomes more accessible when you talk to the teacher directly.
3. TAILOR-FIT LESSONS: When you choose this set up, you and your tutor have an instant understanding that this becomes highly personal, Should you do a twice a week, or thrice a week lesson because you are preparing for a certification? Or maybe you want to have a twice a month lesson of the same time. Whatever your set up during enrolment, it clearly gives you more independence with your scheduling, make up lesson, how fast you wish to set your sessions every time you meet. You also get to ask for special pieces to be learned, say, you wish to play a Christmas Song at a family party, or maybe a different event that you wish your teacher would teach you something relevant to your particular needs. Everything is tailor-fit as it can be.
With Tenstringedlyre, we always strive to provide an apt-curriculum, we encourage students to take certification exams, we encourage them to learn both classical, standard and popular music at the same time to give students a well-rounded musicality that will be aiding the students as they grow old.
Inquire now and schedule a free assessment for your kids and yourself.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
1. How long is your program?
Our instruction is a 12-week module with 1 hour lesson per week, During Summer Class, we also offer twice a week lesson if the student displays more interest and show significant sign of progress.
2. How long will it take for my child to start playing?
All students are taught with the basic theory of music, solfeggio, and the chosen instrument. It is requested that all students should practise 30 minutes everyday during the course of the module. In this module, students are expected to play at least 4 simple pieces, learn etudes and exercises, should be able to interpret a simple musical notation and be able to sing it. In 12 weeks , with the proper practice and lesson, one should be able to play
3. How much is the module?
The module is Php 15,000. We give 10% discount to those who intend to pay in full either in cash or in cheque.
4. Do you have other payment options?
Yes we do. We offer a 50% DP before commencing the module and the balance of 50% requested to be settled on the 7th lesson. We also accept 3 PDCs issued to Tenstringedlyre Music Productions dated on the 30th day of each month covering the module.
5. Do you only accept beginners?
We also accept intermediate and advance students especially those who are keen on pursuing their music career in a conservatory, We provide reviews for Entrance Examinations as well as provide audition materials. We also give Refresher Course to interested adults who learned music when they were young.
6. Where do you hold the classes?
We promote Home Tutorials this year providing practicality and ease for both students and parents. It relaxes more the student before the lesson, the parents can easily sit in or hear from a distance how the lesson is taking place. We also invite parents to observe while the lesson is commencing.
7. How do we go about our inquiry for the program?
You can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org together with your child's particulars. Kindly include name and age / level of proficiency / books used form previous lessons / preferred day and time of lesson. You may also send these details thru text at 0947.9919241
We would be happy to reply and schedule a free session to gauge your child's level and what books to be suggested. All materials would be provided by Tenstringedlyre
8. After one module, what's next ?
Before the module is finished, we would be sending the parents an evaluation record as to how the student progressed. This determines if the child is ready for the following module.
As we are concluding the first summer module, we are opening registration to aspiring students for our regular module. We are now opening classes on Voice for beginners. Like all of our lessons, we start with basic theory and solfeggio, giving emphasis on Rhythmic Methodology, followed by exercises and capping it with the musical piece for the day. We believe that every module should be sending off students to an understanding of musical symbols, read and interpret a music piece, playing on their own and discovering more opus as they go about their musical journey with us.
Learn something new or perhaps continue that dream of playing music. We offer classes for beginners, intermediate and for Adults who always dreamt of playing an instrument one day. If you are in Paranaque, our classes will be held on weekends starting June in Barangay BF. Give us an email for a quote or schedule us for a free assessment, We still offer home -serviced lessons to these areas:
If you are around Parañaque and still looking for summer activities for your kids, Tenstringedlyre Music Program would be at Anzak Music Studios this year. We would be offering classes on Piano and Violin, both given in group classes. Our music program has always been designed in modules of 12 lessons. This is enough to give the students ample time to learn, discover and improve on their skills. On the other hand, this also gauges the students for next level's eligibility. Students will be taught the rudiments of music, and theory so that kids can understand what a Key signature is for and how to decode a music piece after one module. Lessons also include dexterity exercises and study of simple music pieces.
by: Saoirse Reise
It's that time of year once again. We all know that as soon as the "-ber" months come in, we better start saving up for Christmas. For parents this is a constant worry. What do you give your kids this year? We know you want to give them something new every year and possibly something they'll be able to really use everyday. Instead of giving the typical wish list items of kids comprising of clothes, gadgets, or toys, why not give them something that makes then grow in ways no gadget or department store item can ever give them? This is what we offer at Tenstringedlyre: the Gift of Music
We offer lessons where it is most convenient for our clients: either at home or at our home studio in Nuvali. At the moment we have home-serviced students at:
- Treveia, Nuvali
- Avida Settings, Nuvali
- Serendra, BGC
- Ayala Alabang Village
-Tahanan Village, Sucat
- BF Homes Sucat & Las Pinas
You can also make your child choose his/her instrument of interest:
Sounds fun-tastic, right? Now you can enroll your child by following these simple steps:
1. Inquire through any of the following:
-Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TenstringedlyreOfficial
-Twitter account: @tenstringedlyre #tslgiftofmusic
-Viber or plain text message: 0947.9919241
2. A form will be sent via email or facebook message requesting the following details: age of student, instrument of interest, level of proficiency, preferred schedule.
3. Considering the details previously given, a syllabus will then be crafted and sent through email.
4. A free assessment of your child may be performed at your home or at our home studio in Nuvali.
5. Regarding the contract and fees, the booking form, agreement form, and the details for the wiring of money for enrolment would be sent over email.
6. Hurray! Your child is now ready to start with his/her music lessons!
You have now given your child the gift of music that won't only last till Christmas, but for a lifetime. Have yourselves a Merry and Musical Christmas!
by: Saoirse Reise
We all know that planning and holding a wedding or any event, for that matter, always takes up a lot of time and effort. At Tenstringedlyre, aside from our free music consultations and customizable repertoires, we are more than happy to assist those who go out of their way. We do this in the form of discounts.
When do we give discounts?
We actually give discounts for these 3 scenarios:
(1) Early bird bookings
This is when you book your event with us at least 6 months before the date. We give this discount because this gives the musicians plenty of time for preparations such as finding the music sheets for the repertoire, etc. We give them 5 % discount.
(2) Couple bookings
Specifically for weddings, this is when the bride and/or the groom personally inquire and make the arrangements. We give them a 2 % discount because they did not need the assistance of a wedding planner who could have added a fee for making these arrangements. Aside from this, it allows us to skip a step (talking with a coordinator) since we're directly talking to the event celebrants making it a lot easier for us when it comes to dealing with requests.
(3) Referrals and Mentions via Social Media
Social media is a very powerful advertising tool especially if it's not through ads but through the recommendations of family and friends. This is why we give a 3 % discount to those who tag us to their pictures or mention us in their post using our official accounts. The discount can be used in their next event booking or by the person/s they referred to us. They only need to inform us how they discovered Tenstringedlyre by giving the name of the couple or showing the post where they included Tenstringedlyre.
Make sure to watch out for more seasonal discounts in our next blogs and social media posts.
When did you start your fondness for music?
As early as I can remember, my fondness for music came about when I was four years old. Local TV channels would feature music videos when they sign in early in the morning, and I would listen to the same songs day in and day out. I ended up memorising the songs.
Is there any musician in your family?
My mom loves to sing but only as a hobby. I believe that my other two siblings could have been more talented than I am because I have heard them sing. It just so happened that I was the only one who pursued performing music on stage. Surprisingly, I found out two years ago that my father used to play the alto saxophone. I guess he forgot to tell me.
Who is your musical influence? Why?
I have always loved how Martin Nievera sang because he does it with so much heart and power. When I started performing, my road manager told me not to listen to Martin anymore (because I would end up copying him) He told me to start looking for my own style. I also listened to Boyz II men, Michael Jackson, and John Mayer to name a few.
How do you describe your work ethic, style of playing and your strength as a musician?
I follow the traditional work ethic of musicians: Don’t be late, respect the people you work with, and come prepared. In performing, I follow two basic rules:
Sing with all your heart and all your soul
Don’t F#@* up!
My style of playing? I am an entertainer—I try to be entertaining on stage by experimenting on gestures and sounds. I don’t really stick with a particular genre. I usually play songs that a lot of people would relate to. As to being a musician, I am quite versatile. I not only play the guitar and sing; I also play the piano and write my own songs. Hopefully people would be able to hear my original compositions soon.
How do you envision yourself as an artist?
I see myself marketed as an artist with a lot of talents. I know that it has been done before by Paolo Santos and Jimmy Bondoc, but you have to admit—Filipinos are quite fond of their music and talent. Remember the days of harana in our history? Singing while playing guitar would always work especially with the ladies.
How can you describe the musical scene in Manila then and now?
The musical scene in Manila evolves depending on the generation. The scene in the early 2000s for instance was an amazing time with a lot of music lovers coming out of their homes to watch their favourite performers. By the late 2000s however, the interest died out. Hopefully, we would experience a renaissance of sorts in this generation.
Do you think musicians are still relevant in the next 10 years with the advent of technology and accessible music online?
I think musicians will always be relevant. As long as people would feel and relate to the songs that they would write and perform, music lovers would patronise them. We have survived music piracy for decades—I know that we will look for ways to be relevant in one way or the other. It’s so sad to say but we have to adapt with the changing of the times.
Any advice for aspiring artists and musicians
by Saoirse Reise
Going on a getaway is always so relaxing. What’s even better is being able to go on these getaways for free. Though our gigs are mostly in Metro Manila and Southern Luzon, we are quite open to having out of town gigs. Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to participate in event places such as Boracay, Capiz, Marinduque, to name a few. Most of the time, the clients make all the necessary arrangements. These include transportation, accommodations, and food. The client (sometimes the event coordinator) asks for the artists’ details to make the necessary transactions.
However, in some cases the clients give us the liberty to make our own arrangements as it is a win-win situation for the client and the artists. It would be less of a hassle on the client’s end and an advantage for the artists since they get to decide on all the other details (given a budget, of course).
Because we would be handling the arrangements ourselves, the client and the TSL agree on the following:
Usually, our artists prefer to be at the destination a day before the event. This gives them enough time to settle down and take a rest from the tiring travel as well as go out and check out the place. The same protocol applies as in all our gigs:
The artists will be at the venue 2 hours before the program starts
The artists will play for three sets at 45 minutes each with breaks in between
The artists will perform the final repertoire agreed upon by the client and the TSL manager (this was mentioned in our previous blog: The Song Selection Process)
Always remember that with TSL, events can never be too far to have good music. Cheerio!
Going through the Song Selection Process
by: Saoirse Reise
Our wedding will always be a day to look forward to for those singletons out there and a day to reminisce for those who already found their life partners. We’ve all been to that wedding where the music was all over the place and the songs used were not in any way relevant to the newly weds or to the journey they embarked on. In Tenstringedlyre, we make sure our clients have the right music at the right moments on their very special day. We follow these six simple steps to help you create a repertoire that’s perfect for you.
1. Meet Up with the Client
Once you’ve booked with us, we are more than happy to meet up with clients for free consultations. In these meet ups, we ask the clients of details such as the wedding theme, background, and venue to make sure that all the songs to be played fit their theme and story.
2. Send the TSL Repertoire
Whatever jam you and your partner might be into, we’ve got it covered. Tenstringedlyre (TSL) offers a wide range of songs from different genres (check out the repertoire section here on our website). Our songs are sorted into different genres to make it easy for the clients to search for the songs they like. On some cases, the couple themselves don’t even know what they want so we send them repertoires from our previous clients. These somewhat give them ideas or serve as guides.
3. Ask for any Song Requests
Your theme song isn’t in our repertoire? No problem. We accept song requests for whatever genre. Make sure to send your requests as early as possible (preferably a few months in advance) so we can arrange or look for the music pieces.
4. Build the Song List
Now that we have an initial idea of the type of songs you want, this is where we begin to build the song list. We now decide what specific song are played on specific parts of your program. This is mostly done via online correspondence for the couple’s convenience, but we’re open to schedule another meet up solely for this should the client request it.
5. Finalise the Song List
This is usually done two months before the wedding date. At this phase, all the songs are assigned to their specific program slots
6. Lock In the Song List
Of course, nothing is ever for certain. There are last minute changes as to what songs you feel are perfect for you and your partner. This last step of the song selection process is reserved for such changes, but we limit it to a month before the wedding day to give us enough time to prepare and rehearse the songs.
Voila! You have the perfect repertoire. With these simple steps you’re sure to hear all the songs you and your partner dreamed of having on your special day. There’s nothing more beautiful than having those beautiful moments made even more special by music you chose yourselves.