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BANJO – 5 STRING  – WELLBEING GROUP – STARTING SHORTLY!

THURSDAY – 1 – 2 PM

MAXIMUM OF 4 PER GROUP

£24.00 PER CALENDAR MONTH

FREE – TASTER SESSION

Please contact – 01253 695398

or Email – musicschoolblackpool@gmail.com

Wellbeing Courses

 

AEROPHONE PROGRAMME

(to help those with Asthma)

Blackpool Music School has been awarded funding to help people with asthma.

We are looking for 4 adults and 4 younger persons, to take part in trials that BMS will be running. We are hoping to prove that with regular use of a wind instrument and music, that this can assist with controlled breathing.  The new instrument we will be using is the ‘Aero phone Go’ from the Roland music company, who are also backing this project. (Please see Roland music company website for more details reference the Aerophone Go).

If you think you could benefit from this programme, and you are a diagnosed asthmatic, we would like to hear from you.  We will show you how to control your breathing, which should improve your asthma attacks etc.

You will be loaned the Aerophone Go, whilst participating in the trials, along with a IPad to use alongside the instrument. The course is ‘free’ but there is a small charge for the loan of the instruments of £24.00 per calendar month for insurance cover.

This is a 6 months’ research programme with outcomes being recorded by a research team or doctor, then passed onto the NHS. Results should show that music can help with medical conditions such as asthma etc.

Please see our website for a recent Gazette article, which supports that controlled breathing can help, improve your health. blackpoolmusicschool.org

For more information, please call John Shaw, chairman on 07887 873309 or email musicschoolblackpool@gmail.com, places are limited, so please contact us, as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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We are delighted to announce our latest purchase – An amazing Yamaha Pacifica Electric Guitar! Nothing could stop our professional tutor Willy Fluss charging down to have a play immediately it arrived. This Guitar features Alcino Pickups and Coil Tap Function. Willy was highly impressed.

The new Yamaha will enhance our collection of superb guitars for our students to use.

Yamaha Pacifica

Check out Willy’s first try on the new Guitar below!

Do you have a bored teenager at home?

Why not see if they’d be interested in a new project.

Due to social distancing, we are initially offering tuition via Skype.

Maxine is breathing easy now and find out how to take part in research trials with Blackpool Music School.

After struggling with asthma for 50 years, Maxine Bradley was asked if she had ever considered learning to play a wind instrument. She tells James Graves of The Blackpool Evening Gazette how the unusual remedy helped improve her breathing and reduce her asthma attacks.

When Maxine Bradley decided to learn to play the clarinet, she had a very specific goal in mind. Like most people, she had a few songs she wanted to master. But what she really wanted was to stop her asthma attacks.

Remarkably, it worked.

With help from Blackpool Music School, the 78-year-old, who first started learning around a year ago, has found her condition has dramatically improved. Maxine, who lives in St Annes, has suffered from asthma since she was 27, but had become concerned as it seemed to be getting worse.

She saw a doctor in the United States, where she lives for six months a year, who suggested the unusual remedy. Learning a wind instrument, she was told, could help strengthen her lungs and improve her breathing.

Maxine, of Highbury Road East, said: “I met with a doctor as I was getting quite wheezy and concerned about it. “After I was checked over the doctor asked if I had considered getting a wind instrument to blow as it may help with my throat.

“I decided to get a clarinet and had started doing the scales on it and my husband had noticed a sign while out about Blackpool Music School so I phoned up and asked if they would mind teaching an old lady how to play.”

John Shaw, the founder and chair of Blackpool Music School (BMS)said he was more than happy for Maxine to have lessons with Ray Jones at the school.

He said: “Maxine’s ambition, when we met, was to learn to play the Acker Bilk song, Stranger On The Shore. Following a 30-minute taster lesson, she agreed to sign up for a six months course.

“In order to play the clarinet, you need to control your breathing to play long phrases.

“Practicing this taught Maxine to control her breathing. Over the period, she reported a significant reduction in her asthma attacks, as her lungs became stronger.”

And now Mr Shaw hopes to carry out research into the health benefits of wind instruments, having seen how it helped Maxine.

She said: “My breathing is much better, even for an amateur, and as far as the trials are concerned, I’m all for that. It’s really helped me and if it helps other people then that is great.”

Musical instrument company Roland recently brought out an electric saxophone called the Aerophone Go, an instrument similar to the acoustic sax.

“Played just like a clarinet or other wind instrument, it does not need to blown as hard and it can be altered in order to help to strengthen the lungs over a period increasing the amount of air needed.”

John said the school has been able to negotiate support from Roland to undertake research, using the new Aerophone to help people with asthma.

He said: “We are currently looking for a doctor that works in respiratory conditions to cover the findings of people taking part in the trials.

“ We plan to obtain with the doctors help an initial readings of the student’s condition, and over the subsequent six months period, take regular readings, culminating into a report on how their lungs have improved using this new instrument.

“BMS will submit the research findings to the NHS to provide evidence of the impact music can have on chronic medical conditions.”

John said he anticipates the project will cost around £16,000 over a six to 12 month period, and is in the process of applying to various grant-funding providers.

He added: “We believe that the evidence generated during the project has the potential to help make a big difference to asthma sufferers in the region.”

TRIALS

BMS is looking for eight students to take part in this pilot project, four young and four elderly, to work in two groups to be involved for a period of six to 12 months.

Founder John Shaw said: “We still need a doctor to help us as well and they would receive a fee and would only need to spare a few hours a month. It may suit a graduate doctor who is looking for some additional work and help with our research.”

ROCK STAR YOUTH BAND
STARTING JULY/AUGUST 2020

(subject to distancing restrictions)

• TARGETING 12 TO 16 YEAR OLDS
• ONE AND A HALF HOURS WEEKLY TUITION
• TUITION VIA SKYPE
• TUITION GIVEN BY DEDICATED TUTORS
• ALL TUTORS DBS CHECKED
• GUITAR, DRUMS AND VOCALS
• FREE INSTRUMENT HIRE

• GROUP WILL COMPRISE OF 3 TO 4 STUDENTS
PER GROUP
• PROJECT WILL RUN FOR 12 MONTHS
• INITIALLY VIA SKYPE THEN AFTER LOCKDOWN, IN HOUSE AT BMS
• BAND WILL COME TOGETHER AT END OF PROJECT TO PERFORM CONCERT

• COST – £20 PER CALENDAR MONTH
• FOR 42 WEEKS OF THE YEAR
LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!
E: blackpoolmusicschool@gmail.com
John – 07887 873309 or Karen – 07305 919816

Learn more about our Rock School here.

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
(IN THE PIPE LINE)

ARE YOU A REGISTERED ASTHMASTIC OR HAVE A RESPIRATORY PROBLEM?
ARE YOU AGED BETWEEN 7 TO 90 YEARS OLD?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO IMPROVE YOUR BREATHING?

BMS IS STARTING AN ELECTRONIC SAXOPHONE GROUP
• ONE GROUP FOR CHILDREN
• ONE GROUP FOR ADULTS
• GROUPS WILL COMPRISE OF 3 TO 4 STUDENTS
• FREE LOAN OF INSTRUMENT

• WE WILL BE MONITORING OUR STUDENTS PROGRESS
• CONTROLLED BREATHING, AIDS BETTER BREATHING
• WE HOPE TO SHOW THE BENEFIT THIS WILL MAKE TO INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS

• COST – £24.00 PER CALENDAR MONTH FOR 42 WEEKS TUITION
• OUR TUTOR IS HIGHLY QUALIFIED AND DBS CHECKED

LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!
Contact E: blackpoolmusicschool@gmail.com
John – 07887 873309 or Karen – 07305 919816

Check out of our students here who learned the Clarinet to help with her athsma!

MANY THANKS FROM ALL THE STAFF AND STUDENTS AT BMS

We would like to pass on our sincere thanks, to the D of L, Benevolent Fund for providing £2,500 to support our work, during Covid-19.

This money will be used to support our students, with their Skype tuition.