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.

So nice to see that our tutors and students, are embracing this new form of tuition, with each student has a dedicate tutor for their lessons. All our tutors are DBS checked.

We have managed to retain 70% of our current students.

We hope these lessons will help our students in the interim, during Covid-19 lockdown and provide some light relief.

If you are interested in joining our current Skype family, please do not hesitate to get in touch, via email.
E: musicschoolblackpool@gmail.com

Stay Safe!

PLEASE SEE FACEBOOK LINK

Blackpool Music School – News and Media Website.

Blackpool Gazette have published an article on BMS’ new on-line tuition, via Skype.

We are offering our current members and new members, this new and exciting way of learning a musical instrument or vocals. Each student will have a dedicated tutor for guidance and advice.

If you are interested, please contact John or Karen, via email – musicschoolblackpool@gmail.com or ring John direct on 07782 333123.

A Blackpool school has been continuing to teach its music students throughout the self-isolation period with the help of video calls via Skype.

by James Graves

A Blackpool school has been continuing to teach its music students throughout the self-isolation period with the help of video calls via Skype.

Blackpool Music School (BMS), on Waterloo Road in South Shore, closed its doors on March 23 for at least a month following advice from the Government due to the coronavirus pandemic but that hasn’t stopped tutors teaching their students.

There are currently 85 students having different music tuition from the school on various instruments with 11 tutors helping them.

Because of the closure of the school it meant there was no tuition for pupils until the tutors came up with the idea.

The school’s chairman, John Shaw, who founded the school, said: “After collaboration with tutors we have set up Skype tuition and the students are on board with this. The school can still function and deliver its lessons either one to one or in groups.

“With this been accepted it helps those who are self-isolated in their homes, learning an instrument and learning a new skill reading music.

“Also they are being able to speak to their tutors about their lesson as well.”

John Shaw of Blackpool Music School

John said the response has been fantastic and has opened a ‘new perspective’ on teaching music.

He said: “Some tutors had some concerns but the reaction has been great. It’s a learning curve for the future as if a student is poorly they could still participate via Skype.”

He added: “Music as you will be aware is a brilliant pastime and should be used in these uncertain times to help with depression and other problems.

“We can cover from the ages of 07 to 97 in most musical instruments. If the student has no instrument this could be hired for a small fee subject to their circumstances.”

Formed in 2006, BMS is a registered charity with non profit status and there are no fees.

BMS IS NOW OFFERING TUITION VIA SKYPE

We have closed the building down until further notice, due to Covid-19

We currently have 85 students having different music tuition on various instruments with 11 tutors. After collaboration with tutors, we have set up Skype tuition and our current students are on board with this, so the school can still function and deliver its lessons either 1 to 1 or in groups. On-line tuition can help those who are being isolated in their homes to learn an instrument and new skills, with the benefit of being able to speak to the tutors about their lesson via the internet.

As you are aware music is a brilliant pastime, and could help in these uncertain times to help with depression and other problems. We can cover from the ages of 07 to 97 in most musical instruments. All the tutors are fully qualified and are CRB checked. If the student has no instrument this could be hired for a small fee subject to their circumstances.

For enquires call: John – M 07887873309 E: blackpoolmusicschool@gmail.com
Website www.blackpoolmusicschool.org

Stay safe!

Regards,
John Shaw – Founder

23rd March 2020

Dear Members,

Covid-19 update for BMS Members

Further to the escalation of the Covid-19 virus and following the government’s advice, we will be closing the school from today, the 23rd March 2020, initially for one month. We will keep you advised of any ongoing changes.

We are however, hoping that we can accommodate most of our students, via an on-line link i.e. Skype or email. Our tutors will be contacting you directly, to see if you are interested in this facility.

For those not wishing to participate in the programme, we will endeavour to make up lesson time, once the virus has cleared.

As you are aware, we are a small charity run school and we are hoping that the majority of our students will support us, during these challenging times.

Thank you for support and stay safe.

Yours truly,

Mr John Shaw
Chairman/Founder

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