Poynton Music School is based in the village of Poynton in Cheshire, England, at the foot of the famous Derbyshire Peaks.
Prior to our current lockdown
Run by local musician & teacher Rik Roberts, the school ran a wide range of weekly group classes for adults in both guitar and ukulele from 2013-2020. There wasn't really anything quite like it around! Whilst people have tried group classes in these instruments before, these were unique with their emphasis on songs, playing for fun and learning technical and musical skills rather than rote music/licks. More than 200 students attended the group classes in those 7 years.
It is the experience gained from running these classes that Rik Roberts now brings to the new online version of Poynton Music School!
How it began
Rik began offering group guitar classes for adults in both Poynton, Cheshire and Chorlton, Manchester at the beginning of 2013. Both were successful, but Poynton out-performed Chorlton, so it was here in 2014 that Rik decided to establish his music class brand exclusively for adults - Poynton Music School - at the back of a 19th century former school building. He subsequently added ukulele classes, a series of one-off workshops and 1 to 1 tuition in guitar, ukulele and banjo.
The aim was to encourage more adults to participate in music-making, enriching lives and bringing people together socially.
The guitar/ukulele classes and workshops were amongst the very few exclusively for adults in the country. With all classes, participants had fun, enjoyed playing with others, and got to wind down at the end of the day with some good songs, whilst learning new skills, gaining confidence and developing as a player.
Where we are now
The coronavirus lockdown of early 2020 meant courses were suddenly cancelled, so we made a very quick left turn into online teaching to keep our ever-growing mailing list of students occupied. A series of ukulele and guitar jam sessions via zoom video conferencing planted the seed for fully developed courses using the medium. The new courses are like before, with the same spirit of community, sharing a passion for music, but now open to everyone, wherever they are!
We do very much hope to return to face-to-face classes & workshops at our Poynton venue again soon. For the moment, we are making the most of a bad situation by exploring online options. No doubt there will be two Poynton Music Schools in future - a physical one and an online version!
Rik Roberts, Founder - Poynton Music School
1 to 1 Lessons via Skype
We offer 1 to 1 lessons in Guitar, Ukulele & Banjo via Skype (webcam)
What students say...
'I am so glad to have found Poynton Music School as a mature student. It's never too late to learn. I have been enjoying a range of group guitar classes for a year now and I'm now tempted by the ukulele. It's great to have clear guidance from Rik to enable us to have fun playing a range of songs together'.
(Hev Taylor, Guitar)
'I've done a few of Rik's courses and they never disappoint! I'm on the improvers ukulele course at the moment and really enjoying it. The classes give just the right amount of challenge to keep me working hard to better my skills and techniques. Also, it's great fun to play with a group of like-minded people'.
(Brenda Griffin De Tapa, Ukulele)