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Our Ethos & Principles

Stalybridge Music Academy is a leading provider of Music Education in Tameside.

The Academy has implemented a unique teaching programme which focuses on awaking the learners awareness of musical meaning, preparation to be able to play effectively, with understanding, and enjoyment. A knowledge of the reasons behind how the music is structured and therefore  a greater enhancement of the musical experience of each piece. We provide a complete music education which is tailored to the learning style of the student and takes into consideration their favoured music. Examinations with international boards are available, however it is not necessary, what is more important is fluency in the language of music.

Our aim is for our students to enjoy creating and performing music for a lifetime. To this end we teach why and how music works alongside comprehending your instrument and any music you wish to play.

We aim for you to be confident in enjoying your favourite songs fully and potentially in creating your own music. Confident to share and to enjoy the time you spend with your instrument and to develop and lifelong love of learning and creating music.

We provide a motivating and relaxed atmosphere at our Academies where students of all ages and abilities can learn and grow. All Triquetrae teachers receive continuous professional development to ensure every student receives a personalised tuition programme suited to their requirements, dreams, and aspirations. No student is left to struggle through confusion or lack of understanding. One of our operations directors favourite sayings is "You are not alone on their musical journey we are hear to support, to guide and to help out in anyway that you require."

Since opening the first Academy in 1991 Chris Caton-Greasley LLCM(TD) has provided the highest quality of education that does not leave gaps in knowledge, which leads to confusion. Worksheets are designed to take into consideration the different learning preferences a student requires, whether it be for kinaesthetic, audio, visual, repetition or hybrid content.

All learners can progress, achieve, and succeed if the educational material is presented in a way that enables the student to absorb the information. Our teaching is underpinned by the ethical requirement to assist our students excel in music within their life, whatever their learning style or ability, to support our colleagues and achieve personal excellence and to act with integrity. Our ethos can be summarised by the phrase “Music improves everything’.

This ethos is the foundation for our core values

  • Ambition – to achieve the best for ourselves and others.

  • Confidence – to have the courage of our convictions and to take decisions.

  • Creativity – to imagine melodies and make them real.

  • Respect – for ourselves and others in all that we do.

  • Enthusiasm – to increase personal knowledge and ability.

  • Determination – to overcome obstacles and reach success.

  • Courage - to attempt the impossible, to achieve the difficult and to challenge oneself to be better than we have ever been.

The teaching at the Academy is bespoke, each teacher is committed to developing your musical strengths and identities while sharing core values and music principles.

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