Making Music Accessible!

by Emma Illingworth in Yeadon, England, United Kingdom

Making Music Accessible!


raised of £200 target


50% 5 days left
This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by April 27th 2019 at 4:15pm

I want to be able to teach music to ANYONE. Music lessons are so expensive and I want to be able to share the joy of music with everyone.

by Emma Illingworth in Yeadon, England, United Kingdom

When I was 12 years old, my mum took me to a small music shop in our town and I caught sight of a black and gold saxophone. I loved it, it was so shiny and cool and all I wanted to do was play! We had looked into music lessons before, outside of school, and came to the conclusion it simply wasn’t affordable. Prices ranged from £15 for 30 minutes and increased from there. 

Fortunately, the gentleman who owned the music shop said I could attend lessons at the shop for £3 for half an hour every Saturday morning. Since that  day, I have NEVER looked back. 

Without the generosity and passion that Bill had for music, and sharing it with others, I wouldn’t be where I am now. Over the last 9 years I have played multiple concerts, been part of school workshops, taken part in orchestras, jazz bands, wind ensembles. 

I went along to Durban, South Africa, to play music and teach the children. I have attended a French saxophone academy with some of the most popular names in Classical Saxophone. I have accompanied choirs, ran music holiday clubs for all ages and abilities. I have spent a week at a specialist SILC, playing and running workshops for those with learning difficulties and special needs. 

If I could write down everything I have done since that day, I would never stop writing. I love music and the only reason my dream could become reality was because of the lovely old man in a small music shop who was willing to teach me for so little. 

I want to share that. I have started teaching lessons to approximately 18 students a week and I want to make my music tuition full time. I want to teach piano, saxophone, music theory, singing and everything I can to anyone who wants to learn! I don’t want to let music be elitist and I don’t want it to break the bank. Why should something so enjoyable, be so expensive?

In reality though, especially in this day and age, to set up my business full time and make sure I have the correct resources to teach and provide the tuition I want to, I need money to start up. I am interested in taking an ABRSM Certificate for music educators so that I can further develop my teaching skills and I want to start a collection of music books and resources that I can share with my students so they don’t have to spend pounds and pounds on books. 

I want music to be about music, not money or status. I want music to be enjoyable and exciting. I want to share with everyone how amazing the power of music is.

Any donations towards my little tuition business will mean that I can teach more and more people and give the tuition they deserve for an accessible and affordable price.

Without my £3 lessons, I’m pretty sure I’d never have been able to pick up an instrument and be a part of so many amazing things. 



Facebook: /emmasmusictuition 

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