Coates Notes was first formed as an idea in 1989 but didn’t form as a business until 2001 when we started to sell sheet music & instruments and teach private music lessons on guitar in and around March, Cambridgeshire.
In 2003 our private instrument lessons extended to piano and singing for key stage 1 and 2 aged children. Following a move to Thorney, Peterborough in 2011 we became involved with the Thorney Abbey Singing Club and helped to link the group to the local primary school, which increased numbers tremendously, allowing us the ability to extend repertoire and improve the standard of the group. In 2012 Thorney Children’s Community Choir was born and we have been extensively involved in the group ever since. You can find out more about our work with the choir here.
On the back of the newly formed choir, we began instrument tuition in the primary school on keyboard and guitar, and soon after we were pleased to begin peripatetic class music lessons to year 6 pupils as well as a weekly singing assembly session where we teach basic vocal techniques to the whole school through fun songs and warm ups, leading on to a song for the week that gets sung in every assembly throughout the forthcoming week.
In January 2018 we launched our new project ‘Teenie Tunes’ which is all about music sessions for post-natal babies up to reception aged children. Following the early years foundation music curriculum, we deliver music through a combination of our own songs and industry proven methods, with a particular focus on phonics.
We are currently in the process of validation checks to become a Children’s University Learning Destination Centre for our activities out of school hours and expect this process to be complete by the end of April.
From 2018 we are pleased to be expanding our services to a wider area and will be offering music provision to other schools in and around Peterborough.
If you think your school could benefit from our services, led by our experienced team of music teachers, then please contact us for some information you can pass to your school.