"Why did no one tell us this before?" Over and over again pupils say this when they come and enjoy learning about composition and how to pass the exam!!

Would you like to know what to expect in your A Level Music Course? We are running courses which will give you a head start and help with some of the more technical musical details.

What is the difference between a German 6th and a Neapolitan 6th? Do you get your secondary dominants confused with your diminished 7ths?  Does pandiatonicism scare you as much as melody dominated homophony ?

Are these familiar?  Do you dread them or are you happy to answer? 

Truly they are just words and once you understand the facts behind them you can move forward and enjoy the discussion!

If you would like to know more about the specific details needed to pass your exams and more importantly to enjoy learning about music you might like to come and have some lessons.


We cover:

  • Performance (easy for mostmusicians)
  • Composition (we actually teach you how to composeā€¦not sit in a room trying to get inspiration!)
  • Appraisal, your set works need to become familiar and known
  • Before you start your A level music course you might like to go through the set works or even get some hints on how to compose

Courses run over two days from 10am - 3pm each day and are broken up into sections with academic work and activities which include some cooking to prepare you for moving away from home.  Of course you may already be a brilliant cook in which case you can share your tips!

Everything is provided from aprons to pencils.

 and you will eat a good lunch each day as well as numerous unhealthy (with healthy options always available!) snacks!

Do contact us for more details and also to tell us of anything that you might especially like to cover.



If you would like to come and just cook then do ring Sandra and arrange a time.

You can even learn to make your own birthday cake! Or pop cake like these bees!!

Upcoming Courses

Non Residential

Some results from the November course: 91%, 93%, 95%  Well done everyone! Also well done to the diploma French Horn boys who both gained distinctions (sorry we don't teach the French Horn but Daniel accompanies exams).


2-Day Theory Courses


February 16th/17th   Course full.

April 4th/5th  Spaces available

May 24th/25th Spaces available

Booster Courses


Sunday 1st March 10am - 3pm.

 We thought that you might like to know a little bit about us! We have been married for 31 years and have 3 grown up children and 1 grandchild.

Daniel has always taught music and together  for 7 years we ran the Music Department at Elstree School until deciding to teach and run course from home a few years ago..Originally Sandra trained as a nurse and was a Theatre Sister (many years ago now!).

Daniel teaches the piano mostly but also music theory, A Level and GCSE music. He also plays the organ and runs Enharmonic Choir. Currently he is also working in the Downs School helping with their A Level Music.

Sandra helps with all the above as well as teaching singing and piano. Until just recently (for almost 20 years) was Chair of Directors of the Kennet School Academies Trust and is now starting to enjoy having a little more time for her love of art and cooking!

Both of us have current enhanced DBS checks.

Parent Feedback

Maddy gained distinction in her grade 5 theory exam - 90 marks. She is thrilled, needless to say, and so are we.

We are very happy to have found Soundscool and Alex would be in no way ready for his exam without you. It is pleasing to discover something on the internet which is as good as it claims to be and he has had a wonderful time!

We have just got Alexander's results.... 94%! Thank you so much for all you did for us..he knew nothing of Grade 5 theory before October half term. You prepared him very well. We are so glad we found you!

The boys really enjoyed their time with you and felt totally enthusiastic about the whole experience. They both loved your approach and the warm welcome you gave them, and were up bright and ready for day two without prompting.

"For our son music theory was something to dread before coming on your course, but now he is so confident and he has found inspiration in understanding the theory behind the music he plays. His organ teacher has noticed the difference in his understanding, so this experience has enriched him and helped him beyond just the exam."