Our dedicated Music Teacher

Hello. Some of you might know me already, but for those who do not, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Trish Vidler. I have been teaching piano and guitar for more than 30 years, and for many of those I have had the great pleasure of teaching at Burstow School. We are very fortunate to have a bright and spacious music room situated within the school which is where music lessons take place.

I am very happy to teach piano and guitar to children of all ages. I am also qualified to teach the clarinet, but pupils need to be 7+ for this instrument. I love my work and find it extremely rewarding when pupils learn to play an instrument. Equally, the children feel a great sense of achievement when they know they can play beautiful music.

Music is encouraged in a big way at Burstow. The children are often asked to play for class assemblies and there is always a waiting list to play as the pupils enter and leave the whole school assembly. Such opportunities give the children a boost in confidence whilst sharing their enjoyment of music.

Some children like to work for exams in the instrument they are learning and I teach the Trinity Syllabus in all grades. The school always shares in the success in exams and certificates are awarded in assembly.

Lessons take place during the school day and I try to rotate the timetable so the children do not always miss the same lesson each week. The lessons are one-to-one and I aim to give 10 lessons in the term. The cost is £9 per lesson plus any music books the pupil needs and exam fees when necessary.

If you would like to book lessons or require more information, please leave your name and telephone number at the schools’ main office with details of your child’s name and class and I will be happy to contact you.


Our Music Lead

My love of music began at a very young age in life. I think it was at the age of two when my mother caught me tapping a rhythm to a Christmas song in a shop and realised I had a talent for music. At the age of eight years old I was given my first guitar by my nan. I immediately loved playing all sorts of different songs! The first song I learnt was "Lazy Coconut Tree". I performed the song to an assembly at my primary school; I was terrified, however I had practised the song so much I had to play it. I play music by ear and I love to sit down and listen to a song and learn the chords. It's important to make a song your own as it's unique and you can put your own touches to it.

Music plays a very important role in my life. I studied music at University when I was training to be a Teacher. Enabling children to create music and explore different pitches and tones is the key to creativity; it allows them to take ownership of something.

I currently perform with a double bassist around Surrey and London. We enjoy playing jazz and blues music from all eras and love entertaining the crowds on a busy Saturday morning; making people feel good and smile is our key!

I am very proud to have been asked to lead music at Burstow. My vision is for all children to have access to music in and out of the classroom. The aim is for music to become an even more integral part of the rich curriculum and encourage children to listen to an array of music from all genres. In the new academic year the Music room will have been revamped and will be equipped with different musical zones! I'm also excited to announce that the rock band sessions have now started. All of the equipment will be provided and it really is an opportunity for your child to be hugely creative and diverse.

Throughout the year there will be opportunities for children to perform at various events and particularly the notorious 02 arena! We shall also be introducing an infant and junior music festival towards the end of the academic year; this will be a chance for children to celebrate the music of the year! We are also looking for dedicated children for our new KS2 singing group. They must be willing to sing with us all year and, in return, they will get to perform in assemblies and other community events.

I am also currently liaising with Mrs Vidler, our dedicated musical instrument teacher about lunchtime groups.

The aim is to make music a high profile subject and encourage all children to participate. Music makes you feel amazing whether you listen to or play an instrument!

Please speak to me if you have any questions regarding music this year!