Learn in the comfort of your own home with Amanda & Des Frater
With Cloud 9 Musica, pupils get so much more than just an online music lesson. Our innovative approach encourages adults and children of all ages from 7 to 107 to actually embrace, understand & enjoy music. Tailoring each individual lesson to suit the pupil, Cloud 9 Musica's approach will inspire students and let them be creative and also offer the opportunity to enter for Trinity College or Trinity Rock & Pop exams if desired. Please scroll down for more info and to read reviews from our students. We hope to see you soon.
No Obligation 1st Lesson Free................
To ensure that your connection & equipment can comfortably host a Zoom lesson and to give you a chance to try before you buy we offer a free trial lesson.
A Windows Pc or Laptop or an Apple 'PC, Laptop' or i-pad are the best options for your online lesson.
Mobile phones and Android tablets are OK, but not ideal because of the small screen size & sound quality. Also they may be glitchy
For 'Singing Lessons' you will need a separate device to play backing tracks that you can sing along to.
We will provide these tracks for you in advance.
You will require ZOOM installed on your device and
you will require a decent internet signal
with a minimum of 5 meg download and upload
For Singing/Keyboard/Guitar lessons we may wish to email you backing tracks and/or musical notation sheets, in order for you to practice between lessons.
For Singing lessons, backing tracks will be supplied as an MP3 for you to play on a device whilst singing along during your lessons and to practice in between ...
PDF's will also be emailed to you where applicable.. For Singing & Guitar lessons, access to YouTube is required to play links to songs we may send you.
If you choose to do Grades then you will be required to purchase the applicable Trinity publication to support this.
In over 20 years we still have a 100% pass rate with both Trinity Guildhall and Trinity Rock & Pop.
We will advise you when it is suitable for you to enter a Singing/Keyboard/Guitar exam, and we will do all the 'behind the scenes' administration with Trinity so all you have to do is turn up and perform for your exam. (Currently with the COVID situation, exams are being held online via a self video demonstration of your abilities) Watch this space for any updates
We can help you get ready to join a choir or help you to own the stage for that big solo performance! You can have singing sessions just to improve health and well being and increase general confidence in your daily life. We can show you how to breath properly to support your singing, teach you techniques to improve your range and vocal agility. We will give you the skills you need to get the very best from your voice.Trinity Rock & Pop Exams are a fun way to get your vocal grades. Or for the more experienced singer, we can work with you to iron out specific problems and identify bad habits.
On the screen you will see a virtual keyboard that shows real time notes being highlighted in red as they are played by Des in the studio. Plus a close up camera focusing on hand positioning and correct finger placement. Also Cloud 9's unique own progress program software sheet, This tracks your improvement week by week. It is then automatically PDF to you updated after a completed lesson acting as 'your hard copy' reminder as to what should be practised, how you are progressing & bullet points that occurred during a lesson. Also contained within is a parent/guardian section for communication updates on how a pupil is progressing
On the screen you will see an automated chord strip displaying the chords being worked on which helps with finger placements on the fret-board. Cameras for dialogue and demonstrating various strum patterns & techniques. Also Cloud 9's unique own progress program software sheet, This tracks your improvement week by week. It is then automatically PDF' to you updated after a completed lesson acting as 'your hard copy' reminder as to what should be practised, how you are progressing & bullet points that occurred during a lesson. Also contained within is a parent/guardian section for communication updates on how a pupil is progressing
ALL ABOUT US
Amanda & Des met when they worked together as Musicians in their 20’s
Amanda sang and performed from the age of 3 years and started playing guitar aged 10. She turned professional at the age of 19 and worked with a number of bands as lead vocalist.
Des began playing keyboard and guitar in his teens and set up a studio in his loft where he began writing and recording his own songs. He was in a number of bands until he teamed up with Amanda and they worked as a duo in London restaurants & Wine bars.
After settling down together in Oxfordshire they formed the successful band Cloud 9 and played for weddings and parties in prestigious venues all around the area ( Blenheim, Waddesdon, Randolph, Hilton Hotel Chain, Four Pillars Hotel Chain, Sulgrave Manor, Whittlebury Hall,Thames river boat Cruises) to name a few.
Amanda did her teacher training in the early 90’s and set up her children’s MusiKids business. She also worked as a music specialist in schools. In 2002 , following training at the voices foundation, she started teaching "Anyone can sing", which today is known as the Cloud 9 Feelgood Choir.
This was shortly followed by the building of the studio and both Des and Amanda began teaching on a one to one basis. Des teaching keyboard, guitar, song writing and recording and Amanda teaching Vocal and Guitar.
In 2019 Amanda & Des relocated from Bicester in Oxfordshire, to Sutcombe in North Devon, recreating the same successful studio environment that saw so many pupils successfully through their grades
They are both passionate about what they do and cater for every level. They say “ We are truly privileged to be able to do what we love and get paid for it. Music is a gift that should be shared and we are truly blessed” .
The story continues!
“Amanda and Des are hugely talented musicians with endless enthusiasm and patience!
I love singing in Amanda's choir and my daughter adores her singing and guitar lessons with Amanda and her keyboard lessons with Des.
We have both grown in ability and confidence under their tuition.
I cannot recommend them both highly enough.”
“Amanda did some fantastic work with my daughter and she had a great exam result. Her voice improved 💯 with Amanda’s tutorage and we have some great recordings to listen back on. Her patience and understanding is remarkable as is her love for music. I was so impressed I even took lessons myself!”
“Amanda and Des are great music teachers. My son attended Amanda's music for toddlers and also had excellent guitar tuition from her. She has a very kind nature and is very professional and good with children.
I have also taken singing lessons and sung in Amanda's choirs. Whilst she is very professional and gets results, you will also have fun too. I recommend Amanda and Des to any future clients.
“Amanda and Des are warm, kind and talented musicians and excellent teachers. Their enthusiasm and determination to enable each person to achieve their musical potential means that hundreds are grateful for their skilled teaching and encouragement and the world has more music!! I was a member of Amanda’s choir in Bicester for over 10 years and loved every minute! Thank you for the music both of you 😊🌟”
“Both Amanda and Des have been the most professional music teachers. From preschool Musikids, singing, using instruments & sign language to guitar rock and roll grades both Amanda then Des have been so supportive. Our son has worked with both to develop his skill and he is now a motivated and enthusiastic rock guitarist who loves music. Thank you for your ongoing support. I highly recommend Cloud 9 Musica for their kind, caring and wholehearted teaching expertise as well as their performance. Thank you for influencing the lives of so many in such a positive way.”
“Our son started his music journey with Des on electric guitar and keyboard; he’s currently grade 4 on guitar 🎸 and still enjoys his music. Throughly recommended
“Amanda is a professional and fantastic singing teacher she has helped my daughter so much would recommend 100%”
“Amanda and Des are very talented musicians and great teachers. My daughter went to Amanda’s toddler and pre school music group. Amanda taught my daughter to read sheet music. My daughter also learned to play the recorder and ukulele and guitar.
Amanda is a gifted singer and we have been to concerts organised by Amanda and Des.
Such a gifted and generous couple with their time and talents.”
“I sang with Amanda’s Cloud 9 group in Bicester for several years whatever your aspirations- Amanda is lovely,professional and fun.
THE SMALL PRINT
Payment should always be made before any lesson takes place. Payments must be made by bank transfer.. In the event that there is a technical difficulty/problem preventing the lesson taking place, then a full refund is carried over for you.
In the event that you are unable to take your normal weekly slot, or fail to attend your online lesson when we call, it is at Cloud 9's discretion whether payment is still required for that lesson.
Any recordings you make of a lesson are strictly for personal use only, and by using our services, you undertake to agree to never upload any material to any social platform ie...Facebook, You Tube...etc...that features any tuition by Cloud 9 or content of your lesson without our express permission.
Whilst we welcome all enquiries from anywhere in the UK regarding online lessons, we specifically cover Devon, Cornwall, Oxfordshire, London, Somerset, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Northamptonshire, Surrey, Sussex, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Suffolk & Norfolk