I’ll be honest, I’m British, so you may possibly be able to imagine my excitement when, just a few weeks after moving to South Korea, I saw the announcement that The British Music School was opening in Busan.
The school opened its door in September 2016 with Director Jonathan Coleman heading up a small team of highly qualified teachers to offer one-to-one lessons. When they first opened, their offering was limited to lessons for piano, violin, and voice, but I am pleased to say they have now expanded their teaching team and have added guitar, cello, viola, flute and even the harp to their musical expertise. Each instrument is taught in English by a qualified teacher and, before committing to signing up to their lessons, you are invited to go down and visit the school and enjoy a 30-minute trial lesson, completely free of charge.
This is exactly what we did last December once I had two youngsters settled into their new life here in Busan and eager to get back to their respective instruments. The school is open 6 days a week (closed on Sundays) so we popped down one Saturday morning for trial lessons and, let’s just say that, almost 6 months on, we’re still going strong with the tuition!
Not only do both my children adore their teachers and the British Music School itself, but they have come on leaps and bounds with their ability to read music, their understanding of the instrument they’re learning, and are more confident in their own skills as a growing musician. Their lessons include work with percussion instruments to reinforce the learning of rhythms (the bells pictured here are a big hit with my son!) and they are also supervised to use music programmes on i-Pads to reinforce their overall learning experience and make things a bit more fun.
While you may think that such a school is limited to children, there is absolutely no age limit when it comes to learning a musical instrument! From 3 to (let’s say) 103, it’s never too late to start. I have two friends who delight in taking weekly piano lessons while their children are at school, so if you’ve always wanted to play, but never quite found the time, this is your chance!
Upon deciding to learn a musical instrument at the British School of music, you can pick an available time slot and pay as you go in monthly installments.Payment is calculated on having one 50-minute lesson a week, so 4 lessons a month. For younger students who may find it difficult to sit through a whole lesson, the school offers a junior programme option for 5-7 year olds which is a 30 minute class, rather than the usual 50 minute. Being a student at the school allows you to use their practice rooms in the week if you need to, and also gives students a chance to perform a piece (should they wish to) at their informal concerts that they organize for friends and families throughout the year.
Affiliated with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, as well as other musical boards recognised around the world, students can work towards gaining their grade certifications in their chosen instruments for both practical and theory exams.
Very centrally located at Centum, the British Music School can be found in the road directly opposite Shinsegae Department Store. If coming by car, you can use the car park below the school and receive 1 hour free upon the receptionist stamping your ticket.
The school itself is within the small shopping centre shown here. The door is just next to Olive Young on the ground floor. Walk down the corridor and it will be on your left hand side.
If coming by metro, you need to take Line 2 and get off at Bexco (206) From there, take exit no. 9 and walk straight ahead. You will see signs for the school on your left hand side.. There are also plenty of buses that stop on the main stretch of road outside Shinsegae Centum City including 39,40, 63,141, and 155.
The British Music School
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