Media release: Online music tuition eases self-isolation stress


DURING this period of self-isolation, many people are looking to fill their time by learning a new skill.

If you love music and would like to play or sing, it could be the ideal time to learn something new or brush up on your musical passion from the past.

Music school and charity, Nomad Beat, had to close its doors to play its part in helping to control the spread of COVID-19. In response to requests from current pupils, the tutors are continuing to work with the majority of students, ranging in age from four to late seventies, via online lessons, and now the school’s tutors are geared to take on new pupils.

Dr Ruth Kirby is the charity’s service manager and she knows from current students just how much enjoyment people have found by making their dream of playing or singing a reality.

She said: “We are now set up to offer tuition online and our lovely tutors can help people develop their skills to exam level, should they want to, or just to enjoy being able to play or sing.

“We can offer tuition for people interested in singing, mandolin, guitar, banjo, ukulele or bass guitar; fiddle or violin; piano; drums and clarinet.”

Music can touch and change the lives of people and this was just one aspect of the vision of the late Alison Cameron, whose passion led to the creation of Nomad Beat just over ten years ago.

Early in 2015, Alison had just received the school’s first significant grant when she died very suddenly. Since then, many people have worked and volunteered to keep Alison’s dream alive and the music school has provided music tuition to hundreds of people in Tweeddale and is now able to extend the dream further afield.

Ruth continued: “Our ambition is simple; Nomad Beat strives to offer accessible music making and tuition to everyone who wants it and to benefit members of our local community, especially those directly affected by poverty, ill-health and social isolation.

“We have so many students who started their musical journey with us and absolutely love what they do, so in these worrying times, learning to make music could be a delightful distraction.”

To find out more about Nomad Beat’s online tuition contact Ruth by email at or check out the website to read more about the charity’s work and its tutors.

The music school is based at 10-11 Cherry Court, Cavalry Park, Peebles EH45 9BU.


Notes for editors:

For further information contact Ruth Kirby on 07732 125687 or by email at or Doreen Graham on 0759000 9953 or

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