Notes of Praise is a Christian music school registered with the Barbados Accreditation Council. We offer training in a wide range of instruments including Keyboards, Drums, Bass and Rhythm Guitar, ‘Kids Music’, CXC Music and Sound Engineering. (click for full list of courses). The courses are designed to teach the absolute beginner to intermediate levels the fundamentals on their instruments.
Children are accepted between ages three and five for ‘Kids Music’ and ‘Kids Drums’ and ages six for Keyboards, Steel pan and Drums. Rhythm Guitar, Music theory and Voice are available for children from the age of seven. Notes of Praise currently offers the Royal School of Music Piano and Theory exams and will be accepting students for Classical Voice from April in 2012. Teens and adults are welcomed across the range of courses.
There is an annual concert held in July each year where students showcase their talents. Students are also encouraged to utilize their talents at school, community events and churches and the tutors are willing to assist for these events. The tutors are very capable of guiding you during the learning process and are among the best in Barbados in their areas of expertise. The majority are graduates of the Barbados Community College Music Program.
Classes are held at the Stanmore Crescent, Black Rock, St. Michael. Alternatively keyboard, drums and ‘Kids Drums’ are held in Jemmotts Complex Church Street, Speightstown.
. Notes of Praise was founded in May 2003 by Mr. Vallis Jemmott who recognized the need as director of the Nazarene Music Institute (now defunct) for musical training for Nazarene musicians. The first classes commenced with ten adult students on keyboards with Mr. Jemmott as the tutor. The enthusiasm of these students and their desire to either play in their local churches or improve their musical abilities was exceptional; leading to an expanded program.
By September of the same year, Bass Guitar, Theory and Vocal were added to meet the demand of prospective students in those areas. During this September term the first child was accepted. In April 2004 Notes of Praise Music School had its first showcase at the Collymore Rock Church of the Nazarene. The feature address was given by Mr. Roger Gittens coordinator of the Barbados Community College Associate Degree in Fine Arts.
Highlights over the years include our annual showcase held yearly in July, participating at NIFCA, hosting our fifth annual showcase at the Frank Collymore Hall, winning numerous awards at the Barbados Association of Piano Teachers Assessment series and “Breakthrough: The Ascent” a musical production held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in October 2010. In addition, several churches have benefitted as their members have been trained at Notes of Praise.
Currently, Notes of Praise offers fourteen courses from absolute beginners to intermediate levels by our thirteen tutors. The ages of students range from three to seventy years with several of the more advanced students entering the Associate Degree in fine Arts (Music) at the Barbados Community College.
Notes of Praise Inc. was incorporated in 2007.
To improve the music ministry of local churches by enhancing the abilities of individuals in the entertainment arena in Barbados and across the Caribbean to the point where their talent is of an international standard. It also provides musicians who are called to full-time ministry with an avenue to utilize their talents through teaching, song writing, recording, arranging and producing.