Notes of Praise is a Christian music school registered with the Barbados Accreditation Council, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth as a Cultural Practitioner and the TVET Council as an N/CVQ Centre. Notes of Praise is the first Barbadian institution to be approved to offer the CVQ in Musical Performance Level 2.
We offer courses in Bass Guitar, CXC Music, Drums, Flute, Keyboards, Kids Music, Kids Drums, Music Theory, Praise Ensemble, Rhythm Guitar, Sound Engineering, Violin and Vocals. Notes of Praise caters to families, churches and individuals. Students are accepted from three years up to eighty-five years and our cadre of exceptional musicians, tutor them from absolute beginners to an intermediate level.
There is also the option to pursue CXC Music and the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) exams. Several of our graduates have since attended the BCC Music Program and/or Music Directors at their churches and/or in the teaching profession.
Notes of Praise was founded by Vallis Jemmott in 2003 and commenced with ten keyboard students at the Nazarene Tabernacle in Eagle Hall. Within a year, the program expanded to include, Bass Guitar, Music Theory and Vocals. In October 2013, Notes of Praise Inc. moved to its current location in Stanmore Crescent in Black Rock. Keyboards, Kids Drums and Drums are also held in the Jemmotts Complex in Church Street, Speightstown.
Highlights for the School over the years include, winning the Massy Creative Award and the Jackie Opel Award for the Most Outstanding Original Musical Act, performing at the NIFCA gala a Silver medal at NIFCA 2014. We were nominated for a Sectorial Award by the Small Business Association and were one of the twelve finalists on the “Bank On Me” Season 2 television show.
In 2014 one of our students Patrice Gill was in the top ten students in the Caribbean CXC Music results and in 2015 Barbados received 4 Grade 1’s and Notes of Praise was the recipient of three of them. In addition, one of our students Sharyn Gittens placed 6th in the entire Caribbean in CXC Music. During December 2016, Notes of Praise participated in Carols by Candlelight at Ilaro Court and Christmas on the Boardwalk at Hastings.
Showcases are held annually, the last two being held at the Frank Collymore Hall. Over the years, hundreds of students have grown musically and are recording, teaching, writing, playing and impacting their churches, schools and communities.
To be a world class musical education and technological facility, uplifting the standard of music in the Caribbean to the level to where our talents are portrayed worldwide.