Welcome!

Ringing Strings is my mobile music school for classical and acoustic guitar, mandolin and ukulele. I work in a number of primary schools in Cambridgeshire, teaching pupils during their school day - either individually, in small groups or whole classes.

This site is an easy way for me to communicate with a large number of parents and pupils. If you are a new customer, there are pages of information about the instruments, grades etc and explaining how I work. If you are already signed up for lessons, you should have your own login (see below) for your weekly lesson notes.

Do have a look round the site, and you are welcome to email me if your question is not answered here. The site does not include lesson prices, as there are different arrangements in different schools. 

I've been teaching music in schools for over 20 years now and I still love it and I'm still learning!

And by the way, I'm fully up to date with Child Protection requirements including DBS, and am a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).

Thanks!  Hugh Boyde

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News, updates and musings

December 3rd 2016

Ukulele pupils, here is a nice free downloadable Xmas selection if you want some extra songs to strum over the festive. Guitar pupils, if you don't already own First Carols for guitar by John Whitworth, get yourself a copy and try some of them out.

November 4th 2016

Here is a nice set of ukulele clips that I came across recently. Rob MacKillop is a fine player of many fretted instruments, and has published a number of ukulele books. In these clips he plays and demonstrates some of his own ukulele studies and arrangements. 

October 31st 2016

Over the summer hols I sat down with one of my partners in crime, Brian Cleary, and we made a few video clips. (This was a first for both of us!)  We played old jazz and ragtime, with me on my "other" instruments (mandolin and banjo) and Brian on acoustic guitar. In this clip we are making some 1920s jazz sounds on one of my own tunes, called "Bee in a Bottle Blues",

If you like it, we made three other clips that afternoon - you can find them all on YouTube :)