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Shona's Story

17 year old Shona started homeschooling in Portugal at the start of her A levels so that she could concentrate on her love of music.

“I chose to homeschool because I am very involved in music. I am currently working to complete my violin Grade 8 ABRSM exam in June 2020. In addition to that I also play other instruments and run a YouTube channel. I am currently working on new projects going up on YouTube soon.

Homeschooling allows me to do all this because I am able to create my own schedule. I feel that I can focus more on what I enjoy with the flexibility I have now.”

Read Violinist Cedar's story

Developing Independent Learning Skills

“I have been living in Portugal for 10 years and used to attend an international school here in the Algarve, where I was taught Portuguese. The Algarve is a particularly international place with a very wide variety of nationalities and there are many music teachers around. I’ve also been able to participate in numerous concerts and musical productions over the years. I enjoy living here particularly because of the warm weather!

The biggest change has to be the fact that I have to teach myself the course material and make sure that I am understanding what needs to be done. The most enjoyable aspect of my study so far is the flexible timetable and that I can plan my days according to my musical practice and lessons through the week.”

Looking to the future

“I am planning to take a gap year when I have finished school. This is primarily to focus on my interests before I decide whether I want to go to University.

I am mainly interested in the production, mixing and mastering of music videos as opposed to performing which I have had to do a lot of so far but don’t enjoy that much. A sound engineering and production degree interests me, but I may apply for an apprenticeship as learning on the job may be another way of pursuing my interests.

My tips for other students… I think having a clear schedule for each day helps me make good use of my time and makes me stick to it. So far I’m able to fulfil everything I want to do in a day.”

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