Lessons: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much do your weekly, ongoing lessons cost? How do you like to be paid?
A: £32 for an hour or £16 for half an hourThe first taster lesson is free! Bank transfer over the internet, a month in advance.

Q: Can I buy some lessons as a gift for someone?
A: That's fine. 

Q: Could I have an occasional, one-off lesson or consultation?
A: No problem. The cost is either £34 per hour or £17 per half-hour.

Q: What if I don't want to carry on?
A: That's fine! I always suggest that the first month can be a trial period to see if you like it. I will try to do everything I can to help you enjoy being a musician and succeed in your musical ambitions but if in the unlikely event that it's not working out for you, for whatever reason, then I respect your right to try something else.

Q: How often are the ongoing lessons?
A: Ideally, I like to teach students once a week as this gives ample time for them to practice between lessons and not long enough to pick up any bad habits or lose motivation. Additional lessons, often before exams, concerts or competitions can be arranged as needed.

Q: I don't yet have an instrument, can I still start lessons?
A: You could but obviously, you will make much quicker progress when you can regularly practice on your own instrument at home. A cheap instrument or app even, will be enough at first.

Q: I own a keyboard, is that good enough to start with or do I need to buy a piano?
A: Keyboards are just fine for learning music on. I started learning music on a keyboard myself and still regularly play on keyboards (I own three keyboards and three pianos at the last count!).

Q: How much will an instrument/equipment cost me to buy and do you sell them?
A: eBay can be a good source of cheap starter instruments, or if you wish to purchase new, a good starter keyboard will cost around £100 and a good starter piano, around £400. Music recording software is very cheap and some devices even come bundled with free software!

Q: I am a little on the old side. Is it too late for me? Do you teach older people?
A: It's never too late to learn! Better late than never! These sayings are the mottos of my young at heart students. I've taught lots of adults over the years, some well into their 70s. Adults have a drive and determination to learn that some younger people have yet to develop.

Q: I don't want to take exams, I just want to play for fun. Is that okay?
A: No problem. Exams are not for everyone. Playing for pleasure is the whole point to music.

Q: Do you take work experience people?
A: Sorry no. The nature of music teaching in a one to one environment means that third parties can make a student understandably uncomfortable.

Q: Do you teach guitar and/or singing?
A: Teaching keyboard instruments and computer music is my main focus although I do assist a few of my students who wish to sing.

Q: I would love to make my own tracks on my computer. Is it expensive setting up?
A: No! If you own a computer then I can set you up with FREE recording software and samples to get you started.

Q: My child is very keen. At what age can he/she start?
A: An ideal age is around seven years old, although I have taught children as young as five successfully with lots of support from parents and good literacy skills. I was seven when I started.

Q: Should I be nervous about starting lessons with you?
A: I would most definitely say no to that one. I like to put my students at ease. Although I expect my students to try their best, I also live in the real world and understand some of the challenges that can occasionally hinder progress. I believe in good communication so that I can empathise and assist. I am always available for a chat to discuss problems or worries between lessons.

Q: I can't find the answer to my question. Help!
A: No problem. Just click on the CONTACT tab and ask away . . .

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