What style of music do you teach?
I teach all genres of music, be it classical, jazz, blues or more popular songs. The most important thing when learning an instrument is to enjoy the music you are performing and have fun.
How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching piano and trumpet for almost 40 years.
Where do you teach music lessons?
I teach from my home in Nottingham, in a separate room with specific access for pupils.
Do I need to read music?
It is obviously an advantage if you can already do so, but it is not essential and can be incorporated into each lesson.
What is your musical education?
I trained at The Guildhall School of Music, a world renowned music conservatoire. I also gained qualified teacher status at Nottingham University.
What is your payment policy?
You can pay each week by cash or once a moth by cheque or BACS. There is a 24 hour notice cancellation policy, but it is not rigid if we can fit another lesson in that week.
Do you offer group lessons?
Only in music theory. One to one tuition is best when learning a musical instrument.
Do I need an instrument to start?
A keyboard is adequate to begin with for piano lessons and can be used for several years. You can rent a trumpet for a short time if you don’t want to buy one, but basic trumpets are not expensive.
Should I buy a musical tuition book?
I can recommend books for you, but I often have low priced second hand ones for sale that students pass around.
Do I have to take musical grade exams?
Absolutely not, they are there if you want to take them. Enjoying your music is what it’s all about! They do provide a musical qualification if that is what you require. I used to be an examiner so I’m well aware of the requirements for grade exams.
How often should I take lessons?
It is recognised by educationalists that a weekly lesson provides the best progress, but I don’t insist on it. If you can afford a weekly lesson then you should have one, but I’m quite flexible.