FAQs

How much do you charge?
20 mins: £10.00 (very young children who are not yet able to concentrate for 30 mins and beginner flute-players)
30 mins: £14.00
40 mins: £20.00
1 hour:    £28.00 
(For other lesson lengths please ask.)
 
What are your terms and conditions? 
Summary:
• Payment a half-term in advance (or for the rest of the half term when starting lessons part way through)
• 14-day ‘cooling-off’ period in case you change your mind
• After the ‘cooling-off’ period – no refunds unless I am unable to give a lesson but you may reschedule a lesson as long as you let me know the day before the lesson or sooner and as long as there’s a mutually convenient day / time before the start of the following half-term.
• After the ‘cooling-off’ period, I require a month or more’s notice before the end of the half term to give up lessons otherwise fees in lieu of notice are payable. 
For adults who don’t have a fixed day / time for their lessons I can be more flexible. 
 
Do you offer a trial lesson? 
Yes, charged at my usual rate. 
 
Where do lessons take place? 
At my home about half a mile from Droitwich town centre. 
Droitwich is about 3 miles from Wychbold and from Fernhill Heath, 6 miles from Bromsgrove and 7 miles from Worcester. 
 
How often are lessons? 
Lessons are weekly unless otherwise agreed.

What ages of pupils do you teach?

Piano: Ages 3 to adult. Very young children can learn piano using a method which doesn’t require the child to have any knowledge of the alphabet or to know which is their right or left hand: www.dogsandbirds.co.uk
 
Flute: Ages 6 to adult. Young children can initially learn on a fife (a small instrument which looks a bit like the recorder but held sideways and blown like a flute) or with a flute which has a curved headjoint (the section of the flute which the player blows across) making the distance between left hand and lips several inches shorter without shortening the length of the tube of the flute, thereby making it easier to hold but without affecting the sound. Non-metal flutes also now exist which are lighter to hold than metal ones. 
 
Do you have a clear enhanced DBS check? (Disclosure and Barring Service, formerly CRB)
Yes, I do have this and I subscribe to the DBS Update service which means that my DBS check is updated weekly. 
 
Are there any extras to pay for?
• Yes – sheet music, tutor books, theory workbooks, notebook etc.
• Any exam / festival entry fees (if applicable).
• A metronome may also be useful but there are free online metronomes and apps available.
• Flute players will need a music stand, flute cleaning cloths and cleaning rod if these are not supplied with your flute.
Tip: It’s worth checking your local charity shops for sheet music – it’s possible to buy sheet music and music books, often in very good condition, at very reasonable prices and support your local charity at the same time. In Worcester St. Richard’s Hospice ‘Snowdrops’ Bookshop (St. Swithin’s St) has a selection of sheet music and music books. Barnardo’s charity shop nearby sometimes has some sheet music. Also the Daisychain Benevolent Fund bookshop in St John’s in Worcester has sheet music; ask a member of staff – when I’ve been there, there’s been more sheet music in the back room. 
 
What pianos do you have? I have an acoustic Yamaha U3 upright piano and also a Technics digital piano (88-note, touch sensitive).