FAQs

How much do you charge?

Lessons take on or before 4th September 2022:
20 mins: £11.00 (young children and beginner flute-players)
30 mins: £15.00
45 mins: £22.50
1 hour:    £30.00
(For other lesson lengths, please ask.)

Lessons taken on ore after Monday 5th September 2022 until further notice: 
20 mins: £12.00 (young children and beginner flute-players)
30 mins: £17.00
45 mins: £25.50
1 hour:   £34.00
(For other lesson lengths, please ask.)

Do you offer a trial lesson?
Yes, charged at my usual rate.
 
Where do lessons take place?
Face-to-face at my home in Droitwich or online, via Skype, Zoom or other online platform. 
 
How often are lessons? 
Lessons are weekly unless otherwise agreed.

What ages of pupils do you teach?

Piano: Ages 4 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.
 
Am I too old to learn an instrument?
No! I’ve taught a number of adults over the years, including some who are retired and were total beginners. Provided you practise your instrument, you can learn and improve.
 
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 automatically updated weekly.
 
Are there any extras to pay for?
Yes, For example: 
• 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.
Further afield, the Cotswold Canal Trust bookshop in Brimscombe Corner, Stroud, stocks second-hand sheet music (you may need to ask as it’s housed separately). When I was there recently (August 2022), there were two big boxes stuffed with piano music and there was also a big box of flute music as well as music for other instruments / voices, all very reasonably priced and in very good condition. 
 
Do you enter pupils for exams? 
Yes, if the pupil, parent and I (or adult pupil and I) agree to this. I use ABRSM exams but am open to using other exam boards if requested.
 
What pianos do you have? I have an acoustic Yamaha U3 upright piano and also a Technics digital piano (88-note, touch sensitive).
 
Do you offer gift vouchers for lessons? 
No, I’m sorry, I don’t.