Violin lessons in Nottingham
Rachel Jennings MA LRSM

Q: What ages and playing levels do you teach?
A: I teach children from age 7 upwards, and I am qualified to teach beginners to Grade 8 level. I welcome adult students of any age or level, including beginners.

Q: Do you teach pairs or groups?
A: I only teach individual students.

Q: What are your teaching hours?
A: I teach in the afternoons and evenings Tuesday-Friday, and on Saturday mornings. Lessons run alongside the Nottingham City state school calendar. All lesson slots are subject to availability.

Q: Do you offer flexible lessons that I can fit around my schedule?
A: No. I teach to a fixed weekly timetable, with students holding specific day/time slots which they attend each week.

Q: Do you offer fortnightly or occasional lessons?
A: No. To establish routine and promote confidence and motivation I only offer weekly lessons.

Q: If a student already has a teacher, e.g. sessions at school, do you offer supplementary or ‘top-up’ lessons?
A: No. Instructing another teacher’s student can be confusing for the student and lead to professional misunderstandings. Lessons are offered on an exclusive basis only.

Q: Can you come to my house to teach?
A: No. All lessons take place at my home studio, where we can access a full range of learning resources and work uninterrupted.

Q: Is your teaching practice accessible by public transport?
A: Yes. Sherwood is a 10-minute bus ride from the city centre, and my studio is a 5 minute walk from the bus stop.

Q: Do you have a waiting area for parents?
A: I do not have a waiting area or cloakroom facilities. This is for legal and professional reasons. Please note that I am also unable to accommodate siblings and/or friends.

Q: How much do lessons cost?
A: Lesson fees for academic year 2017-18 are £16.00 per 30 mins/£32.00 per 60 mins. Lessons are billed by the term.

Q: Do you have a standard format for communication?

A: Yes. All communication is via email. At least one frequently checked email address is required for enrolment. Please note that all appointments must be booked and confirmed, in writing, in advance.

Q: How are lessons billed?

A: Fees are paid electronically in line with notified deadlines. Invoices are emailed in PDF for advance payment at the end of each term. This reserves your time slot over the holidays and covers the following term’s tuition.

Q: What if I cannot attend a lesson?
A: As with most timetabled classes and activities, missed or cancelled lessons cannot be rearranged, refunded or in any other way compensated.

Q: Do I pay for the consultation lesson?
A: Yes. A consultation involves a professional assessment of the student’s needs, and is charged at the standard rate for a 60 minute lesson.

Q: Will I need my own violin?
A: Yes. A violin is essential for lessons, including a consultation lesson. Violins come in different sizes and it is important for students to learn on the correct one. I am happy to advise students on hire and purchase.

Q: Do you prepare students for grade exams?
A: Once I consider the student’s overall playing level to be of the required standard, I am happy to supervise exam preparation.

Here are some of the most common questions people ask about lessons - and of course I am happy to answer any others, so please get in touch using the form on the Contact page.

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