Here are some of the most common questions I receive from prospective students. If your query does not appear below, please get in touch using the form on the Contact page and I will do my best to help.
Q: What ages and playing levels do you teach?
A: I teach children face-to-face from age 7, and online from age 10. I welcome adult students of any age, and teach from beginner level to advanced.
Q: Do you teach individuals, pairs or groups?
A: All lessons are one-to-one.
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: Sorry, no. I teach to a fixed weekly timetable, with students holding specific day/time slots which they attend each week in term-time.
Q: Do you offer fortnightly or occasional lessons?
A: No; to establish routine and promote confidence and motivation I only offer weekly lessons.
Q: How much do lessons cost?
A: Rates for academic year 2020-21 are £17.00 per 30 mins (recommended for younger children) and £34.00 per 60 mins (older students and/or Grade 5+). Lessons are billed by the term, in advance.
Q: How are lessons billed?
A: All fees are paid electronically in line with scheduled 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, I am not able to rearrange or refund missed or cancelled lessons. This applies to all student cancellations.
Q: Do I pay for the consultation?
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. 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: Can you come to my house to teach?
A: No; all lessons take place at my home studio or online, where we can access my full range of learning resources and work uninterrupted.
Q: Do you have a waiting area for parents?
A: For legal and professional reasons I do not have a waiting area or cloakroom facilities. Please note that I am unable to accommodate other family members.
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. Local amenities include shops and cafes.
Q: I am interested in online lessons. What will I need?
A: You will need a laptop or desktop computer (phones and tablets are not advisable), good internet connection and reasonable audio quality (there are various ways to improve both). Home set-ups can vary widely, so feel free to contact me with any questions.
Q: Do you prepare students for grade exams?
A: Once I consider a student’s overall playing level to be of an appropriate standard, I am happy to supervise exam preparation.
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: How many lessons will I need?
A: Unlike academic subjects, there is no curriculum or course of study when learning
an instrument one-to-one. Lessons are accepted on an ongoing basis and are tailored
to each student’s own pace and learning style. Rates of progress will therefore vary
between individual students.
Q: How do your students contact you?
A: All my professional communication is by email, with two frequently checked email
addresses required for enrolment. Please note that all appointments must be booked
and confirmed, in writing, in advance.
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