Fees and FAQs
Do you do home visits?
- I teach piano lessons in Malton, Pickering and surrounding area. I travel to people’s homes across Ryedale.
- I live near Malton but don’t teach from home.
- Click here to check on current lesson availabilty.
How much do piano lessons cost?
- £18 for a 30 min lesson.
- £24 for a 45 min lesson.
- £30 for a 60 min lesson.
- For your convenience, I travel to students’ homes to teach.
- The first two lessons will be on a ‘pay as you play’ basis and acts as a probationary period. Payment will then be required for a minimum of 6 lessons in advance (a ‘Series’) or, if more convenient, you can ‘pay as you go’ and pay after each lesson.
- If paying on a Series basis, renewal payments are due by the last lesson of the current block in order to secure the same time slot for the following 6-weeks. I will remind you in person or via email the week prior to the payment being due (usually I will send an invoice for the next Series of lessons).
- I provide lots of support and resources outside of lessons via the login section of this interactive website. In this way, students don’t need to wait until their next lesson to get advice.
- My fees reflect both my qualifications, teaching experience and travel expenses. I spend a lot of time preparing individual lessons for students and always email notes to students/parents immediately after the lesson so that preparation can be made for the following week’s lesson.
- Note: 60 min lessons can be provided on a fortnightly basis if this is more convenient (adults often have busy schedules or family commitments). However, this depends on my other teaching commitments and needs to be negotiated on an individual basis.
Find out about current UK music lesson fees: https://www.ism.org/advice/private-music-tuition-fees-our-survey-results-2018
How do I pay for lessons?
- Payment can be made by cash, cheque, bank transfer and PayPal (price includes a small additional charge to cover Paypal fees – approx. 3.4% + £0.20). Parents and adult students have an account and associated login on this website which allows them to see invoices.
- Note: child students can also have a login to view lesson notes and schedules, but they do not have access to any financial information.
- For the first two lessons, fees will be due immediately after each lesson. From the third lesson onwards, the Student (or the Student’s parent or guardian) will pay the fees in advance for each Series (cash, cheque, bank transfer, PayPal), unless it has been agreed to pay lesson fees on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.
How often are lessons?
- Lessons are once per week (at the student’s home) as this gives students time to practice between lessons but without the opportunity to pick up bad habits! Fortnightly lessons can be arranged by negotiation.
- If the situation dictates (such as close to exams), extra lessons can be fitted in.
What about cancelled lessons?
- 48-hours notice is required for any lesson cancellations.
- In the event of a cancellation with this notice, I will do my best to re-schedule the lesson within the same week, but this is not guaranteed.
- If less than 48 hours notice is given then the lesson and payment is forfeited unless there are exceptional circumstances.
- If I have to cancel a lesson myself then I will either re-schedule, carry payment forward to the next Series of lessons, or provide a full refund.
Termination of Tuition
- Two-weeks’ notice is required for discontinuation of lessons.
Do I need a piano?
- An acoustic piano is the best choice, but a keyboard with full-size keys (and preferably a sustain pedal) can also be suitable depending on the make and features.
- If an acoustic piano is unsuitable for your home, then a digital piano may be the way forward – it won’t need tuning or servicing, and you can use headphones! The Roland F-20 is a good, relatively cheap choice for a beginner.
- Some piano shops even offer a hire scheme whereby you ‘rent’ a piano on a monthly basis, sometimes with the chance to purchase it further down the line.
- Get in touch if you are in any doubt as it depends on what you hope to get out of your music lessons.
What age-range do you teach?
- All ages from about 5/6 years to 70+ years old.
- I provide a structured piano course to develop technique and general musicianship.
- If your child has basic numeric and coordination skills (and is familiar with the alphabet), then lessons will be fine.
- Get in touch if you are unsure. Note: you are never too old to learn!
What do you teach?
- I can provide piano and music theory tuition or help with music composition (or a combination of all three depending on your needs).
- Note: music theory is normally incorporated into piano lessons, but sometimes students want/need extra tuition if they are having problems. Grade V Theory is a prerequisite for moving on to Grade 6 (or higher) ABRSM instrumental lessons.
Can you enter students for examinations?
- I am registered with the ABRSM and Trinity College London and can enter students for examinations.
- However, I never force students into an examination, competition or public performance without the prior consent of the student and their parent/guardian.
Do you accompany for instrumentalists in examinations?
- Yes, occasionally (depending on my teaching commitments).
- I prefer to have proper preparation so that students can see and hear how the piano fits in with their part. This might mean 3 or more sessions in advance of the examination.
Can parents sit in on lessons?
- In fact, during the first few lessons I encourage it in order that parents have a better idea about how to support their children with their practice.
- If I feel unable to continue tuition on account of conduct by the student or anyone connected with the student which makes it unethical or unsafe to continue teaching the student, the fees for any outstanding lessons will not be refundable.
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