Fees and music
From January 2019 my fees will be £35 per hour lesson or part thereof. Pupils will also be charged for music and examination fees at cost when necessary. I will often recommend music to be purchased and can obtain this if required and be reimbursed afterwards.
Lessons should be paid for in blocks of 4 in advance. A bank transfer is the preferred form of payment, but I am also happy to accept cash and cheques. In exceptional circumstances pupils may be allowed to pay on a weekly basis, but I reserve the right to withdraw this privilege if I feel it is being abused. I offer a 5% discount for payments of 5 lessons at a time.
If I have to cancel a lesson it will be made up at a time to suit the pupil. Lessons cancelled notice or missed by pupils with less than 48 hours will not be refunded or rearranged except at my discretion. Pupils who have been allowed to pay weekly and miss a lesson without 48 hours notification will be charged the full fee, payable by the next lesson.
I teach all year. I teach a variety of pupils, (adults and children) and, therefore, don’t work to school term times. If a student is not going to be available for lessons due to being away I do expect to be given at least a week’s notice.
If a student is going to be missing a block of lessons due to a long holiday (i.e. over the summer holidays), a retainer fee will be charged to hold a weekly lesson slot. This will be charged at 50% of the usual lesson fee for each week missed.
I will give notice in advance if I am unable to teach due to a holiday and will make up lessons / give a credit accordingly
I do not teach on Bank Holidays but am happy to try to rearrange a lesson in the same week or I will credit the lesson if it isn’t possible to make it up.
Four weeks’ notice is normally required to discontinue lessons, although this may be waived if I am able to fill your lesson slot immediately. Lessons already paid for will not be refunded.
Mastering an instrument is as much about practising as musical talent. Students should practise regularly – preferably every day. Short, frequent practice is the most effective way to learn, especially for beginners.
Students must have access to a suitable instrument, which is properly maintained (i.e. tuned regularly) or a touch-sensitive electronic keyboard or digital piano with weighted keys, on which to practise. A dedicated stool or chair, preferably adjustable, is also important. I am more than happy to advise if you need recommendations.