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High quality, affordable music tuition
 High quality, affordable music tuition


What days do you teach?

I am available to teach all days except Sunday 9,30am till 7pm.

Where are you based?

I am based in central Pangbourne, Reading.

Do you just do home visits?

No, you can come to me if you prefer.

Do you teach theory grades?

Yes I do with the LCM popular music theory syllabus.

Where will I have to go for an LCM RGT or Trinity exam?

There are public exam centres across the country. The LCM one is in central Reading and the RGT one is in Basingstoke the Tinity one is is Sonning Common. If your child has done an exam at a school previously it won't be there because these are private exam centres.

Do you do lessons for the skills part of Duke of Edinburgh's Award ?

Yes I have done this on several occasions for piano and guitar as part of the skills section of Duke of Edinburgh's award

My child is 5 is this too young?

I teach a few 5 year olds successfully at present. However.....this typically depends on your child. We will do a few lessons to see if he or she is ready. I have special teaching material for young children that they will like.

My Child wants to do an exam by a certain date is this possible?

Exams measure progress but they don't produce progress. So when your child is a particular stage they can do the exam. It is important not to set too strict a schedule for exams as we are developing the whole musician, not just the skills needed to pass the grade exams. It is typically good to leave a year between exams unless in exceptional circumstances.

I want to start lessons but don't want to invest in a piano till I am sure I will take to it?

No problem. You can hire a piano from Hickies music shop in Reading, see links page for about £30.00 per month. If in doubt the music shop will help you or you can call me for advice.

How long a lesson will I need?

Typically children aged 4 to 5 will need a 20 minute lesson, older children will need a half hour lesson. People learning both piano and guitar will need a 45 minute to an hour lesson. Adult beginners may prefer to have a half hour slot and more advanced people may wish to have an hour a longer lesson on a fortnightly basis.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you cancel please give me as much notice as possible. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice you will be charged for the missed lesson. This is because I cannot fill this slot at short notice.

I only have a keyboard can my child learn piano?

Yes as long as it has full sized keys it will do for the first few terms until you are sure that they want to continue. After that you will need to hire or buy a piano as the touch of a piano is different because it has weighted keys. See the section on keyboard if you are unsure of the differences between piano and keyboard.
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