Piano & other keyboards
Harpsichord (& similar)
Recorder (descant & treble)
Melodeon (D/G, B/C & others)
Classical (mainly) including Baroque & Early Music
Jazz / Ragtime
Country / Folk
R n B
Beginners to Advanced
Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)
Substantial experience of 30+ years as soloist and accompanist and session musician across UK and abroad - especially on organ, piano, harpsichord and other keyboards but also on other instruments in the above list - playing for numerous individuals, folk and jazz bands of varying sizes and instrumental line-ups, orchestras and both smaller specialist choral groups, especially advanced professional / semi-professional cathedral, university college chapel and church choirs, both professional and amateur (but often accomplished and very capable) ensembles and larger choral societies, as well as with/for other instrumentalists and/or singers - and in various styles and genres (classical, jazz, traditional folk & popular), also both professional and amateur.
Various advanced diplomas with prizes from the Royal College of Organists and Associated Board.
All standards from complete beginners to Diploma level, and in classical, jazz and popular styles, mainly in towns listed and outlying areas but also across UK. Preparation and assistance are also available for practical and theory examinations of the principal music examining boards, especially for ABRSM Grade 5 theory (which is a long-time prerequisite qualification for entry to higher ABRSM practical grades), as well as for festivals and competitions, or for simply playing for pleasure.
Detailed and often substantial notes of what was covered in each session are sent to learners by e-mail, so that they have enough to work on between sessions as well as a point of reference to ensure continuity, and they can also get in contact with any musical queries or difficulties that they encounter in the meanwhile, which are answered as best as possible in the remote circumstances.
20+ years’ tutoring experience with several current learners of 10+ years’ standing.
Member of the following professional bodies / organizations:-
European Piano Teachers’ Association (EPTA)
Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) - full member (MISM)
Musicians’ Union (MU)
Royal College of Organists (RCO)
Different paces of learning and tutoring adopted to suit the ambitions and needs of individual learners. Learners of all ages (accompanied by / in the presence of a responsible adult if under 18 years of age in both online and face-to-face tutoring sessions) welcome. Home visits are usually possible within reason.
Sessions can also be organized & conducted via Skype, WhatsApp or Zoom and also if more ideal or necessary via FaceTime or WeChat on agreed dates and times, regardless of most locations of both tutor & learner.
NB - sessions are currently taking place either in-person / face-to-face or mainly online from any location worldwide at agreed times via the above alternative electronic media platforms; however, regardless of locations sessions in future may take place solely online as before at various times according to whatever COVID-19-related guidelines & restrictions are currently in force.
Levels of fees (reviewed periodically):-
30 minutes (1/2 hour) - £25
45 minutes (3/4 hour) - £35
60 minutes (1 hour) - £40
90 minutes (1 1/2 hours) - £60
120 minutes (2 hours) - £75
- usually payable by online BACS transfer or PayPal shortly before or after each session, when relevant payment details are supplied.
Alternative bulk / block of 6 options (for the cost of 5):-
6 x 1/2-hour / 30-minute sessions @ a reduced combined fee of £125 (saving £25)
6 x 3/4-hour / 45-minute sessions @ a reduced combined fee of £175 (saving £35)
6 x 1-hour / 60-minute sessions @ a reduced combined fee of £200 (saving £40)
6 x 1 1/2-hour / 90-minute sessions @ a reduced combined fee of £300 (saving £60)
In all the above block options:-
After the 1st session in each block the relevant payment details are supplied, the full total is then payable promptly by online BACS transfer or PayPal after the 1st session in each block of 6 following receipt of the relevant invoice, & afterwards a running tally is kept of the total no. of sessions completed within each block of 6 after each session & recorded on the notes.
For those who opt for 1/2-hour / 30-minute sessions (either as single ones or in blocks of 6) the 1st session is a 3/4-hour / 45-minute one and applies only once - all others last the normal length.
For those who opt for 3/4-hour / 45-minute sessions (either as single ones or in blocks of 6) the 1st session is a 1-hour / 60-minute one and applies only once - all others last the normal length.
For those who opt for 1-hour / 60-minute sessions (either as single ones or in blocks of 6) the 1st session is a 1 1/2-hour / 90-minute one and applies only once - all others last the normal length.
For those who opt for 1 1/2-hour / 90-minute sessions (either as single ones or in blocks of 6) the 1st session is a 2-hour / 120-minute one and applies only once - all others last the normal length.
NB - no similar single or block concession applies to those who opt for 2-hour / 120 minute sessions.
Where applicable (as regards face-to-face tutoring sessions) fees include reasonable travel expenses to and from sessions and within approximately a 15 mile radius; additional travel expenses will be charged if applicable, and agreed in advance.
NB - Levels of fees can also be negotiable but obviously within good reason for those with lower levels of income or in genuine hardship, depending on individual circumstances.
Fee (30 minutes): £25.00
Fee (60 minutes): £40.00
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