Free Trial Lessons
Every student's initial lesson is free. This 45 minute lesson gives you a chance to tell me about your musical experiences so far, so that I can begin to plan your term's lessons. It also gives me an opportunity to show you some of the learning methods we would be using, to give you an idea of how I teach. This enables you to form an informed opinion about my teaching before we start lessons.
Weekly or Fortnightly Lessons
Weekly lessons are the most popular choice for students who wish to have a lesson once a week, during term time. Lessons are at the same time, every week or fortnight, and can be for 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or an hour, depending on your concentration levels, playing ability and speed of learning. Beginners usually have 30 minutes, Intermediate level students (approx. Grade 3-5) usually have 45 minutes, and Advanced level students (post-Grade 5) usually have an hour. Fortnightly lessons are only available for adults. Lessons take place at my home. Arrangement for lessons in students homes can be arranged within a 2 mile distance.
If you want to start learning, but haven't hired or purchased an instrument yet, I offer free assistance to accompany the student to the shop, dealer or auction house to find the right instrument for them. This can take anything from two hours to a whole day, and more than one trip may be required, but it will always be free for registered students.
Concerts and Workshops
At the end of every other term, (i.e. just before the Winter, Spring and Summer holidays,) we aim to hold an informal concert in a local hall for pupils to showcase their work together with friends and family. Performance is not compulsory, but participation is highly encouraged to help support other students, and students always say that something valuable is learned from these events, even if they attend but don't perform.
Paying for lessons and sheet music
If booking a lesson online, payment can be made by cash at the beginning or end of the lesson. Payment can be made online through direct transfer prior to the lesson - please contact me for the details. From Term 2, you will also be able to book lessons in a termly block, which will vary according to how many weeks there are in that term, but you will have the same time slot every week reserved. Please note that my fee prices run concurrently with Musician's Union rates.
If you would like me to order music for you, payment can be made on collection of the music by cash, or through direct transfer before ordering. This offers a 10% educational discount on orders over a certain amount.
Exam fees must be paid for at the time of sending in the examination entry, which is usually at the beginning of the term the exam is due to take place in.
Concerts are currently free for students and audience, but a donation towards the cost of the hall and refreshments is gratefully accepted.
Reviews from past students
"I have been taught by Emily for over ten years and so have experienced being taught as a nine year old when Em made the lessons so fun, to being taught as a nineteen year old where although we were taking it all more seriously, there was still time for fun. She is an inspirational teacher and makes you really want to practise and improve. I have learnt so much from Em, both musically and personally as she is such a friendly and optimistic person. The lessons are always upbeat and her enthusiasm is infectious. Em knows how to push you to achieve your best without being pushy!" Iona M.
"I find Emily a very patient and understanding teacher, very good at explaining theory and is happy to repeat again, until I do understand. I enjoy my Cello lessons very much because Emily is very friendly and she makes my lessons fun." Georgia M.