Guitar Lessons

I offer classical guitar lessons from a purpose built studio at my home in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. I can also provide lessons via Skype, please contact me to discuss further details.

Approach

My teaching focus is on developing proper technique in order to express musical and emotional content.  I believe that the student-teacher relationship is crucial to developing as a musician.

My lessons are fun and engaging. I am always encouraging and patient whilst still challenging students to help them progress. I am sensitive to the different personalities, ages, learning styles and aims of my students and adjust my teaching accordingly.

I believe anyone can benefit from a musical education and should have the opportunity to do so regardless of age, background, learning or playing ability. So whether you are an adult beginner or have a child studying for a grade, whether you just want to play for your own pleasure or would like to perform in front of others, please get in touch, I'm sure I can help you on your musical journey.

Booking

  • Lessons are booked in half term blocks in line with school terms, this is usually 6 weeks.
  • Note that some half terms may contain more or less weeks and the fee will be adjusted accordingly but I aim to teach for 36 weeks throughout the year so it averages out in the end!
  • All terms include a 1 week break for half term. There are usually 3 weeks break at Christmas, 2 weeks break at Easter and 8 weeks break for the summer. Here are the term dates for the 2019-2020 academic year:
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Term
Half Term I
Half Term Break
Half Term II
Autumn 2019
Tue 3rd Sep to Sat 26 th Oct (8 Weeks)
Week Commencing Mon 28th OctTue 4th Nov to Sat 14th Dec (6 Weeks)
Spring 2020
Tue 7th Jan to Sat 15th Feb (6 Weeks)Week Commencing Mon 17th Feb
Tue 25th Feb to Sat 4th Apr (6 Weeks)
Summer 2020
Tue 21st Apr to Sat 24th May (5 Weeks)Week Commencing Mon 25th MayTue 2nd Jun to Sat 4th July (5 Weeks)
     
  • I offer an initial trial lesson for a one-off fee, if after this you are not completely satisfied there is no obligation to book any further lessons
  • Lessons can be 30, 45 or 60 minutes long, we will agree a regular time slot for your lesson that will be the same each week
  • One-off lessons are available during term time, half term and end-of-term breaks depending on availability
  • Before lessons can begin we will jointly sign a contract which formalises the details described here

 Fees 


Lesson Length
Cost Per Lesson
Half Term
(6 Lessons)
Full Term
(12 Lessons)
30mins
£17.50
£105.00
£210.00
45mins
£26.25
£157.50
£315.00
60mins
£35.00
£210.00
£420.00

  • Fees are payable in blocks of 6 weeks (1 half term) in advance and are non-refundable
  • I accept payment by cash or bank transfer 
  • I set my fees in line with Musicians' Union recommended rates and the Incorporated Society of Musicians annual fee survey as of 2017/2018
  • I review my fees once per year. Periodically fees may increase in which case I will provide 1 whole term's notice

 

Cancellations

  • To completely cancel your lessons I require 1 month's notice
  • If you can't make an individual lesson I need 24 hours notice please otherwise you will still need to pay for the lesson
  • If you do need to cancel I am happy to try and arrange make-up lessons, provided you let me know with 24 hours notice and we can find a time that is mutually convenient
  • Make-up lessons must be arranged for the current term or following holiday period, they are not carried over into the next term
  • In the event that lessons cannot be re-arranged, up to 2 lessons may be cancelled per term using the 24 hour notice period. Any additional cancellations will still need to be paid for.

 

Age

  • Children can usually start guitar lessons from age 8, however all children develop different skills at different rates. If your child is younger than this but would like to start lessons, please get in touch and we can discuss options
  • I don't offer Skype lessons for children 
  • There is no upper age limit!

 

Equipment

  • I provide music stands, appropriate seating and foot stools
  • You just need to bring your guitar and your sheet music plus a lesson diary/practice log - I can provide a suitable one if needed