• When do you teach?
    My teaching times are often changing, however, as a rule, daytimes are of course more available than evenings and weekends.
     

  • Where are the lessons held, can you travel to me?
    All lessons are from my accommodation. Unfortunately, I don’t have time in between lessons to be able to travel to pupils.

     

  • Is there parking?
    Yes, although it is pay and display at certain times

     

  • How long are your lessons?
    Unless specifically requested I've found that an hour works best for all ages that I teach.

     

  • How young can a student begin?
    Children can start playing instruments at a very young age, but my lessons are better suited to anyone of secondary school age and above. In my opinion, younger children require special teaching.

     

  • Do I have to read music?
    No. I can teach you to read stave music if the type of playing you want to do would benefit from it. Most students play for fun and so simpler forms of notation or playing and listening exercises can work better.

     

  • How many lessons will I need?
    This is the hardest question to answer. You’ll be playing a piece, albeit a simple piece, after your first lesson. Different students learn at different speeds and certain styles and instruments are easier to master than others. Also, you will get out lessons as much as you put in - the more practice you do, the more you will achieve. Oh, and you should do your homework!!

     

  • How much practice should I do?
    The more often you practice, the quicker your progress most likely be. I recommend practising your instrument every day for as little 10 minutes if that’s all you can afford. It is much better to do lots of short sessions than to practice for three and a half hours for one day a week!

     

  • How often should I have lessons?
    Ideally, beginners would have lessons on a weekly basis. However, I appreciate that weekly lessons can be quite an expense over time and jobs and family can limit practice time. For this reason, I offer flexible lessons. Established players can also benefit from weekly lessons but may also want to consider fortnightly or even occasional lessons. If you me know your availability, we can talk you through the options and my available slots.

     

  • What instrument should I buy for a beginner?
    A beginner's instrument can be bought for around €80-100 although the quality can vary greatly at the lower end of the market. A better instrument is generally easier to play, better sounding, and will hopefully make you want to play it more! Also, having a better quality instrument will have better resale value.
     

  • Do I need to own an instrument before I start lessons?
    No, but it is preferable. You can come for your first lesson or two and borrow my instruments. Some people prefer to do this to see if they are going to take to it. If you do want to continue past this stage you will need your own instrument. Without consistent practice at home, your playing is unlikely to progress in between lessons.
     

  • Do I have the talent to play an instrument?
    I haven’t yet come across a student that does not have some sort of musical ability. Everyone has his or her strengths; some are better at reading notes, some at playing chords, some at improvising etc. I believe that talent isn’t necessary. It isn’t how talented you are, but whether you are diligent, determined and how much you play your instrument.

     

  • Do you have a gift certificate/voucher option?
    Yes! Vouchers are very popular, especially during Christmas. Vouchers can be emailed to the purchaser.

     

  • What if I’m late for a lesson?
    I will always endeavour to be on time and punctual for every lesson and I expect my pupils to do the same. Please allow sufficient time for hold-ups in transport, parking or getting lost on the way!

     

  • What if I need to cancel a lesson?
    If you need to cancel a lesson, please let me know within 48 hours of the lesson otherwise I do charge for the missed lesson.





     

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