How much do you charge?

I charge £50 per hour lesson, which includes preparation and follow-up.

Do you offer discounts for multiple bookings / students?

I'm afraid I don't offer discounts for multiple bookings as I expect all of my students to make multiple bookings anyway. However, if you're studying music in higher education and are paying for your own lessons I'm happy to negotiate fees.

How should I pay?

I accept cash or bank transfer (no cheques please!).

What's your availability?

I teach 14:00-20:00, Mon-Fri, and all day Sunday. I'm usually booked up most evenings and Sundays but occasionally have slots available at short notice.

Can I book a regular time?

Of course! Just remember that you need to give me a full week's notice before cancelling a lesson, otherwise you'll be liable for the cancellation fee.

What's your cancellation policy?

Most teachers charge the full lesson fee if you cancel with less than 24 hours. However, I don't think this is fair on either you or me, because:

  • that way you pay something for nothing, and
  • the vast majority of my students book at least a week in advance, so I can rarely fill a slot even at 24 hours' notice.

Instead I've come up with what I think is the fairest cancellation policy in the world, which is that if you cancel with less than a full week's notice you'll be liable for the full lesson fee, but:

  • if I can book you in for another time within the same week I will (note that rescheduling to the following week counts as a cancellation, and you can only reschedule a lesson once)
  • if another student books the slot there's no cancellation fee
  • if I can't reschedule you and no-one else books the slot, then I'll use the time to write arrangements and/or record videos for you, so you'll never be paying something for nothing.

The policy also benefits you because it's good to have deadlines!

If you're not sure whether you can make a time or not you can always postpone booking until you are.

What piano / keyboard should I buy?

I'm not an expert on pianos or keyboards so have to refer you to shop assistants, online reviews, and forums. That said, if you're going for a digital piano I suggest you buy the most expensive Yamaha you can afford. (If you're buying a Clavinova go for the CLP rather than the CVP range, unless you want to use a lot of non-piano sounds.)

You're unavailable. Can you recommend anyone else?

If I'm booked up, or live too far away from you, I'm afraid you'll have to ask in your local music shop for recommendations, as I don't know of anyone else who has a similar approach to me!