What is the best age to start learning a musical instrument?

All children are different in their rates of development, and the right age for one student may be too young for another. It is important that students have good literacy and numeracy skills before beginning music lessons, and ideally, some experience of class-based music making.

We are happy to carry out a musical assessment to find out if you or your child may be ready to begin lessons. The most important thing is that the student enjoys music and has an interest in learning to play.

Will you teach at the student’s home?

Yes. Lessons can be arranged at students' homes in most London areas including Hampstead, Swiss Cottage, Belsize Park, Camden, Harrow. Additional travel costs may apply.

Do I need my own instrument?

Yes. Ideally this should be a well-maintained instruments. We also recommend renting an instrument if you are uncertain about purchasing in the beginning stage. 

A good quality instrument is always preferable and an adjustable stool (for cello & piano) is also essential for cultivating good posture. 

Do I need to purchase sheet music?

We recommend appropriate material for each student (this can include repertoire, studies and theory books). We are happy to work with you on particular pieces that you enjoy, as long as they are suitable for your level.

How long is each lesson?

Each lesson is normally 1 hour long.

What happens if I want to cancel or reschedule a lesson?

There is no charge for cancelled lessons as long as I receive at least 24 hours’ notice. I will always do my best to reschedule the lesson if possible, though this is not guaranteed.

How long should I practise?

This depends on the age and experience of the student. Small amounts of regular practice is better than cramming in one longer session.

 It's important that students enjoy playing their instrument in between lessons, as this will enable them to achieve a good level of progress.

Can I take exams and auditions?

Yes. We prepare students for ABRSM and Trinity practical and theory exams. 

Do you teach music theory?

Music theory can be taught separately or incorporated into the instrumental lesson by relating it to practical music-making. For younger students this can be taught in the form of fun puzzles and games. I also use flashcards to assist with note-reading.

Do you have a CRB check?

Yes, all teachers are CRB checked.