Here are some answers to some commonly asked questions: –


What instruments do you teach?

  • I teach saxophone, flute, clarinet, recorder and piano.

I've never played an instrument before and I have no idea how to read music, is that okay?

  • Yes of course, I welcome students of all levels from absolute beginners to advanced. All you need is your instrument, some enthusiasm and some time to be able to practise between lessons. Learning how to read music notation, and getting to know music theory will be gradually introduced.

I’m an adult and I’ve never played before… am I too old to start learning?

  • Absolutely not – you’re never too old! Although it may be true that children tend to pick up things a little easier (they’re used to learning new things every day), as long as you’re keen to learn and are committed to practise regularly, you’ll make great progress!

Can you recommend an instrument suitable for a beginner?

  • Certainly! I would be happy to chat to you about what the most suitable saxophone, clarinet, flute, or piano/keyboard would be to get you started on your musical journey.

How long are the lessons?

  • Lessons are 60 minutes. For younger learners with shorter attention spans 30 minute sessions can be arranged.

Are you DBS checked?

  • Yes. As part of my school and college teaching positions I'm required to have up to date DBS checks.

Do you offer preparation for the ABRSM or Trinity grade examinations?

  • Yes, I can offer preparation for both ABRSM and Trinity grade examinations from grade 1 to grade 8 (and beyond). Sitting exams is completely optional

Do you offer a trial lesson?

  • Yes! In fact, I highly recommend starting with a trial lesson. This will help us make sure we’re the right student/teacher match (which is super important – the more you enjoy our lessons together, the more you’ll get out of them!). The trial lesson is a 30 minute one-off lesson. This will allow us to get to know each other, make sure you’d be happy to work with me, discuss how I teach and what your goals are, and start figuring out a lesson plan based on those goals. Afterwards, if you decide this isn’t the right choice for you, then there's no further commitment and no hard feelings! For a limited time, a one-off trial lesson is just £20 (usually £30)!

Teaching locations in Northampton & Wollaston village (near Wellingborough)