Here are some of the finer details about having recorder lessons with me.
Lessons are held in my home teaching room in central Bristol (BS3). I am near Bedminster railway station, and five minutes’ walk from major local bus routes. There is on-street parking, and I have a bicycle rack outside my house.
Who do I teach?
I am happy to teach children from the age of 6. Adult students are not just welcome but positively encouraged! I am also happy to work with any standard of player from beginner to experienced.
Some students like to take music exams. For some it helps them to focus and gives a goal to work towards; others may find they require grades in order to pursue future studies. They are a great way to learn about performance preparation, and the feedback from the examiners is very helpful. But exams aren’t compulsory, and they don’t suit everybody. Read this excellent article by my colleague Gem Fifield to decide if exams suit you.
I am happy to prepare pupils for either the ABRSM or Trinity syllabuses. I will also discuss with you which exam board is more likely to suit you.
I am available for recorder lessons Wednesday and Friday 10am – 7pm, and Saturday mornings 9.30am – 1pm. There may be other times available on other days – email me to check if you would like a time on a different day.
Yes, you need to do some! As part of your lessons you’ll learn how to practice, so that you are able to make progress quickly and enjoyably. I strongly recommend that you bring to your lessons a notebook so that I can write down what we worked on, and your goals for the coming week. I don’t specify how much you should practise, but I would recommend regularity over quantity. It’s really tempting to forget about your practice until just before your lesson and then do a really long session, but it isn’t an effective way to go about things. A little most days is going to be more beneficial in the long run.