Lesson information

Here are some of the finer details about having recorder lessons with me.

Jen's teaching room. It has an organ, a comfy chair, a music stand, and a window.
Jen’s teaching room is comfortable and spacious enough either for 1:1 lessons or small groups.


Lessons are held in my home teaching room in central Bristol (BS1). I am a short walk from Bristol Temple Meads railway station, and five minutes’ walk from all major bus routes. There is on-street (metered) parking and a number of public car parks a short walk away, and I have a bicycle rack outside my building.

If you’re having online lessons, you’ll become very familiar with the bookcase in the picture above, as it’s the backdrop for my laptop camera! I do a lot of teaching online and am very experienced – in fact, most of my students are not based in Bristol.

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.


recorder lessons information

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.

I am happy to prepare pupils for the ABRSM, LCM or Trinity syllabuses. I will also discuss with you which exam board is more likely to suit you.


I currently have best availability for recorder lessons on Thursday and Friday afternoons, 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.