Here are some of the most popular questions asked by pupils and parents regarding music lessons. Please take a moment to review these questions, and if you have any further queries please feel free to get in touch via the Contact page
What is the Music Lesson Triangle?
This is something that I like to make sure everyone is aware of when they are having lessons.
There are three elements to arranging music lessons:
- Someone who is receiving the music lessons
- Someone who is paying for the music lessons
- Someone who is providing the music lessons
Without the three corners of that triangle the whole system will collapse.
The pupil should make sure that they are practicing effectively between each lesson to ensure they are benefitting from both the financial input and the expertise of the teacher.
Whoever is paying for the lessons should make sure they are paying on time and encouraging the pupil to practice.
The teacher should be making sure that having been paid for a service they provide the best quality lessons for the pupil and the person who is paying for them.
With all those elements in place there is much less chance for failure and much more chance for success in the music lessons.
What sort of music do you teach?
Anything! What would you like to learn?!
Once you have the basics covered we can look at anything you like. If your passion is Piano Concertos from the 1900’s then that’s great, but if you prefer learning the play the chords to all the Beatles songs then that’s great too. Lessons are individual to you and should be enjoyable for everyone.
I don’t live near Grantham. What can I do?
You can still have lessons with Paul even if you do not live in or near Grantham. Paul is fully set up to provide the same high quality music lessons online from his studio.
If you would like to organise online music lessons you just need to get in touch with Paul via the Contact page.
What if I can’t make my lesson one week?
Paul requires at least 24 hours notice if you are unable to make a music lesson for whatever reason. If you do not give that full notice then you may still be charged for the lesson.
Obviously sometimes things cannot be anticipated, so please where possible just get in touch with Paul as soon as you can.
When will my lesson be?
When you sign up, we will arrange a time for your lesson to take place. This will be your time slot and will take place every week unless otherwise notified.
When do I pay for lessons?
Generally, lessons are paid for up front at the start of each month. About a week before the start of the month an invoice will be sent to you via email showing the lessons due requesting payment by the 1st of the month.
If any lessons the previous month are missed then they will be rolled over to the next month and will be shown on the invoice as well.
How can I pay for lessons?
Lessons can be paid for in a few different ways:
- Online bank transfer
- Credit or Debit card (in person)
Cash and Cheque payments are not acceptable.
Do you offer group lessons?
Currently no. I am only able to offer individual lessons.
Do your students do exams?
Sometimes. It really depends if they want to or not.
If not, then we will usually follow a similar progression path along the same standards, but just without the exam.
If you do wish to take exams, then there are many different paths that we can take as well to suit each student.
In the past, Paul has entered students with the following exam boards:
- Trinity College London
- Trinity Rock and Pop
- Rock School
Each exam board offers a different musical perspective and will be suitable for different people. We will discuss this in detail during any lessons if you are thinking about taking an exam.
What is the youngest you will teach?
This really comes down to instrument size. You need to have certain sized fingers before a piano is going to be possible and your arms need to be able to reach the full length of the trombone before you can play that.
Having said that, generally around 5 or 6 years old is a good time to start having lessons. This usually gives the child a bit of time to adjust and settle to school life before starting lessons.
Every child is of course different, and Paul is more than happy to offer a trial lesson to see if lessons are a good fit before you decide for certain.
YouTube is full of free lessons – why should I pay for them?
You’re right, there are loads of lessons on YouTube and other apps that you can download to teach yourself with. Some of them are really good, but some of them are not! That doesn’t mean to say they aren’t valuable. Paul will sometimes use these videos to support the learning during the lessons, and will have picked out the most useful and appropriate aids for you.
In addition to this, some of the YouTube lesson content isn’t always accurate, and can sometimes be misleading in the long term. I would always suggest having the one to one experience with a professional teacher, at least initially, before embarking on a wholly self taught approach.
Do you teach adults?
Absolutely! In fact it is often the parents of children I teach who say “I wish I had learnt” or “I used to play but never continued” who end up coming for lessons as well!
Learning a new skill, or refreshing an old old, as an adult is incredibly rewarding. It is something you have chosen to do, and are much more likely to stick to the practice and you will see rapid improvements, and having a teacher on side helping you along the way only makes this better.
What books do I need?
This will depend entirely on what you are wanting to learn. Usually during the course of your first few lessons this will be discussed with you and Paul and books will be suggested for you.
How much practice should I be doing?
How long is a piece of string? Practice really depends on you and how easy or difficult you find your instrument, or a certain piece. Some people will practice more or less than others. However there is a definite correlation between practice and your standard.
Having said that, as a general rule of thumb this would be a good guide to how long you should be practicing:
|Approximate Standard||Hours per week or practice|
|Beginner / Pre Grade 1||30 minutes – 1 hour|
|Grade 1||1 – 2 hours|
|Grade 2||2 – 3 hours|
|Grade 3||3 – 4 hours|
|Grade 4||4 – 5 hours|
|Grade 5||5 – 6 hours|
|Grade 6||6 – 7 hours|
|Grade 7||7 – 8 hours|
|Grade 8||8+ hours|
Do I need an instrument at home?
You will need to be able to practice at home between your music lessons. If you are playing the piano then you will need an instrument although it doesn’t have to be an expensive or imposing instrument. If you do not have anything already, please get in touch and Paul will be happy to suggest suitable instruments.
Where do the music lessons take place?
Lessons will take place in one of three places:
- At Paul’s home studio – Paul has a fully equipped home studio which is where the majority of students will come for their lessons.
- At a school – Paul goes into a few schools each week to teach during the school day. If your child’s school is one of these, then lessons can be arranged to take place there. Please speak to your school directly to find out if Paul teaches there.
- Online – For distance learning, Paul can offer lessons via Skype or Zoom in exactly the same way as a one to one lesson works, though this time there is no requirement to travel for your lesson. All you need is a way to connect to the lesson to take part.