Lessons

Thank you for your interest in Lammas Green Music Studio. Here is more information about our lessons and our policies. If you have questions or would like to join the studio, please visit our contact page.

During the COVID-19 crisis we are offering online lessons. please click here for more information.

What we teach

  • Stringed instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello (grades 1-4)
  • Woodwind instruments: Clarinet, Recorder, Flute and Saxophone.
  • Additional services: Piano, Music theory, General musicianship, Chamber music coaching

Lessons – Time and Place

Lessons are normally held once weekly. Some students prefer one lesson per fortnight, or two lessons per week. This can change over time depending on upcoming performances, exams, or changes in workload. Contact us and we can advise you as to the appropriate frequency of lessons for your goals.

We schedule lessons in calendar months, not terms, due to the varied ages of our students and because many students wish to have lessons through half term and other school breaks. We usually take one month off in the Summer term break, and two weeks off between Christmas and the New Year.

We set a default time (ex. 4pm on Saturdays) and plan on this time regularly through the calendar month. We ask students for availability 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the calendar month, and if there are any weeks during which the usual lesson time won’t work, we arrange either a different time for that week or we skip that week, as schedules allow. We then bill students for the times and dates agreed upon and fees are due at the first lesson of the month.

Lessons will last 30 minutes for students under 8 years old, 45 minutes for students aged 8-9 at our discretion, and 60 minutes for all others. Exceptions to this can be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Lessons are at our studio and we regret that we can no longer come to students’ homes due to demand for our time.

Materials and Content

We use a variety of method books for our students, maximizing our flexibility to tailor to individual needs and learning styles. All of our method books are progressive and in several volumes. Students will be expected to obtain their own copy of the book we assign to them. Used copies are perfectly fine as long as they aren’t heavily marked.

All lessons will include warm-ups, technical work, scales and repertoire. Depending on the student’s goals, which will be discussed at the first lesson, more time may be given to particular aspects, i.e. scales and repertoire will be stressed more for ABRSM preparation.

Lesson essentials

  • Instrument and any accessories for it (read our beginner’s guide for woodwinds and strings)
  • pencil and notebook for recording lesson topics and personal practice
  • method book
  • other repertoire assigned

The notebook is incredibly important as it allows the student, the teacher and the parents (if applicable) to see the student’s work ethic and both their short-and long term improvement. Improvement is slow and much of the work required for learning an instrument will be done alone, between lessons. When students get discouraged, it is helpful to have a notebook full of the work they’ve done so far to see what concepts used to be challenging but are no longer so.

Performance opportunities

At LGMS we aim to give our students as many performing opportunities as we can. Lessons will feature many duets and opportunities to feel the nerves of performing and holding one’s own.

We encourage students to occasionally bring a parent or peer to a lesson to listen, and if both our tutors are present we may have the other tutor listen to well-prepared students.

At least twice per year we schedule Studio Recitals for the students of LGMS to gain performance experience. View our past studio recitals below.

Rates

  • 30 minutes: £30
  • 45 minutes: £37.50
  • 60 minutes: £45

Payment

Lessons are paid for by calendar month, with fees due before the first lesson of the month, via cash or bank transfer. If payment isn’t received by the first lesson, LGMS reserves the right to a weekly late charge of £5 per week that will be added to the monthly total until payment is made.

We ask students for availability 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the upcoming calendar month, and if there are any weeks during which the usual lesson time won’t work, we arrange either a different time for that week or we skip that week, as schedules allow. We then bill students for the times and dates agreed upon and fees are due at the first lesson of the month.

Rescheduling and Cancellations

Lesson fees, paid monthly, are not refundable.

LGMS reserves the right to reschedule a lesson if needed. We will make every effort to reschedule within that week, and if this is not possible you are credited an additional lesson. We will never cancel a lesson entirely.

If the student needs to reschedule a lesson, this must be done at least 24 hours in advance. If a student must reschedule within 24 hours of the lesson, LGMS is not obligated to comply with a change in time on the day, to reschedule the lesson, or to refund that lesson’s fee.

This policy is in place so that time is used wisely, but also because lessons will be most beneficial for the student if they are taken seriously and commitments are kept.

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