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Pupil playing the violin

What's involved?

Regular lessons, with practice in between. Playing the violin is a complicated task, and we will gradually build up layer upon layer of technique, skill and knowledge.

This will include learning to play pieces of music, starting with very easy ones and then moving onto greater challenges, and also working at technical exercises such as scales. Developing your skills in singing and listening is important, too, as these will help you play sensitively and in tune.

It's a good idea to find opportunities to play with other string players, and I can help point you in the right direction for this.

How often? How long? How much does it cost?

Beginners generally need 30 minute lessons once a week. Some more advanced pupils require longer lessons, and the very youngest may benefit from more frequent shorter sessions.

Lessons are currently priced at a rate of £25 per hour, charged in four-week blocks. This is after a free initial consultation meeting or first lesson, which is available to anybody who is interested, without any obligation.

Once you've started, it's important to get into a routine of regular practice during the week, to make the most of the work done in lessons. Frequent short sessions are the best way to make progress, and if possible try not to have more than one day off in a row.

Children may need help and encouragement to develop this routine, and it can be a good idea to keep everything they need (instrument, music, music stand etc.) together in one place, easily accessible for when they go to practise.

Where do you teach?

I teach in the front room of my home in Altrincham. There's also space elsewhere in the house where parents are welcome to wait, if they don't need to be involved in lessons, but still within earshot if they want to keep track of how things are progressing. Navigation Road tram stop and major bus routes are within walking distance, and parking is available on the road outside the house.