How much do lessons cost?
A full hour lesson is £47 and a half-hour lesson is £29.
If you are a full-time matriculated college or university student, one hour is £43 and half an hour is £25. (Card must be shown at reception).
Do you teach adults?
Of course! Around 58% of our total client base are adults. We have specially trained teachers available for teaching children as young as four years old also.
What types of experience do your teachers have?
We believe in offering our clients the very finest standard of musical education available. So to do just that, we have worked very hard finding the most qualified, experienced, performed, recorded and respected music teachers possible. We have professors, doctors of music, musicologists, international session musicians, musical directors, educationalists, child psychologists, speech and language therapists and that is just a small handful. We are very confident that you won’t find a better music school elsewhere.
I don’t have an instrument yet, what should I do?
Most people who come along for the first time don’t either. We understand that many people like to try their chosen instrument out first, before making a financial step towards making an investment. That is why you are welcome to come along and use one of our instruments during your lesson.
For brass and woodwind, we recommend hiring an instrument for hygiene purposes. Our staff can advise you where you can locate a store that offers a hire service.
What times are you open?
Our opening hours aren’t fixed and change very slightly from day to day depending on our staff schedules. It is always best to make an appointment first if you wish to visit the school. Like most other schools, we have a very strict level of security due to children being on the premises. We have an entry phone system and state of the art CCTV outside, at reception and throughout the building, including each of the classrooms.
Is there parking at the music school?
We are based on the main street (Comiston Road). The first side street just past the music school, if you are coming up the hill has a pay and display parking area, or, if you drive just past this area, there is free on-street parking 24 hours a day.
Do I need to block book lessons?
No, not at all. All lessons are pay as you go. This way you don’t have to worry about upfront payment. We have a very strict 48-hour cancellation policy though, which is to protect our teacher’s wages.
Do you teach complete beginners?
Of course! Everyone has to start somewhere, and we have specially trained teachers who work with beginners every day to ensure he or she learn the best techniques and advice from the start. We also have teachers who work with clients who are doing undergraduate degrees, Masters, and Doctorates in Music as well as customers who are working towards their Grade 8 or Diploma.
What age do you start lessons?
For different instruments, we recommend different starting ages. Most children can start at the age of 4. However, some instruments, like the saxophone, are better left until the age of 10. We also ask that parents take into consideration their child’s attention span at very early ages, and in some cases, we can shorten a lesson to 15 minutes to suit.
Do I have to do grades?
Not at all. Unlike most schools, we give our clients a whole host of different options. Grades can be excellent for some people but don’t suit everyone’s development.
I am nervous about singing/performing in front of people. Can you help?
Most people get nervous performing in front of an audience; it’s perfectly natural. That is why our fully qualified music teachers will take time with you until you feel comfortable. We understand how nerve-wracking it can be since we have all been there ourselves.
Do you have experience of teaching children and adults with special needs?
We have worked alongside various organisations for many years to help facilitate music lessons and music therapy for both children and adults with specific needs. It is an area we take great pride in and enjoy working within. Music can be an excellent tool for communication, expression, and relaxation. Please call us, and we can chat about the many options available to you. (Due to the age of the building that we teach from, we are regrettably unable to assist wheelchair users at the music school. However, we can, and do, send our teachers to homes or other suitable places. No one should be excluded due to a disability, and we will do everything we can to make sure that our services are available to everyone).
If you have a question that you don’t see on this list, please give us a call or send us an email. We will be more than happy to help.