Frequently asked questions
Q. Where are you based?
A. I teach from my home studio in the south of Derby. It's very close to the ring road and free parking is available. I'll give you my full address once your first lesson is booked.
Q. How much do lessons cost?
A. I offer a free trial lesson to begin with. After this lessons cost £15 for 30 minutes or £30 for 60 minutes.
Q. Do I have to pay in advance?
A. You don't have to pay in advance or book a block of lessons, but I can save a regular weekly or fortnightly slot for you.
Q. Can I book online?
A. Yes, I do have an online booking system. However, I usually like to speak to you over the phone or arrange a free trial lesson first, then I'll give you access to my online schedule to book your own lessons in.
Q. Do I need my own instrument?
A. You are more than welcome to come to your free trial lesson before you invest in an instrument. However, the sooner you can get your own instrument and start practicing at home the better. Anyone who requires a smaller sized or left-handed instrument will need to bring their own though. I'm happy to give advice on what to choose when buying an instrument.
Q. Do you do exams?
A. Yes, I've helped people to pass music exams with all of the major exam boards (ABRSM, Rockschool, Trinity, RSL). However, I don't force people to do exams if it's not how they want to learn. Everyone takes up music for different reasons and learns in different ways, so I tailor what I teach to you. If exams aren't your thing then I get it. That said, studying for an exam can be a great way to focus your mind and measure your improvement. If I think that an exam would be good for you then I may suggest it.
Q. Are you a professional musician?
A. Yes, aside from teaching I make a living performing at shows, weddings, parties etc. both with a band and solo. You can see some live performances here. I also write songs under the name Yakobo, and I've made music for video games, films and children's educational resources too.
Q. Do you teach at weekends?
A. Unfortunately not. I spend most weekends performing all over the UK and beyond, so I'm unable to offer weekend lessons.
Q. Do you travel?
A. No, I only offer lessons from my home at the moment. This is because of the time it would take to travel between lessons. I also have the facilities to make professional recordings at home, which is a great way to track your progress and give you something to be proud of!
Q. What qualifications do you have?
A. I have a first class honours degree in music and grade 8 in guitar and violin. I have undergone training in working with children and vulnerable adults, as well as having an up-to-date DBS check.
Got questions? Send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.