Q) When do you offer recorder lessons?
A) We offer recorder lessons Monday to Thursday from 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Q) How much do the lessons cost?
A) All one to one tuition is £13 for half an hour and £26 for the hour.
Q) Do I need to book or do I simply turn up?
A) All lessons are by appointment only. To check availability and book a lesson please visit our lessons page.
Q) How often should I have lessons?
A) We would recommend at least 30 minutes tuition once a week.
Q) Do you offer discount for block bookings?
A) No, we work on a pay as you go basis. This allows our students to book as many lessons as they want without being committed into a set amount.
Q) What if I need to rearrange or cancel my lesson?
A) We have a cancellation policy in place whereby we require at least 24 hours notice to rearrange or cancel a lesson. If 24 hours notice is not given the full fee is still payable.
If more than 24 hours notice is given then there is no charge.
Q) How do you accept payment?
A) Card payment through our online booking system.
Q) Do you offer home visits?
A) No, all lessons take place here in one of our purpose built teaching studios at Teesside School Of Music.
Q) How long will it take to learn to play the recorder?
A) Basically this all comes down to how much effort the student puts in. If the student practices regularly at home between lessons then progression will be a lot faster than a student who doesn’t practice.
As a guide we would expect complete beginners who practice regularly at home to be playing the basics at around 6 weeks or so.
Q) What do the lessons entail?
A) Recorder lessons are based around what the student wishes to do. We do however make suggestions and offer different plans for learning; for example some students come to us specifically wanting to earn a recognised qualification. So we will offer the grade exams operated through the ABRSM exam board. These are recognised qualifications and grades 6 to 8 have the added bonus of extra UCAS points.
Others may simply wish to learn for fun and want to be able to play songs they listen to and enjoy. We would then teach them how to play these songs and the necessary techniques to accomplish this.
Q) Do I need my own recorder?
A) In a nutshell…yes you will. Unfortunately unlike other instruments we teach we aren’t able to offer students the chance to try a couple of lessons out before buying. This is because currently we don’t have any spare recorders for the students to use. However recorders are fairly cheap to buy.
Q) Which recorder should I buy?
A) If you are a complete beginner and simply looking for something to get you started then we would recommend the following flute –
Aulos 205A Descant Recorder