Private tuition

Private tuition

As from January 2021, I am taking on private students for one-to-one online tuition.

Every player is different and I will work with you from your starting point and try to go in the direction you are interested in, rather than having a set sequence of lessons that may not suit you.

A series of three one-hour lessons is ideal for covering the basics and seeing where you want to go next, although you are welcome to book just one lesson as a taster.

Platform: Zoom or Skype. You are welcome to record each lesson for your personal use afterwards.

Times: One hour lessons, dates and times to be agreed. No set intervals, though I would suggest roughly fortnightly.

Costs: £40 for the first lesson, or £100 for a series of three. Thereafter £35 per single lesson or £100 for a series of three. Students outside the UK also welcome, costs will be slightly more to cover currency conversion fees.

Example of coverage for an absolute beginner (Lessons 1-3):

  • melodeon layout
  • terminology
  • how to hold the instrument effectively and safely
  • fingering conventions
  • basic scale (and an introduction to other keys)
  • conventional and melodeon-specific notation
  • learning and playing by ear
  • listening suggestions & resources
  • Q&A
  • an exercise and/or simple tune in each session
  • learning resources after each lesson (lesson summary and sound file and / or notation)

I have over 25 years experience of teaching people to play the D/G and single-row melodeon. As a former teacher and trainer of teachers, I’m able to incorporate skills I’ve acquired through practice (and also through the study of different learning styles). Structured learning, building in development and outcomes, individualised learning techniques and plans all form part of my teaching toolkit, plus a sense of humour and empathy!

If you think you might be interested in some private tuition, please get in touch via the Contact  page. It would be useful for me to know what model of melodeon/accordion you have, and I will ask you a few more questions when you get in touch, to find out what you are looking for from lessons.