I do not teach at home except for online lessons. I travel out to you. This is usually so much more convenient for pupils and parents, and has a wealth of other advantages, which I list below.
My travel area
I travel out to the following places, and everywhere in-between:
Chichester, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Rustington, Angmering, Felpham, Pagham, Yapton, Barnham, Eastergate, Westergate, Fontwell, Walberton, Arundel, , West Chiltington, Storrington, Petworth, Pulborough.
Please inform me if I cannot park in your drive or if there are parking difficulties/restrictions where you live. If you live outside my travel area then please consider online lessons.
I choose to travel out to my pupils rather than teach at home for a number of reasons. Though the most important is convenience for pupils and parents there are many more advantages.
- Perfect for those who do not have a car, or are unable to drive.
- You don’t have to drive to my house and back every week.
- You don’t waste your valuable time waiting whilst your child is having their lesson.
- Being taught in your own home can be more comfortable and familiar, which is especially important for the first few lessons.
- Over time, I build up a friendly rapport with the family … including pets.
- With piano lessons, the pupil plays on their own instrument rather than mine.
- Regarding Child Protection concerns, parents have increased peace of mind in their own home – something I take very seriously.
- For the environmentally conscious, I do a ‘bus route’ in a quite economical car, which means far less fuel is used and pollution emitted than if all those pupils were being transported to my home and back.
- It means my neighbours do not have a constant stream of cars coming and going outside – this was a major consideration for me.
2021 Virus Safety Measures
Under the UK rules, as interpreted by the ISM, I am not currently allowed to travel out to teach. However, when restrictions ease, I will take appropriate safety precautions. Online teaching is also available. If I do travel to you, please read the guide below.
The safety measures I take, as advised by the ISM – Incorporated Society of Musicians – are as follows, and incur no extra charges:
- I will wear a disposable mask if necessary, when keeping social distance is difficult. This does not make speaking hard to understand.
- I usually wear a face shield, although will switch to a mask if circumstances require it.
- I will wear disposable gloves since I often have to touch the same instrument as the pupil. These are powder free so no mess.
- I will wipe the piano/keyboard keys with an anti-bacterial wipe before the lesson.
- For brass and recorder, the above rules apply, but the pupil and I must not be facing each other when playing the instrument.
- It is expected and appreciated that the pupil has washed their hands prior to the lesson.
My fees for travelling to you are £18.50 for a single session and £34 for a back-to-back double session (I pass my travel cost savings onto you). Travel costs are included in the price. I do not charge extra after a certain mileage. For more information and details about my fees please visit my Fees page.
I take Child Protection very seriously. I have regular training since I teach at a number of Private Schools (see my About page). Also, I have passed the NSPCC: Keeping Children Safe In Music Course and am CRB checked previously and DBS checked.
Some simple rules about Child Protection:
- The teaching room door should be open during the lesson. The exception to this is if the door has clear glass.
- An adult/parent should be nearby, preferably within earshot.
- The child should be appropriately dressed – no swimwear, pyjamas for instance – although t-shirts and reasonable shorts are acceptable.
- I will never offer a child a lift, even to an exam, without the permission of the parent.
- Beyond light verbal warnings, I am not allowed to discipline your child. If they become too disruptive, which is a very rare occurrence, I will immediately inform the parents.
I get on well with pets. Over the years I have met many dogs, cats, and even horses, chickens, and rabbits … and numerous gerbils. It is often the family dog that noisily tells everyone that I have arrived, and expects the obligatory belly rub before allowing me to start the lesson.
On a more serious note, since the door to the teaching room must be always open due to child protection rules, the dogs often join the lesson. This is fine, but if they are rowdy and disruptive then I ask that they be kept in another room or the garden until the lesson is over.
I hope this proves helpful to you and answers any questions you might have regarding lessons. If you require further information, then do not hesitate to contact me.