The Answers You Need
Where are you based?
I teach from my home at 78 Rashee Road, Ballyclare, BT39 9HT. I have a dedicated room for lessons and students will find it comfortable and relaxed.
Do you teach Online or at people's homes?
Yes! I teach online using Zoom! but unfortunately I don't travel to people's homes.
What instruments do you teach?
I teach Acoustic Guitar.
What sort of lessons do you teach and how much are they?
I teach single one-to-one lessons for individuals which are £10 for a half-hour or £20 for an hour. I also teach joint lessons for two people, such as for two family members or two friends. Joint lessons are £15 for a half-hour or £30 for an hour (this translates to a saving of 25% on the single lesson price).
Do you teach from a tutor book?
I offer a number of different methods depending on what the student wants to achieve or what they feel they would like to try. Check out the section on this website entitled ‘Teaching Methods’ to find out what resources I use. I personally believe that for most people it’s best to have a systematic approach to learning whereby you can gradually become a better player by working on progressively more challenging repertoire.
Do you offer a free no-obligation trial?
Yes, I call it the Meet and Greet. This is a no obligation ½ hour discussion that gives students and parents a chance to meet with me. During our meet I take contact details and ask about musical background. We talk about what your goals are and what you want from tuition. We also discuss an instrument (if needed), teaching method and can take payment for any guitar or accessories ordered. I can also take payment for the first block of 4 lessons at the meet and greet, or, if a student or parent want to think things over, this is completely fine too. There is absolutely no pressure to commit to lessons.
What are your qualifications?
I am qualified to Grade 8 in Acoustic Guitar. I have started work on my Guitar Teaching Diploma and hope to complete it this year.
What is your experience and how long have you been teaching guitar?
I taught myself to play guitar. I started playing when I was 12 and spent over two decades involved in church worship. I spent most of this time as the lead vocal and instrument in church bands. I have led worship in many settings over the years, my most notable being a evening with the Whitewell Metropolitan worship band, in what was at the time the Odyssey, Belfast (now the SSE Arena) where a crowd of 8,000 gathered. Also notable was again with the Whitewell band at the Ulster Rugby Grounds at Ravenhill where a crowd of 12,000 gathered.
I also spent a full year in the Professional Audio and Lighting industry in a business based out of Ballyclare. This was a very profitable experience and I learned a lot in my time there. I was involved in the business at every level including hands-on at various events such as festivals, concerts and even fashion shows!
I first taught a group of children many years ago in my 20’s. However, I taught my first pupil in Ballyclare 5 years ago and have continued to teach on a part-time basis since.
Have you had a Police Check done?
Yes. This was done in December 2019. Please let me know if you would like a copy of this sent to you. My certificate is displayed in my office at all times.
How do you charge your fees?
Payment is made in blocks of 4 lessons in advance and is payable by bank transfer or cash. Payment is made beforehand at the first lesson and covers the first block of 4 lessons. Students/parents will receive an invoice for payment of their next block of 4 lessons 5 days in advance of the due date. Invoices must be paid before any lessons are given and receipts will be issued for all payments.
Missed Lessons / Cancellation / Postponement / Refunds
To avoid any confusion, doubt or upset regarding payment, it is important to make sure that students/parents understand my policy before committing to lessons.
Students are expected to attend all lessons. If a lesson must be missed due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, then the lesson will need to be rescheduled in the same week or taken the following week in addition to the regular lesson. If this is not possible due to lack of teaching slots, the lesson will be marked as a vacation and will not be charged. Otherwise, if a missed lesson could have been avoided e.g. due to being too late, or if it is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled, then payment will have to be forfeited. Lessons cannot be postponed or refunded. If students miss several lessons, their lesson slot may have to be given to another student instead. Please give at least 24 hrs notice if you cannot attend a lesson.
Do you hold Public Liability Insurance?
Yes. My Public Liability Insurance is with Hiscox and the limit of Indemnity is £1,000,000.