Terms & Conditions
Will my child have the chance to perform?
Absolutely, yes all students who learn with Charlie will have the chance to perform at the end of every term (in agreement with the school). They will be able to perform anything they wish and they encouraged to do so as it provides a brilliant way to grow in confidence through music.
When can children start lessons?
Lessons can start for students as young as year one. The ukulele is a great place to start, in terms of physical size and ability, it’s often great as a springboard to then move onto guitar.
What is Taught During The Lessons?
Students starting guitar lessons will learn from ‘The Beginner’s Guitar Bible’, a comprehensive learning method which provides the reader with a strong foundation of understanding and technique in 12 lessons. Students starting ukulele lessons will learn from ‘Absolute Beginners Ukulele,’ a beginner’s learning method which provides the student with a clear understanding of chords and basic strumming techniques.
There is also a great deal of additional music taught. From the latest pop songs to movie themes, TV shows and lots of music related activities. The emphasis of the lessons is to teach the students whilst engaging them, using music as a way of developing their confidence and encouraging them to play together.
A combination of UCAS linked syllabuses from LCM, Rockschool and Trinity Guildhall is taught once a firm foundation has been established. This gives the the students the chance to then choose to study the instrument further, with the possibility of gaining qualifications if they wish.
Safeguarding & Child Protection
Charlie recognises the importance of safeguarding children and his responsibility to do so. Charlie and any of the tutors who deliver lessons for Charlie hold a full DBS enhanced check, which is supplied to each school. He also ensures that he is kept up to date with each individual schools child protection and safeguarding procedures.
Background & Experience
Charlie has over 10 years experience working as a guitar and ukulele tutor, he specialises in working with groups and inspiring children to learn music. He boasts a 100% music exam pass rate for his private students and he insists that whilst learning an instrument requires hard work, it HAS to be fun!
He holds an Honours degree in Contemporary Music and a Grade 8 Certificate from Trinity Guildhall in Classical Guitar. Charlie also works as a music examiner for the London College of Music and has released and authored two of his own instructional ebooks.
1. LESSON FEES
Group Guitar or Ukulele Lesson
• 20-minute lesson (groups of 2-4 students only) – £6.50 per week
Private Guitar Lesson
– 20 minute lesson – £12.00 per week
– 30 minute lesson – £16.50 per week
Private Ukulele Lesson
– 20 minute lesson – £12.00 per week
2. PAYMENT OF FEES
Lessons are charged per term which varies between 11-14 weeks. The full payment is due in advance of the first lesson.
3. TERM DATES
Lessons are provided during Autumn, Winter and Summer terms. The lessons are provided on a continuous, consecutive week, basis. If you do not wish to become automatically reinstated in the following term’s lessons, you must notify Charlie in advance.
To withdraw from the next term’s lessons, notice is required to Charlie in writing before the end of the previous term.
5. NOTICE OF CANCELLATION
If you do not notify Charlie that you wish to cancel lessons as detailed in point 4 above, you will be charged for half of the following term’s worth of lessons.
All students starting lessons will be provided with their first book, the cost of which will be added to the first term’s invoice. For guitarists, the beginner’s book is ‘The Beginner’s Guitar Bible’ which is priced at £7.50. The ukulele beginner’s book is ‘Absolute Beginner’s Ukulele’ which is priced at £10.00. Additional books can be ordered as you go.
7. MISSED LESSONS
If a student misses a lesson, every effort will be made to reschedule but please recognise that this is not always possible.
8. LESSON TIMES
Schedules are initiated after liaising closely with the school. Every effort is made to ensure students are able to attend lessons in school at a time which is convenient for everyone.
9. DATA PROTECTION
All the information held regarding your personal details is held in line with the data protection act. The information will be used only in relation to instrumental lessons. You have the right to see the information Charlie holds at any time upon request.