Where do the lessons take place?
All lessons take place on campus at The Academy at 15 Pratt Mews, NW1 0AD. We have a beautiful 4 storey building packed full of music rooms and a state of the art recording studio.
When do the lessons take place?
We are open seven days a week 10am to 10pm. Lessons mostly start around 3pm on week days although morning lessons can be organised. Lessons start promptly at 10am and 11am on Saturdays and Sundays respectively.
We have a flexible system for those with demanding schedules so you don’t have to have the same time every week. Adults especially tend to book ad hoc to suit their busy lives. Contact your teacher directly to discuss your schedule.
How do I choose a teacher?
Well it’s very simple, they’re all fantastic! However, you can read all their profiles on our staff page to see if you might have a preference, or have a chat with us on reception so we can recommend some one for you. Alternatively, let us know when you’re free and we’ll let you know who is available because every single teacher here is phenomenal; all professional practising musicians and educators who, amongst them, have worldwide reputations and are revered in their fields.
Am I tied into a contract?
Absolutely not! All lessons can be booked weekly, fortnightly or ad hoc. All lessons are booked directly with the teacher and they only ask for 72 hours notice if you wish to cancel or reschedule a lesson. Courses, such as SuperJazz and Musicianship, are payable in full at the time of booking directly to The Academy.
Can I buy music lessons as a gift?
What a lovely idea! Yes of course. You can buy standard gift voucher in increments of £10 or we can tailor make a package for your friend or loved one if you want to buy them a particular number of lessons or a course. The lessons can then be booked at your recipients convenience.
How do I pay?
All lessons are payable directly to the teacher and each have their own systems of invoicing but usually lessons are payable monthly or termly in advance. Discuss your particular financial options with your teacher directly. There is no minimum sign up period so you are never committed to ongoing lessons. We know you’ll love it so much, you won’t want to stop!
How long are the lessons?
We offer lessons in 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes and hourly slots for private classes. Musicianship and Musical Games classes are all an hour long. The SuperJazz band rehearses for an hour and a half every Saturday morning.
Do parents need to attend the classes?
No. Actually we recommend parents wait in the reception area whilst students have lessons as we’ve found parents can prove more distracting than anything. For younger students sometimes it’s nice for parents to attend the first lesson but thereafter you’re not obliged to. All students under the age of 16 need to have a parent or guardian accompany them to the building when they attend for the first time but thereafter students are welcome to make their own way here.
Are all staff CRB/DBS checked?
Absolutely. The Academy has a partnership with Total CRB who are a leading body for education and safety checking and it is through Total CRB all our musicians and teachers undergo regular checks.
Can I take exams?
Yes of course. We support several syllabi including ABRSM, TrinityGuildhall, Rockschool and LAMDA so you can take grades in any instrument. We don’t force exams and these are by no means obligatory. You can still become a fantastic musician without a certificate!
I'm an adult, am I too old to start learning?
There’s no such thing as too old! Music is for everyone and that’s something we firmly believe in! Adults have all the same opportunities as our younger students including private and group classes, access to masterclasses and workshops, performance opportunities and recording opportunities.
How young can my child start learning?
We start as young as age three on our Musical Games course which runs on Saturday afternoons from 1.30pm to 2.30pm for an hour every week. Private lessons start from as young as age four and we would recommend Piano, Drums or Violin to start with. Guitar and woodwind instruments are often best saved until the child is a bit older. For little ones we also recommend you start with 20 or 30 minute lessons.
How long does it take to be able to play well?
The answer is quite simple. The more time you invest in your learning and practice, the sooner you will achieve your goals. By this we don’t necessarily mean the more lessons you have the better you will get. Instead we believe in the power of practice. There’s no reason why one lesson a month wouldn’t be sufficient enough provided you put in the practice in between lessons! Attendance to our musicianship course is also a very powerful learning tool as it helps you to master all the skills of music which aren’t traditionally taught in private lessons; skills such as rhythm training, aural training, harmony, transcription and the language of music itself.
OK, How do I start?
Simply get in touch with your preferred teacher or the office to book your first lesson. We don’t have waiting lists and it’s something we’re very proud of. Once one teacher becomes fully booked, we bring another one on board! We have 33 teachers to date (Nov 2015), all hand selected by our Director who has an enviable network of musicians and educators at her disposable so rest assured you’re in the best possible hands.