Fees & Booking
Lessons for all instruments are currently charged for at £20 per 30 minute lesson, and are booked in blocks of four in advance at £80.00 every four weeks.
Upon initial booking, an advance payment of £20 is required to secure to first lesson.
Thereafter, should you wish to continue with your lessons, then your tutor will require a payment in advance of £80.00 for four lessons.
For further details and teachers’ terms please email or contact us on 020 8680 9747
Bookings can be made by debit/credit card by calling us on 020 8680 9747, using our online booking platform https://southendmusicschool.co.uk/book-a-lesson/ or by visiting in person at 9, South End, Croydon. CR0 1BE
(If visiting us to pay a deposit, our staff are available between the hours of 10am-6pm Mon-Fri or Sat 9.30am-5pm – no appointment necessary!)
Facilities at South End Music School
Looking for music lessons in Croydon? Look no further…South End Music School boasts five fully air conditioned and professionally equipped teaching rooms. Everything is provided for students to arrive and study in the most comfortable environment possible, where concentration and privacy are key ingredients to successful learning.
For Piano and Guitar students ALL instruments and equipment can be provided for your lesson, including keyboards, electric pianos, guitars and guitar amps. We do, however strongly suggest that most guitar students bring their own instrument to the lesson and we are regrettably unable to provide Clarinets, Saxophones, Flutes or Violins for use in lessons.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I book my first lesson?
Very simple !! You can contact us by email, or by calling our booking line on 020 8680 9747… Provided we have answered all your questions, discussed times and availability and you have decided on a particular appointment, all we will require at that point is a securing deposit of £20.00, which is accepted by credit or debit card. Your payment can be made over the phone or by visiting in person to pay in cash, whichever you prefer.
Once we have received your deposit, we will then confirm your booking and email you a receipt of payment along with a welcome letter and an outline of your teacher’s terms and conditions, which will need to be signed and returned to them upon the first lesson.
What if I do not own an instrument?
To get the most out of your lessons it is essential that you either own, or at the very least have access to a suitable instrument in order for you to maintain an effective practice regime. However, we do understand that some are reluctant to invest in or are unable to secure the use of an instrument initially. For this purpose only we occasionally have a selection of instruments available for a limited rental period in order to get you started (Except Violins, Clarinets or Saxophones). Please enquire for availability.
What should I do if I need to miss a lesson?
Let your tutor know as soon as possible – 5 days notice is generally required to defer a lesson onto the next week, although in certain circumstances your tutor may be able to find an alternative time for you during the same week if they have an available slot. Lessons cancelled at shorter notice are usually considered forfeit, as outlined in the teaching terms received in your Welcome Letter on first booking. However, it is at your tutor’s own discretion whether to apply a forfeit depending on each individual circumstances.
If your appointments may need to be irregular due to work commitments, please discuss this with your tutor, (Or with us upon initial booking) who will do their best to work with you to accomodate this. (We have many students who work shift patterns for example..) We know life is increasingly busy for most these days, and as such a degree of flexibility is often needed!
No more than one lesson from any block of 4 may usually be deferred onto the next week. If you need to miss more than one lesson from a block, for example during summer holidays, your tutor can in some cases permit two lessons to be deferred, so long as none are missed from the following block of four lessons. Again, the best thing to do is speak to your tutor as soon as possible. This will make it easier for them to try and accommodate your plans.
Can I purchase lessons as a gift?
Yes, you can purchase gift vouchers for anything from a block of four lessons for a relative or friend. All vouchers are produced ‘in-house’ and can be tailored to incorporate a personalised message. Gift Vouchers are valid for 6 months after the date of purchase and cannot be exchanged for cash. We can only accept payment for gift vouchers by cash or cheque.
Can parents sit in on their child’s lessons?
Parents are more than welcome to sit in on their child’s lessons although it is found that older children tend to progress quicker if their parents are not in attendance. However, children under the age of 10 years are preferred to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is invited to be present throughout the lesson.
Can I have a lesson with a friend / member of my family?
Unfortunately we do not offer lessons for more than one person, this is to ensure that each student receives effective contact time with their tutor to best aid their learning progress.
Can I enter for graded exams?
Preparations for graded examinations by leading examination boards such as the ABRSM, Trinity College, Rockschool and Registry of Guitar Tutors are available. Details are available upon request from your teacher.
Can I play whatever music I want to?
Absolutely! You tell us about the styles of music, artists or bands that have fuelled your passion and we will tailor the lessons to incorporate this.
Do you have parking facilities?
There is an easily accessible 24-hour pay & display car park just 200 yards from us located in Spices Yard. Alternatively there are a number of individual pay & display bays along South End, which providing that your lesson is after 5pm and you are parked in a bay, are free of charge.<
Are your tutors Criminal Records Bureau OR Police checked?
All of our tutors have been checked and passed by the Disclosure Barring Service (replacing the old Criminal Records Bureau) for their suitability to work with children or vulnerable adults.
How long should my lesson be?
We recommend that students at the early stages should have an individual 30 minute lesson once each week. This should be increased to 1 hour each week once the student has reached Grade 5 standard and above. (For new students joining who have prior playing and musical experience, our tutors will be happy to assess your musical ability and discuss your aims and requirements for future development before advising on the appropriate lesson duration.) We also strongly recommend that Music Theory is studied in addition to instrumental lessons when preparing for higher graded examinations.