Music Lessons at Combe Down
We currently offer piano, guitar and singing lessons at Combe Down Primary School. You may also book violin lessons through B&NES Music Service.
Vivienne Dean BMus(Hons) LRAM, Piano Teacher
Teaches all ages: £15.50 per half hour individual, £8.00 per 15 minute individual
Viv provides individual piano lessons of either 15 or 30 minutes duration and offers a free taster lesson for those new to the instrument.
Students are encouraged to explore a variety of musical styles and engage with the creative skills of improvisation and composition.
As well as teaching privately Viv is also a visiting piano teacher at Kingswood Senior and Kingswood Preparatory Schools.
Jimmy Goodrich, Guitar Teacher
Mob: 07808 005903
Teaches year 3 and up: £16.00 per half hour, individual only
Jimmy Goodrich has taught classical and rock guitar for over 10 years at Combe Down Primary School.
A seasoned performer in his own right, he has supported Amy Winehouse and Rufus Wainwright, and performed all over the world.
Students are taught everything from the very basics right up to grade 8 level examinations.
Jimmy holds an annual concert to showcase his student’s skills.
Paula Smagon MMus, PGCE Singing Teacher
Mob: 07707 585466
30min individual lesson £18.00 - Please note that the minimum age required is 8 years old.
Payments to be made at the beginning of term for the term ahead
30min paired lesson £24 (for both children) - available if there is a suitable partner of the same level (during the pandemic the paired lessons are currently on hold).
Paula provides individual or paired lessons, which are personalized according to students’ needs.
Students will develop vocal technique, which then will be applied in variety of songs with a broad range of genres from pop and folk to rock and jazz.
Paula has performed as a jazz singer throughout Europe and she understands the importance of skills such as improvisation and performance, which she teaches to the highest level.
She is a qualified secondary music teacher and teaches vocal to around 40 private students on weekly basis.
Lessons take place on Tuesdays, during the normal school day.
Free 15min taster lessons are available at any point during the term.
Violin Lessons through B&NES Music Service
Ana Lima is the violin teacher who currently comes to us through the B&NES Music Service.
Lesson fees are for both online or face to face lessons:
- 30 minutes individual (fortnightly) for £89.25
5 lessons only per double term (e.g. Terms 1&2)
- 20 minutes Individual (weekly) for £119
10 lessons per double term (e.g. Terms 1&2)
- 30 minutes Individual (weekly) for £178.50
for 10 lessons per double term (e.g. Terms 1&2)
There will be a single cost for Group Lessons but the length of the lesson with change depending on the number of pupils in the group.
2 Students in a Group will receive 20 min lessons
3 or 4 Students in a Group will receive 30 min lessons
5 or 6 Students in a Group will receive 45 min lessons
All the group lessons are charged at £59.50 for a term of 10 lessons
B&NES Music Service and Music Education Hub offers remissions (discounts) for pupils in receipt of Free School Meals* (we will also work with your child’s school if they are in receipt of Pupil Premium).
For pupils in receipt of Free School Meals*, assistance is available towards tuition costs in schools - parents/carers can have a 50% discount on 30 mins Fortnightly Lesson or Group Lesson options only.
In both cases a letter confirming eligibility or other documentation will need to be presented.
*Please note this does not include the Universal Infant Free School Meals and if your child does meet the criteria for Free School Meals the 50% discount will only be applied to one instrument