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Following UK Government and ISM guidance, in-person lessons may resume from 1st August but subject to the strict
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Online lessons are also continuing and students may chose between these two options. 

                 
 
I am Ross Hammond (BSc (Hons), AMBCS, PGCE, MISM) and offer affordable and high quality piano lessons and music theory lessons as a professional and qualified (by the Department of Education) teacher in Gloucestershire with Qualified Teachers' Status and a registered Enhanced Private Teacher of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). Learn for pleasure or / and take graded examinations. Very high pass rates in all examinations with many students gaining a distinction. All students accepted from beginners to advanced, children and adults (age 8 + ). All lessons tailored to your individuals needs, including any SEN (Special Educational Needs).   

About me 

I am a qualified Department Of Education Primary School Teacher and Private Teacher with a PGCE (Post-graduate Certificate of Education) and QTS (Qualified Teachers' Status), see my qualifications pageI teach Piano lessons and Music Theory lessons, in the Saintbridge area of Gloucester, and work closely with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exam board and Regulated by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). In addition to this, I am a Primary School Teacher. I teach students of all ages, abilities and needs. I received the 2012 Enterprise award from the University of Gloucestershire and in addition to this I have been an ISM Registered and Regulated Enhanced Private Teacher since 2019. Additionally, as a professional and qualified teacher with qualified teachers' status, unlike many private music teachers, I understand that the process of learning for all age ranges are different and tailor my approach accordingly, as well as adapting to students who have special educational needs (which I see as a learning need and not a learning disability). Furthermore, I know how important safeguarding is and as such as have an enhanced CRB check from both my school and the ISM. This demonstrates my suitability to work with all children and adults, every provider of education must have one of these. 

I have been playing the Piano for 22 years and hold ABRSM performance grade from Prep Test to Grade 8. I also hold certification in Grade 5 Music Theory. I am able to relate very well to all students taking graded exams, as well as providing advice on the ever changing exam process, marking and content. I have strong connections with the ABRSM exam board, I am a Music Medals Examiner and ensure that all students whether learning for pleasure or to take exams make good or better progress whilst gaining a love for playing the piano and music in general.

I really enjoy playing the piano and teaching both music and all other subjects. I pride myself in my teaching methods that inspire my students to achieve their full potential, including students with SEN who need special provision. My students learn in a relaxed environment and I try my utmost to make my lessons enjoyable and energetic whilst monitoring my students closely to ensure they are achieving as best as they can. I am a patient, caring and understanding teacher, as I believe learning the piano should be fun, not stressful. Being a young adult I can relate well to younger students as well as mature students. I also teach all throughout the year, including all the school holidays at flexible times.  

To book lessons, please click here to register, use the registration button above or telephone me on 07792 897 732. To see my opening times and fees please scroll to the bottom of the page.


What components / Music I teach:

Click here to see examples of my students performances

I currently take on students aged 8 and above and can teach beginners to grade 8 in Practical and beginners to grade 5 in Theory. Many students learn for pleasure so that they can play that one piece they have aspired to play or just learn as a hobby because they would like to gain an extra skill. Whilst other students learn and what to progress up the grade ladder in Piano performance and Music Theory. The path you take is up to you and based on your aspirations. 

For students interested in progressing through the grade ladder, my full list of taught examination elements are below.

ABRSM Practical exams taught:

  • Beginner (level 1 and 2)    OR  A Basic Piano Course for Adults levels 1 and / or 2 (depends on progress) 
  • Prep test (optional)
  • Grade 1 Practical
  • Grade 2 Practical
  • Grade 3 Practical
  • Grade 4 Practical
  • Grade 5 Practical
  • Grade 6 Practical  
  • Grade 7 Practical
  • Grade 8 Practical

ABRSM Musical Theory exams taught:

  • Grade 1 Theory
  • Grade 2 Theory
  • Grade 3 Theory
  • Grade 4 Theory
  • Grade 5 Theory 
  • Grade 6 Theory

Please be assured, all students who are entered for exams are always fully trained and well prepared. All students enjoy high pass rates of Merit or Distinction and my lesson fees are considerably below what you would normally expect to pay for private tuition without compromise!

 Other Components:

1. GCSE Exam Preparation (contact to discuss)

2. Film music, other classical music and other non-exam material 

Lesson Fees & Additional Charges

Please note: When students first enroll they normally start as PAYG students and move to a block booking space when a consistent time slot is available that meets their availability. 

Lesson Length Number of
 lessons
Per Week 
Cost   Additional 
Charges
Cost
30 Minutes  Pay as you go £13.00  
Signature for legal documentation
(e.g. passport, driving licence etc.)
£10.00

Per Document 
60 Minutes Pay as you go £26.00  
Block of 4 x 30 minute Lessons
(1 lesson per week, 4 per month)

Note: In 5 week months, 
5 lessons are booked for £65.00

£52.00
 


Letter

( e.g. for exam board appeal, 
to inform a school / company about 
your music exam in support of an 
authorized absence request, to 
accompany legal documentation etc.)



£10.00

Per Letter

(includes copy)

Block of 4 x 60 minute lessons
(1 lesson per week, 4 per month)

Note: In 5 week months, 
5 lessons are booked for £130.00



£104.00
 
Other Block Book Packages to suit your 
schedule

(minimum 2 lessons) 
Various 

Please 
Ask
  Mark Forms 
(For Theory Papers)
£2.00 each

The above lesson charges do not cover exam fees or books. These Extra charges must be paid before any books can be taken home, and before any exam entries will be made.

All lessons are invoiced for in advance and are payable by bank transfer. The bill payer receives a receipt once their payment has cleared.

Teaching days and times:

Day Teaching Times Notes
Monday to Friday 

Subject to occasional change, dependent on school commitments: 

Set Days:
Monday 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Thursday 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Friday 4:30pm - 8:00pm 

Contact for more information 

International
lessons
including
in
Australia
given
9pm-10pm
Fridays 
Saturday 

8:00am to 12:30 noon 

then

1:30pm to 5:30pm 

 

I teach all throughout the year, including most school holidays (Half-terms, Christmas, Easter, Summer holidays).

If you require a lesson on a different day or time to those stated above, please contact me and I can do my best to arrange a suitable time.

How to register & book lessons

We have made the registration and booking process as easy and straight forward as possible. Follow these easy steps. 
  1. Register your basic details using the registration page. If you are a parent and want to register your child for lessons, select parent from the drop down box to add your contact details first, then your child's basic contact details. 
     
  2. Submit your registration and our payments and bookings team will contact you by email and request the final details we need to process your enrollment. 
     
  3. We will email or post to you your enrollment pack confirming your details which you need to bring to your first lesson. We will also send you a welcome email confirming you have been accepted. 
     
  4. Once registered and enrolled  you will be seen on a PAYG basis where you book lessons as they become available online, by logging into this website. We will text you every time a new lesson appointment becomes available to book. Simply login, find the 'Open Lesson Appointment' on your calendar and then click it to register for that lesson. 
     
  5. Once a consistent lesson space becomes available and matches your preferred times, you will be given this permanent weekly or fortnightly lesson space which will take place at the same day and time every week (including public holidays). It will be yours for a year at a time, subject to signing a block booking contract. As long as you renew your block booking contract each year, the space will remain yours. 

Membership of Professional Bodies & Awards

A Registered Teacher Member  ISM Registered Enhanced Private Teacher Recognised through the Employability Awards for Enterprise in 2012 by 
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers
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The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)
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The University of Gloucestershire
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DISCLAIMER: Only students names, contact number and email address are securely stored by the system to allow lesson bookings and reminder emails to be sent. NO PERSONAL INFORMATION IS STORED.

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