Music Lessons at Forsyth

We have a roster of brilliant teachers available to provide lessons at Forsyth on most major instruments, including:

Piano   Guitar (classical, acoustic, electric, bass)   Ukulele   Voice

Recorder   Clarinet   Saxophone  Violin  Viola   Cello   Double Bass

We are also offering Music Theory lessons, both individually and in groups!

Lessons are now available again face-to-face with social distancing and cleanliness measures in place. 

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Book a free 30-minute trial lesson!

[email protected]  0161 834 3281, ext. 1

If you are interested in taking lessons at Forsyth, we would be delighted to offer you a free half-hour trial lesson!

In order that we can book you in with a suitable teacher at a convenient time, please let us know the following information:

- learner's name and age (learners under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult);
- which instrument(s) they would like to learn to play, and an indication of their level (e.g., beginner);
- whether they would like to borrow an instrument for the trial lesson (where applicable);
- learner's availability during our opening hours (Mon-Sat, 10 am – 5.30 pm; Sun, 11 am – 5 pm);
- telephone number and email address of learner, parent or guardian.

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Continuing your lessons at Forsyth

Instrument Lessons

After your trial lesson, you can book further lessons for £35 per hour, or £17.50 per half-hour, paid for in advance in blocks of ten half-hour lessons or five hour-long lessons. Single one-off lessons of an hour are charged at £40 per lesson.

Music Theory Lessons

You can book further Music Theory lessons for £30 per hour, or £15 per half hour, paid for in advance in blocks of ten half-hour lessons or five hour-long lessons. Single one-off lessons of an hour are charged at £35 per lesson. If you wish to have group lessons for Music Theory, there is a reduced charge of £25 per hour per student.

Please see the Terms and Conditions at the bottom of the page.

 

    

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Meet Our Teachers!

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Eleanor Waddington 

Beginner to advanced Violin and Viola, Beginner Recorder and Piano

                                                                        

                                                      Photograph courtesy of RNCM

Eleanor Waddington is an experienced Viola player from Kent, based in Manchester. She is in the second year of her Master’s Degree at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) studying with Lucy Nolan. She has a First-Class MusB. (Hons) degree from the University of Manchester where she enjoyed playing the viola alongside her academic studies. Her recent performances include playing with Manchester Camerata and working under the baton of Sir Mark Elder. Eleanor has been teaching violin and viola for the last 5 years and is passionate about the enjoyment of music over everything else. Alongside her private teaching work, Eleanor is the resident string teacher at Forsyth Music Shop in Manchester, and a peripatetic teacher at The Hathershaw College in Oldham, teaching group violin/viola to 11–13 year-olds following the Music in Secondary Schools Trust group tuition curriculum. Eleanor aims to provide unique experiences for all her students, ensuring the lessons are tailored to the individual ensuring enjoyment is her top priority.

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Dominic Matthews 

Beginner to advanced Guitar (acoustic, electric, classical, and bass!) and Ukulele

                    

Dominic Matthews is a professional composer, guitarist and conductor. He is currently working on an Arts Council England funded composition project ‘Tiresias 2.0’ whilst teaching privately. As a guitarist, Dominic will often be found at Matt and Phreds, Thirsty Scholar or Niamos radical arts centre as both a jazz and experimental guitarist. He has both recorded and toured as a solo artist and in various groups across the U.S and Europe and is confident in teaching any style of guitar, composition and conducting. He has experience teaching both adults and children, having taught group guitar lessons in primary schools as part of Front Row and Create Music.

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Harry Dichmont

Beginner to advanced Clarinet, Saxophone, and Voice

                                                  

Harry is a clarinettist and saxophonist who graduated from the University of Manchester in 2021. He holds diplomas in both clarinet and saxophone performance and has been teaching at Forsyth’s since 2019. Harry is currently studying a PGCE teacher training course at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he will graduate in the summer of 2022.

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Jacob Barns 

Beginner to advanced Cello, beginner Double Bass

Jacob Barns is a professional cellist who qualified with a BMus with honours in Cello and teaches to a grade 8+ level. He has played amongst esteemed musicians within the Contemporary Ensemble at the London Symphony Orchestra and played with the Manchester Camerata on numerous occasions. Jacob teaches with a positive approach and teaches all styles. Jacob also works at Forsyths in the Sheet Music and Instrument Departments.

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Tom Dimelow-Steel

Beginner to Advanced Piano

       

Tom is an experienced pianist and teacher with nineteen years of experience playing the piano. Originally from Sheffield, he moved to Manchester in 2016 to study Music at The University of Manchester, graduating with a 2:1, and First Class grades in all performances. Tom studied Piano at Sheffield Music Academy with Valentina Kalashnik. Once at university, he was tutored by concert pianist Duncan Glenday. Tom’s approach is based on healthy technique, and quality of sound, rather than a correct/incorrect way of playing. This allows his students to become independent and free-thinking performers, who enjoy the music they create.

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Frances Laker

Beginner to Advanced Music Theory

          

Frances is an experienced cellist and pianist, with a keen interest in music theory. She graduated from Huddersfield University in 2020 with an Upper 2nd class degree in Music (BMus) and recently achieved a Distinction in her MMus in Musicology. Now based in Greater Manchester, Frances has a Grade 8 in music theory and took several advanced analysis classes during her studies at university. She also works in the instrument department here at Forsyth, so is well placed to help link music theory to your practical music lessons.

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Terms and Conditions

If you are interested in taking lessons at Forsyth, we will be delighted to offer you a free half-hour trial lesson and to lend you an instrument for the session if you do not yet have your own.

For Instrument Lessons after your trial lesson, if you decide to continue to have lessons, these will cost £35 per hour when paid for in blocks of ten half-hour lessons or five hour-long lessons; if you prefer to have lessons on an ad hoc basis and to pay for them one-by-one, these will cost £40 per hour. (All prices include VAT.) For all such lessons, you will need your own instrument (whether bought or rented). Please pay for your lessons in advance either in person or via 0161 834 3281, ext. 1. Should there be any changes to these fees in future, we will inform you prior to your purchasing any further block of lessons.

For Music Theory Lessons after your trial lesson, if you decide to continue to have lessons, these will cost £30 per hour when paid for in blocks of ten half-hour lessons or five hour-long lessons; if you prefer to have lessons on an ad hoc basis and to pay for them one-by-one, these will cost £35 per hour. (All prices include VAT.) For all such lessons, you will need to bring a notebook and manuscript paper. Please pay for your lessons in advance either in person or via 0161 834 3281, ext. 1. Should there be any changes to these fees in future, we will inform you prior to your purchasing any further block of lessons. If you would like group lessons, it will cost £25 per hour per student, and needs to be arranged with your teacher.

Group lessons are only available for Music Theory lessons.

Your teacher will speak with you to arrange mutually convenient times for your lessons. These can be arranged on a lesson-to-lesson basis and don't have to be every week or always at the same time or on the same day (subject to the teacher's availability).

If we need to cancel or postpone a lesson (due to illness or circumstances beyond our control), we will contact you to reschedule it at a suitable time. If in future your teacher finds they are unable to continue with lessons (due to moving away or other changes in circumstances), we will endeavour to provide an equally qualified teacher to continue your lessons without interruption.

If you need to cancel or postpone a lesson, we kindly ask that you give us 48 hours notice: please call us on 0161 834 3281, ext. 1, or email [email protected] Lessons cancelled at shorter notice, or missed without notice, will not be refunded. If you arrive late for a lesson, we may not be able to extend it past the finishing time if this would disrupt another student's booking or the teacher's other commitments. If you wish to discontinue lessons, we will only be able to consider refunding any outstanding lessons in exceptional circumstances (e.g., incapacitation, moving from the area).

Each block of lessons that you pay for will be recorded in our lesson book and you will be given a receipt. As each lesson from that block is attended, we will ask that you sign against it as appropriate: i.e., to confirm the completion of each lesson, or to confirm that a lesson has been postponed or cancelled with sufficient notice, or cancelled or missed without sufficient notice.