Janet has been teaching online recently due to the strange times that we find ourselves living through with the pandemic and the opportunities that have arisen through video calls. These have been working well. If you would welcome the chance to have a lesson, or lessons with her they could be on technique or repertoire, solo or orchestral/ chamber music parts or any other aspects of playing that you want help or guidance with. Please use the booking form or contact us form to find out more.
While playing in groups online is impossible, teaching using FaceTime for those with iPads and iPhones, or using Zoom (a user-friendly, secure, online video conferencing website which just requires internet and a web-cam or smartphone/tablet) for non apple users is definitely achievable.
Lesson fees are £20 for thirty minutes.
Lessons are offered in the main, for Bassoon, Clarinet and Saxophone.
Practice methods and musical interpretation only, on other woodwind instruments (Flute & Oboe).
"It was serendipitous when Janet’s email offering lessons popped up in my inbox back in April. Lockdown meant that my regular musical groups were suspended and I hadn’t played my bassoon for some time. I now had time to play but lacked a bit of motivation! My last bassoon lesson was at school - quite a few decades ago - so I was pretty apprehensive but took the plunge and ‘signed up’ for a trial lesson. I needn’t have worried. Janet quickly put me at ease, assessed where I was with my playing and suggested some new music. FaceTime lessons work well (at least from my perspective). The sound quality must be reasonable as Janet quickly picks up any little error! I feel that my playing and confidence are improving and I’m now having regular weekly lessons (and am motivated to practice!)." - Jill Haslam
"I find Janets music lessons very stimulating and very helpful in developing and improving technique and musical interpretation. They have also helped me to have more focused practice sessions." - Tony Dunlop
"Janet strikes exactly the right tone in tutoring me. As befits a very experienced teacher she is firm but fair ... I particularly liked her gently castigating me saying "If you practise this passage incorrectly you will end up being very good at playing it wrong". These and other bon mots illustrate her wisdom, her light touch and her good-humoured approach to teaching. Altogether she is a delight in a very difficult and demanding activity-playing the bassoon and bassoon music well." - Bob Tilley