What would you like to learn?

Piano

The piano remains one of the most popular instruments to learn. Most young musicians start at age 6 or 7 but there are occasional examples when tuition could start at a younger age. Many of my pupils are adults and they tend to be a mixture of people coming back to instruments they learned in their youth, or they are just trying a new hobby that will excite and challenge the brain! All lessons whether for the young, or those with a few more miles on the clock, are individually tailored to suit specific needs and requests. Learning an instrument is meant to be enjoyable, I try to keep it that way.

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Saxophone

The saxophone is a versatile and exciting instrument to learn. At times it is not suitable for the very young player due to its physical size and weight. Although in recent years innovations (such as the Trevor James Alpha) have allowed even younger pupils to successfully start learning the instrument. There are a number of different alternatives in terms of examinations which help to make the saxophone a very enjoyable instrument to learn. Learning an instrument is meant to be enjoyable, I try to keep it that way.

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Flute

The flute is very popular with younger learners as it is light, portable and affordable. Beginner flutes that have been adapted for smaller hands are readily available. Perfectly good quality starter flutes are now available for £150/£200. The flute produces a nice pleasing tone even for the beginner (so there’ll not be any incidents of cowering pets when practice sessions take place within the home). Learning an instrument is meant to be enjoyable, I try to keep it that way.

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Music Theory and Technology

Music Theory remains an essential skill that many students simply do not learn enough about. Basic theory features in all of my instrumental tuition. I also teach specific classes for how to pass ABRSM Grade 5 theory and how to improve your composition skills through the application of theoretical knowledge. If you are considering GCSE music then (in my opinion) a solid grounding in music theory is essential. Music technology has become an integral part of music-making over the past 15 years. I teach beginner to advanced skills in the use of Sibelius and various DAWs. I’ll not go on here as the technical jargon can get overwhelming - just get in touch if you would like to discuss music technology help/tuition.

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FAQs

How do I get in touch?
Call 07768 977800 or email info@alhodgson.com
What can I learn?
I offer tuition on Flute, Saxophone, Piano, Music Theory, Composition and Music Technology. I teach all ages, and have plenty of experience of both Primary aged pupils and adults.
Where do lessons take place?
Lessons take place at my studio in Weybridge, but I do travel to private homes in certain circumstances.
Do I need to buy an instrument?
In the long-term yes you would need to own an instrument. However there are many options available that would get you through the first 6 months of tuition- please get in touch to discuss.
What is your teaching style?
Music is supposed to be fun and I do my best to keep it that way. Various forms of improvising regularly appear in my lessons as I believe these are core skills every musician should have. At the end of the day if you follow my advice and teaching methods you will become a better musician.Read the reviews below!
Do I have to do exams?
I am classically trained and do enter pupils for formal Associated Board and Trinity Music examinations. You don’t have to do exams, but I think it’s important to have goals and targets. My practical examination pass rate is %100.
Need help with A level/GCSE
Music or ABRSM Aural tests? Then please get in touch. Need help with using music software/setting up audio cards? Give me a call.
How do lessons work?
First lesson is used an an introductory session. You only pay for it if you decide to continue. Once you have started lessons there is no notice period if you decide to stop.
How long is a lesson?
Most students have 30 minute, 45 minute or 1 hour lessons although very young pupils sometimes have 20 minute sessions.
What if I miss a lesson?
If a pupil does not give 24 hours notice that a lesson can not take place then the lesson is still charged. I do however understand that things can happen beyond anyone's control, so each situation is dealt with depending on the circumstances.
Can I see references?
Yes. If you would like references then do get in touch and I will supply email addresses of current pupils. You can then independently contact them and ask any additional questions you might have.
Do you have a DBS check?
Yes I have 2. One by my employer St George's Weybridge, and the other by Surrey County Council.
Any other questions?
Please get in touch 07768 977800 or email info@alhodgson.com

ABOUT AL Hodgson

AL Hodgson began his musical career at Lichfield Catherdral as a Chorister and then moved on to Shrewsbury School as the top music scholar. He then spent 5 years studying music at Reading University before working as a freelance musician for 10 years. During that time he played on TV, Radio, Cruise Ships, National Theatre Tours, Pantomimes, album recordings and teaching in schools. 1998 saw a change of direction as AL became Assistant Director of Music at Danes Hill School, then Director Of Music at Barrow Hills School from 2003-2006 followed by his appointment to Director of Music at St George's Junior School, Weybridge from 2006-2012. In 2012 he went back to freelance work and now teaches, records, composes and arranges music from his studio in Weybridge. AL is also a well respected Musical Director with over 25 professional stage shows under his belt. He has maintained links with St George's Junior School and teaches class music there for two days each week. AL plays flute, saxophone and piano and is very experienced with Sibelius and Cubase software.
AL is married to Louise, has 5 children and a mild addiction to golf.
References and DBS documentation are available upon request.

What People Say

Read reviews below. References available upon request. Do get in touch for more details.

Client

"A huge huge thank-you to everyone involved in the nativity today,the story line was hilarious,the songs amazing,with 15 nativities under my belt it was truly one of the most memorable."

- Mr and Mrs G (December 2018)-
Client

"Brilliant work getting my daughter through Grade 6 piano. She's over the moon with the result."

- Mrs K (December 2018)-
Client

"Never had a problem. AL has taught all three of our children a mixture of piano sax flute and music theory. Would highly recommend."

- Mr and Mrs W (February 2017)-
Client

"Provided good advice about GCSE music and taught me how to use Sibelius."

- DY Student(April 2017)--
Client

"Having obtained three glowing references my son started lessons. He's really enjoying learning the piano with AL"

- Mrs S (September 2018)-

Free Resources To Practice Your Piano Scales

Click on the links below to view YouTube backing track videos of all Major and Harmonic Minor Scales.
Each scale is played 3 times and the quaver (8th note) tempo is 120 bpm.

Contact Info

AL Hodgson - Teacher of Music.

  • Address

    Weybridge, Surrey UK

  • Phone

    07768 977800

  • Email

    info@alhodgson.com

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