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Frequently asked questions about lessons and weddings

Joanna O'Neil

Singer, Vocal Coach and Pianist

What equipment do you use to teach?
Lessons are given on an full size, 88-key, weighted, touch sensitive Digital Piano. Backing tracks are also used.

Can I bring a CD of music I would like to sing?
Yes, please do. You can also bring an mp3 player or iPod.

What types of payment do you accept?
Jo accepts cash, and BACS. Jo can also accept payments via Paypal subject to an admin charge.

Is there anything I need to bring to lessons?
Jo recommends you bring a notebook to help keep track of your progress, also a bottle of room temperature water is good if having singing lessons.

What ages do you teach?
Jo teaches from 5 years old upwards.

Where are lessons held?
Lessons are held at Jo’s home in Kingsfold, West Sussex and United Church, Crowborough, East Sussex.

Do you teach absolute beginners?
Yes, beginners are welcome. Everyone has to start somewhere!

Do you teach classical music?
No, despite being classically trained, Jo does not teach classical music aside from piano grade pieces in piano lessons. Jo’s speciality is rock, pop, jazz and musical theatre.

Do I have to bring my own music?
Jo has a large selection of  music. However, if there is something particular you wish to learn that is not in Jo’s collection, you may have to purchase the sheet music yourself, either from a music shop or as a digital download. There are a few sites listed on the links page where you can obtain sheet music.

Can I sit in on my son/daughter’s lesson?
For trial lessons, you are most welcome to sit in on the lesson with your son or daughter. For regular lessons it’s best that parents wait outside as there is nowhere to wait on the premises.

Can I pay for lessons in blocks?
If it’s easier for you, you’re welcome to pay for a block of lessons.

Do I have to take part in the summer show?
No, you don’t have to take part in the summer show if you don’t want to. You’re more than welcome to come and watch.

How long before I can start lessons?
Jo sometimes has a waiting list for certain slots, but may be able to fit you in straight away.

Do you break for the school holidays?
Lessons do not follow term times and continue as normal through school holidays and breaks. Jo breaks for Christmas and does not teach on bank holidays.

Do you teach at weekends?
Yes, lessons are available at weekends.

Is there space to park while waiting for my son or daughter?
Space for parking is available at both sites.