Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of attending Northwood Music Academy?
You will be enriched through learning with dedicated and expert teachers. There is an emphasis on relishing the journey as well as the end result.
Why is a mindful approach part of the learning process?
Mindsets aren't fixed - mistakes are not only inevitable but wonderful opportunities. Taking a holistic approach enables learning with confidence and pleasure.
How long are the lessons?
Half an hour or 60 minutes for individual lessons
Group activities vary
When are the lessons?
Most lessons are offered on Sunday mornings and after-school during term time. Some teachers will be willing to continue to teach through the holidays.
Where do the lessons take place?
The Northwood Music Academy is based in the music block at Rickmansworth School (details are on the Contact page).
Is there parking?
There is ample free parking at Rickmansworth School near the sports block and swimming pool.
Do students need to have a one-to-one instrumental lesson before joining the ensembles and group lessons?
Provided that they are at a level sufficient to join a group, there is no need for students to take one-to-one lessons.
Do you offer shared lessons with a friend or sibling?
This is possible but would need to be discussed and decided by the teacher on a case by case basis.
What about grades?
We can enter students for all grades (ABRSM, Trinity or Rockschool)
What do lessons cost?
Our price list is available to download here
Can I sit in in the lesson?
Parents are offered the opportunity to enjoy an open lesson on a termly basis if they would like to come and listen in. Workshops for parents and children on 'How to Practice Intelligently' are also available.
Do I need to have my own instrument?
Yes. We can advise you on where to hire or buy an instrument.
What is your cancellation policy?
Lessons can only be stopped at the end of a term. To discontinue lessons or membership of a group activity, half a term’s written notice to the Director is required. This needs to be received by the Friday before half term for finishing at the end of that term. In the absence of this written notice, a further term’s fees will be payable. There are 33 lessons per year, and the number of lessons each term will vary according to the term length.
Do all staff have a full DBS (formerly CRB) check?