Instrumental Tuition at Hampton Court House

Our teachers provide world class instrumental tuition to our pupils.

Our peripatetic teaching staff all have performing careers and are specifically chosen for their experience in teaching children and teenagers, as well as their ability to inspire and connect with them.

Peripatetic music teaching during Covid-19 (August to October 2020)

Guy HollowayMA (Cantab), NPQH, FRSA
  • Headmaster
  • Music History, Cultural Studies

We are all looking forward to opening the school in September. But there will be a number of restricted activities, at least initially, whilst we access the impact of Covid-19 locally and nationally.
With great reluctance, we have taken the decision not to have any peripatetic teachers on site for the first half of term – as we have decided to reduce to a minimum interaction between students and teachers who teach across year groups.

However I urge all musicians to keep up with their musical studies, and certainly with their practice. Indeed the uncertainties, stresses and strains, associated with the pandemic are assuaged by immersing oneself in music, either as a listener, as a performer, or just by playing quietly to oneself. Further, I’ve noticed over many years an almost perfect correlation between children and teens who reach a good musical level and their academic studies.

I urge therefore all parents to ensure their children continue with their musical studies via Zoom by liaising directly with their instrumental teachers. In the case of parents who would like their child to start a new instrument, please liaise directly with either Aleksandra Timarov (Director of Junior Music, Early Years and Years 1-4), or Raya Kostova (Director of Senior Music, Years 5-13).

The school’s peripatetic teachers have been teaching through lockdown by Zoom, and with surprising success. One parent of a Year 3 child, writes:

“Since the lockdown was introduced we’ve switched to have our regular piano lessons via Zoom, and we continue our weekly lessons throughout the holidays. At the beginning we were afraid that it would not work and had some little difficulties with understanding how Zoom should be set up most efficiently for the music lesson, but that was resolved quickly and the intensity of lessons became even higher than it was during normal school weeks. We are currently having a 3-hour concert every Sunday via Zoom where selected kids are playing different instruments and kids even can do work as duos, chamber orchestra and choir. I think the most important thing with Zoom is, that we stay connected and inspired by each other to continue our practices and performances.”

And our recorder and flute teacher Emily Bloom writes,

“Online instrumental lessons have been overwhelmingly positive and productive, with all pupils making notable progress. I was amazed at how easily everyone adapted to the online format, with even my very youngest pupils (aged 5) embracing the technology. Listening skills have undoubtedly improved (for the teacher too!) and pupils have engaged deeply with the task at hand. Most importantly, it has been a fun and enjoyable experience. It’s a different way of learning, but nevertheless very worthwhile.”

For the academic year 2020-21, the following musicians will be teaching one-to-one lessons at Hampton Court House.

Emily Bloom
  • Recorder, Flute
Julie Bruce
  • Percussion and Drums
Kieran BruntBA (Cantab)
  • Voice
Raya KostovaBMus Hons PGADip
  • Director of Senior Music
  • Piano, Music
Roberto Manes
  • Guitar and Jazz Violin
Ralitsa Naydenova
  • Violin, Viola
Aleksandra TimarovMA AdvDip
  • Director of Junior Music
  • Piano
Aldevis Tibaldi
  • Saxophone and Clarinet

We ask that parents liaise directly with teachers, with a view to setting up Zoom lessons (which should be bought in blocks of 5 lessons). Payment should be made directly to the teacher.

The school encourages pupils to recommence lessons as soon as possible (during August if possible, before school begins). Thereafter Zoom lessons should be scheduled early morning before school, or in the afternoon or early evening, or (by agreement) over the weekend.

There is a set fee structure for all Hampton Court House peripatetics, as follows:

5 x 30 minute lessons: £141.50

5 x 45 minute lessons: £212.25