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Flute lessons

See below for more information about booking a flute lesson with Roderick. 

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Discounts available for beginners and regular lessons.

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Lessons

In person (West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey)

Lessons available at your house, or at my studio in Burgess Hill, a 3-minute walk from Wivelsfield Station. Lessons at your house will include travel expenses, the cost of which varies depending on distance travelled. 

 

Lessons in London

I typically use JS Pianos near Marble Arch. I also use Schott Music near Oxford Circus. Fees for the London studios are inclusive of studio fees and travel expenses.

 

Online

 Lessons available via Zoom or Skype. Zoom meeting link sent with booking confirmation email. You are welcome to record the lesson and I can provide hand-written notes.

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FAQS ABOUT MY TEACHING

WHO DO YOU TEACH?

I give flute lessons to students of all ages and abilities. I enjoy teaching a variety of students, from orchestral players and teaching professionals, to adult amateurs and beginner students

WHERE DO YOU TEACH?

I teach in-person lessons in London, Sussex, and Surrey. I also teach online via Zoom or Skype to students who live abroad. In addition to the locations listed above, I also use platforms such as mushRoom and Tutti Space to book teaching studios near your preferred location. 

WHAT DO YOU TEACH?

I offer flute lessons tailored to your individual needs. Whether you are looking for regular lessons to improve your sound and find greater ease and enjoyment in your playing, or if you wish to book a few lessons to prepare for a concert, audition, exam, or competition, I am happy to help you with your musical journey. There is always something that we can learn and I am grateful to have such open-minded students in my studio.  Mastering the flute is a lifelong journey and I encourage students to work on all aspects of their flute technique (tone, finger coordination, flexibility, etc) to find greater ease and enjoyment in their musical expression. I give a range of different exercises designed to help with a student's specific technical issues. There are no wrong answers and I seek to positively encourage the student to find their voice and true potential, working on finer details as well as the bigger picture.There is never a one-size-fits-all approach in learning the flute! 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I TAKE LESSONS?

For beginners, I recommend taking weekly lessons of about 30-45 minutes in duration. I offer a 10% discount for beginners on top of the regular lesson discount. If you would like to discuss payment plans, please do get in touch.

For more advanced players, I recommend lessons of 60 minutes in duration. How often depends on your needs and budget. I offer discounts for weekly and fortnightly lessons as I find regular lessons are best to make the most progress with a plan tailored to your needs. 

WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU USE?

Materials that I use for more advanced students:  Taffanel & Gaubert Daily Exercises, Moyse De La Sonorite, 24 Little Melodic Studies, Daily Exercises, Tone Development Through Interpretation.  Etudes by Andersen, Boehm, Köhler, Paganini, Gariboldi and others. My books: Mastering the Flute with William Bennett and  7 Daily Vocalises.  Practice Books by Trevor Wye, Reichert Daily Exercises, and more.  For beginners, I generally use a couple of different flute tutor books in conjunction with my own materials. 

Feel free to check out my teaching videos here and read my flute blog posts here

WHAT IS YOUR MUSICAL BACKGROUND?

After studying with some of the greatest flute players and teachers at the Royal Academy of Music and abroad, it is a great privilege to help my students master their instrument. I am particularly fortunate to have studied with William Bennett, who learnt from Geoffrey Gilbert, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Marcel Moyse. Being part of this musical lineage is something I shall always be grateful for. At the Royal Academy of Music, I also learnt a lot about harmony, aural, music history and analysis, in addition to the skills associated with playing chamber music and orchestral music, which all feed into how I approach music. I have also studied with Lorna McGhee, Principal flute of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Alexander Technique teachers such as Gabriella Minnes-Brandes in Vancouver and Karen Wentworth and Ilana Machover in London.

WHAT IS THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE?

Much of my teaching is inspired by the Alexander Technique, which has helped many musicians, actors and athletes with injury prevention. For flute playing, it especially helps with breathing, tone, resonance, and finger coordination by being more aware of how we use ourselves (body and mind) and inhibiting habits which are less efficient. This has a big impact on practice and performance.

HOW MUCH IS A LESSON?

Online lessons are £50. 

In person lessons start at £50 and will vary depending on travel expenses and room booking fees. 

Lessons fees are reviewed on an annual basis.

Multiple lessons discounts

Weekly lessons: 10% off

4 lessons a month. Invoiced in advance. 

Bi-weekly/fortnightly lessons: 5% off

2 lessons a month. Invoiced in advance.

Beginner discount

I offer an additional 10% discount to beginners.

HOW DO I BOOK A LESSON?

You can request to book a lesson by clicking the button of the type of lesson you would like to book. I will then get back to you to confirm the lesson date and time. You can also email me if that's easier. 

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

If you need to cancel a lesson, please give at least 48 hours' notice.  We can then reschedule the lesson at no extra cost.

Please note, for lessons at either of the London studios, the room booking fee will still be payable unless you are able to give a full week's notice as these are only refundable when enough notice is given to the studio. Invoices for multiple lessons at a discounted rate are not refundable after the first lesson.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions, or book a free online consultation.

WHAT STUDENTS SAY

"I've learnt more in one hour than I have in a lifetime!"

(Student, UK)

"I've never learnt so much in one lesson!"

(Catherine, UK)

"A fantastic player and teacher. Very patient and knowledgeable. If you want to make progress with your playing and achieve the sound you've always dreamt of I would highly recommend giving him a try!"

(Caroline, UK)

"As a teacher, Roderick gets right to the middle of any problem, whether technical or musical, and knows just how to work on it. He is kind, patient, generous of spirit and always works on building you up. In the year I have been having lessons with Rod I have learned so much and my playing has been transformed. I understand things now that I have never understood before. My only regret is that I didn't start having lessons with him ages ago."

(Hazel, UK)

"Rod is an excellent teacher - he's able to identify in detail what's holding back your playing and work with you to improve it. He's got a supportive and fun vibe when teaching. I'm making a much better sound and am able to play more expressively since I've been learning with him."

(Tandy, UK)

"Roderick is an acclaimed, prize-winning performer who possesses an encyclopaedic command of how the flute functions as an instrument and the techniques for exploiting its richness and expressivity, as his book ‘Mastering the Flute with William Bennett’ clearly demonstrates.  As a teacher and player, Roderick imparts his knowledge and experience calmly, encouraging the student to think about how best to communicate the musicality of pieces of the repertoire under study through the development of tone and technique, sensitively drawing out from the student the very best possible performance he/she is capable of and encouraging the development of an individual voice as a flute player.  A polished performer and sympathetic, inspirational teacher, such as Roderick, is a rare breed indeed!"

(David, UK)

​"I am a student with Roderick Seed and have been taking lessons with him for approximately one year. He is a wonderful teacher and is a very talented musician. Rod never "tells you what you want to hear", he teaches with great precision and excellence. He is the best teacher that I have ever had!​"  

(Shere, USA)​

"I’ve been taking lessons with Rod via Skype for about a year. I’ve learned so much. His knowledge of the flute and how to teach is inspiring. He has limitless exercises and solutions for combatting problem areas. I consider myself very lucky to be one of Rod’s students"

(Sylvia, USA)

 

"I have been blessed to work with Rod for the past year and a half. Before my time with Rod, I was self taught on the flute for a few years. In the little time I had with Rod, I was given the opportunity to skyrocket in my music abilities. Rod has prepared me for numerous auditions and performances and has inspired me to pursue my passion for music. As my world of music is rapidly expanding, I have still yet to meet another flutist as knowledgeable and genuine as Rod. I will forever be grateful for his amazing teaching and the time he has spent with me."

(Isabella, Canada)

"I can definitely recommend Roderick.  He is an incredibly patient, supportive and inspiring teacher."

(Lynsey, UK)

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