Practical Help

Find a music teacher

Below you will find a range of websites that provide details of music teachers throughout the UK. Please check with the individual providers regarding the vetting of the teachers (eg. CRB checks)

Musicteacher.co.uk is a free service which aims to support musicians in every aspect of education and performance. Find music teachers in your area! Use the database to find a music teacher anywhere in the UK.
www.musicteachers.co.uk

The Tutor pages is a site putting music teachers in touch with potential students and has been recommended by The Good Schools Guide along with London music colleges such as RCM and Trinity. Each tutor has written one or more articles on their expertise, making it an interesting and useful site for pupils and teachers to browse. Each instrument has its own page.
www.thetutorpages.com

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM’s) Register of Professional Private Music Teachers is the only regulated online list of its kind in the UK, providing a unique service to anyone looking for a private instrumental or vocal teacher. The Register is a comprehensive directory of teachers, offering a guarantee of professional status through membership of the ISM. Before being admitted to the Register, musicians must go through a stringent vetting process to demonstrate that they are professionally qualified and experienced teachers – giving you, their client, complete peace of mind.
www.ism.org

The UK Association for Music Education – Music Mark – is the new charitable, independent organisation (built on the foundations of the Federation of Music Services and the National Association of Music Educators) which represents and supports 99% of all Music Services and over 12,000 instrumental and classroom music teachers, music tutors, assistants plus consultants, advisers, inspectors and lecturers in Initial Teacher Education.
www.musicmark.org.uk

RGT publishes a directory of registered guitar teachers and bass teachers in the UK and overseas.  A good teacher can save you years of struggling, by showing you how to do things the best way from the start.  So, whether you want to learn electric, acoustic, classical or bass guitar…to find a registered tutor in your area use our find a guitar teacher page.
www.registryofguitartutors.com

For a comprehensive list of teachers offering piano, music and keyboard lessons in the UK and Ireland. All teachers are qualified to a minimum of Grade 8 and their CRB status is highlighted.
www.uk-piano.org/piano_teachers/index.php

Music Lessons Plus helps you find private music teachers in your local area, giving you all of the information & details you’ll need to take the next step and start learning. All of our registered music teachers happily offer a free 20 minute introductory lesson and can be contacted directly.
www.musiclessonsplus.org

Learn piano in under 1 hour with DecPlay piano lessons videos and tuition books. Using a unique colours, numbers and patterns method, DecPlay enables you to learn to play without having to read notation, making learning to play piano fun, easy and amazingly quick. FastPlay enables you to play to a reasonable level in under 1 hour and with more practice, ProPlay enables you to play in a very advanced style. Choose between using the online tuition videos and print outs or alternatively attend individual or group tuition events.
www.decplaypiano.com

Stars & Catz Music Teacher Network is a nationwide group of private music teachers and music schools backed by a small office team who are devoted to providing students with a unique, free teacher matching service.  As well as operating in the UK, the network also extends to the USA, Canada and Australia, where it originated, with an office in each country.
www.starsandcatz.co.uk

Looking for Music lessons near you? Browse hundreds of Music teachers and Music tutors near you, from beginners to advanced. Our Music teachers can teach children and adults alike, whatever the grade. Simply search for your postcode to find tuition near you.
www.tutora.co.uk/search/music

Online Teaching Resources

Here are two excellent, recommended online learning platforms that teach you to play the guitar.

Fender Play

A video-based learning platform for desktop and iPhone. Fender Play is designed to change the way beginner players learn how to play guitar through hundreds of easy-to-follow, instructor-guided video lessons utilising a song-driven, personalised learning path that enables even brand-new players to master chords and riffs in minutes. You will have access to a large glossary of helpful terms, chords and videos. You can choose the type of guitar, songs and genre you want to learn, putting you in control of your own musical journey. Skills are taught in less than 2 minutes and only 22 minutes to a beginner’s first recognisable riff.

https://www.fender.com/play

Orange Rock Guitar Foundation Course

This course takes you from a complete beginner to Grade 2. It will start with the basics, such as how to hold the guitar, before moving onto teaching the fundamentals of rock guitar playing such as how to play open chords, power chords, and how to develop your technical skills. You will also learn basic sight reading skills and aural skills. All throughout the course you will learn supporting theory that will allow you to really understand exactly what it is you are playing.

Once you have finished this course you can then take the RQF and EQF accredited Orange Rock Guitar Foundation Online Exam.

https://orangeamps.com/product/orange-rock-guitar-course-foundation/

Find a musical instrument shop

Within this category, there are recommended retailers covering the full breadth of the United Kingdom. This includes both independent outlets and chains of stores. There is a wonderful mix of shops selling traditional instruments and those at the cutting edge of new technologies. Many of these shops offer services such as instrument hire and repair, plus links to local educational establishments and music teachers. Some of the shops contain on-site music teaching facilities.

http://www.mia.org.uk/the-mia/our-members/?type=retailer#members

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Alternative Funding

Help Musicians UK is a leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement. This Funding Wizard on their website may help you find alternative funding opportunities:

https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/creative-programme/funding-wizard

Find a Music Group

Search from thousands of amateur music groups across the UK on the Making Music website: from choral societies to samba groups, symphony orchestras to festivals. You can search by location or by the types of music they make to find the best fit for you!

https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/creative-programme/funding-wizard

Well-being for musicians

Hearing protection

Exposure to loud music for long periods of time is a serious concern and a hazard not to be taken lightly.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that there’s more than 1.1 billion young people at risk from hearing loss, with 40% of these exposed to damaging levels of sound from entertainment.

Here are 2 organisations that design products to protect the hearing of musicians:

ACS Custom

Specialising in professional custom-made hearing protection and communication solutions and helping music makers across the world since 1994.

https://www.acscustom.com/uk/

Hearology

Hearology has a comprehensive range of the highest quality noise filters and we will choose this filter with you so that you get exactly the level of protection that you need need – no more, and no less – depending on which instrument you play, how much you practice, and where you sit or stand in relation to the other musicians you play with.

https://hearology.uk/musicians

 

24/7 mental health service for musicians

Independent music charity Help Musicians UK is the largest provider of health and welfare support for the British music industry.

They have set up a helpline service that combines listening, advice and signposting with clinical, medical, therapeutic and welfare support.

For working & retired musicians: 0207 239 9101