Music tuition

We offer music tuition to all students and Loughborough University staff, from beginners to more advanced musicians. This means you can keep up your playing during your time at University or it might be the time for you to learn a new instrument.

Our fantastic tutors are available to give lessons in piano, singing, guitar (electric and acoustic), brass, saxophone, clarinet, woodwind, flute, violin and viola. Learners of all abilities and stylistic preferences are welcome, so whether you want to gain qualifications or learn for pleasure we'd be delighted to help

Lessons will be delivered online for the beginning of the academic year 2020/21 due to coronavirus, and will return to face-to-face as and when it is safe. You can book one of our music practice rooms for your lesson if you'd like, though for everything except piano you'll need to provide your own instrument. 

What

Tuition is available in singing, piano, guitar, violin, viola, brass, flute and saxophone.

When

8-hour block per semester. The duration and frequency of lessons will be agreed between the student and the tutor; it will depend on the availability and level of musicianship.

Where

Music tuition usually takes place in our music practice rooms, located in Martin Hall and Edward Barnsley Building (to the rear of the Cope Auditorium). However, in the autumn term 2020 music tuition will take place online only in order to adhere to the current guidance on social distancing.

If you have access requirements, please refer to the venue access information.

Cost 

  • Loughborough University students - £200 (for 8 hours tuition)
  • Loughborough University staff - £240 (for 8 hours tuition) 

It may be possible to book additional hours once you have used up your initial 8-hour block, subject to your tutor's availability. However, for students we cannot guarantee that any additional hours will be at the subsidised rate. Please get in touch to discuss this if you are coming to the end of your eight hours.

How to book

Lessons are subject to the availability of the tutors and must be booked at the start of each semester. If you would like to take up music tuition or find out more, then please get in touch via email (luarts@lboro.ac.uk). We will start by putting you in contact with the relevant tutor for an informal chat about your level of playing and requirements. Once the tutor has agreed to take you on and you have agreed on the frequency and duration of lessons, the tutor will send you a link to the University online store where you can pay for your tuition. You must pay within the first two weeks of term.

If you would like to use a music practice room for your lesson then please email us and we can block book this for you. You will need to take along your own device to login to the online lesson with.

Our music tutors

Singing: Jenny Saunders

Jenny was a Scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music and won many prizes including The Great Grimsby International Singers Competition.

Jenny is a very experienced singing teacher, teaching all styles including Pop, Musical Theatre and Classical Singing and covering all Grades and Diplomas. She is also an Examiner for the London College of Music and is lucky enough to tour the country extensively examining.

Jenny has worked as a soloist with many distinguished conductors and orchestras, including Sir David Willcocks and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lazslo Heltay and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Neville Marriner and The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Ian Watson and the Mozart Festival Orchestra in the National Tour of Four Seasons by Candlelight.

Her international singing career has taken her to Japan, Norway, Brazil, America, Germany, Spain and France.

Piano: Rob Upton

Dr. Robert Upton AFHEA LRSM MISM studied at The University of Nottingham, specialising in music performance before undertaking a Ph.D. that examined the interpretation of physical gestures from recorded music. 

Rob is an experienced piano tutor teaching all ages and abilities for over 20 years. Although a trained classical pianist who has performed as a soloist for the University of Nottingham Philharmonia and Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra, his passion is for popular music and teaching a blend of classical, jazz and pop styles. 

Beyond teaching, Rob leads and performs with a number of groups, acts as a freelance musical director for amateur musical theatre companies, examines for RockSchool and maintains a portfolio of composition, arrangement and accompanying work for various tutors and theatres across the Midlands. 

Violin and Viola: Janet Hall

Janet Hall studied at the Birmingham School of Music with James Coles and Josef Aronoff gaining graduate diplomas in both Violin Performance and Violin Teaching.

She has performed with many professional orchestras, primarily Opera North and Sinfonia Viva, gaining experience of operatic, symphonic and chamber repertoire of all periods and has also led various amateur orchestras including the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra and the Helix Ensemble.

Guitar: Berx Kockaya

Berx Kockaya is an experienced tutor capable of teaching students in a range of styles and abilities on both acoustic and electric guitar. He has BMus and MMus in Classical Guitar from Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama respectively. He regularly performs live solo, in a guitar and violin duo and as part of a guitar quartet. 

Saxophone/Clarinet/Woodwind: Mat Davis

Mat Davis is a Saxophonist and Conductor from Nottingham. He studied classical performance and conducting at The University of Hull and has since built a varied career as a performer, conductor and educator in the East Midlands.
Mat is an experienced woodwind teacher, working with students of all ages and abilities for many years, and enjoys blending a range of styles in his teaching from classical to contemporary. He is currently the Musical Director of J26 Sinfonietta in Derbyshire and his own ensemble, The Mat Davis Orchestra.

Becky Pepper - Brass
Jane Bevan - Flute