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.

We are currently offering tuition in guitar (acoustic and electric), bass guitar, clarinet, violin, viola and flute. There are currently no slots available in piano, saxophone or brass, but you are welcome to fill out the enquiry form and join the waiting list. We do not currently have any slots available for singing tuition, and the waiting list is full.

If you're interested in tuition, please read the Essential Information on this page then fill out the form below. Please allow up to a week for a response after first making contact. If you're interested in an instrument we do not offer you are welcome to make contact by email and we will do our best to help: 

Please note that our tutors have limited capacity and once this is full they will not be able to take any further bookings. Places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. 

Music tuition - Enquiry form

Essential Information

What Instruments do you offer tuition in?

We offer tuition on the following instruments:

  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Guitar (electric, acoustic and bass)
  • Woodwind (inc. saxophone)
  • Voice (i.e. singing)

Please note that there are currently no slots available for piano, brass, saxophone or singing tuition, though you can join a waiting list for piano by filling in the enquiry form. New bookings will be opened in late September/early October.

We are in the process of recruiting a new flute tutor and will open enquiries for flute in late September/early October 2023.

If there's an instrument you're keen to receive tuition on which isn't featured above, please get in touch:

Can I have tuition?

Tuition is open to all Loughborough University students and staff members (including Imago staff). 

When and where does tuition take place?

When: Different tutors work at Loughborough on different days and at different times and will work to find a day and time that works for both of you. On rare occasions this may not be possible, but they'll always do their best!

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). Your tutor will confirm the precise location with you on booking.

We can offer online tuition if required due to access needs, and may be able to offer it in other circumstances. You will be asked about this when filling in the Expression of Interest form prior to booking.

Access information about the rooms can be found here.


What does tuition cost?

Tuition costs £25 an hour for students and £30 an hour for staff. At the beginning of the academic year you will need to sign up for an initial block of 8 hours, after which you can top-up at 2 hours a time. These rates are subsidised, but sadly we're not able to cover all of the costs.

I have specific accessibility needs: can you meet them?

We'll do all we can to meet any accsessibility needs. This could include providing large print scores; scheduling lessons at a particular time of day; or providing online tuition as standard or when required. Please outline what you need in answer to the accessibilty question on the Expression of Interest form.

Do I need my own instrument?

Unless you're taking singing or piano lessons you will need to bring your own instrument with you. If you're playing electric guitar, please discuss with our tutor what additional equipment you'll need to bring.

If you don't have an instrument or don't have one with you but would really like lessons please flag this up on the Expression of Interest form. Occasionally our tutors are able to loan instruments, but there may be a charge for this.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is tuition open to people of all abilities?

Yes! You might be a complete beginner or have years of experience and qualifications: our tutors will be able to adapt to your ability. They'll discuss what you'd like to learn or develop and build an appropriate programme for you. You don't even need to be able to read music.

What styles of music are covered?

Our tutors will be happy to teach any and all styles of music. They may be more experienced in one or another, but will be happy to give anything a go! If you have any particular ideas or goals, please include them when filling in the Expression of Interest form.

How do I book tuition?

Before booking you'll need to fill in a quick enquiry form which will be live soon. This gives the relevant tutor some information about what you're looking for. They'll get in touch to arrange a suitable day and time for your tuition and, once that's confirmed, share the payment link with you.

Do I need to be a MusicVIP member?

You'll need to join MusicVIP to take lessons as it will enable you to access our music practice rooms. There's no charge to do so. Please click here to find out more and sign up.

How long are lessons?

Lessons are paid for in bundles of 8 or 2 hours. Our tutor will talk with you to decide how these are divided up: your lesson may be an hour, half an hour or forty minutes. 

Is there somewhere I can store my instrument?

A storage cupboard is available near the practice rooms in Martin Hall. If you would like to be granted access so you can store an instrument please email, though this won't be immediate. Please note that other students and staff members will have access to the cupboard and we cannot be held liable for any loss or damage of instruments or equipment.

What if I can't make a lesson?

If you're unable to attend a lesson, please let your tutor know as soon as possible. Provided you give more than 24 hours' notice the lesson will not be deducted from those you have paid for. Except in case of illness, lessons cancelled at less than 24 hours' notice will be deducted from those you have paid for.

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: Alex Bowen

Alex Bowen has been teaching piano, music theory, song-writing/composition and musicianship since 2002, with pupils aged 4 – 75 from beginner to Grade 8 standard. She's experienced in teaching those with specific learning requirements and conditions such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. She holds a First Class honours degree in Music from the Open University and holds the ACTL Diploma in Piano Performance, the Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and a Dip. ABRSM in Principles of Piano Teaching. 


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.

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.

Guitar: Ian Crabtree

Ian is an experienced guitar tutor able to teach a wide range of styles and abilities. He has Grade 8 in Classical Guitar and holds a BA in Jazz Studies from Leeds College of Music. He regularly undertakes session and live work in a variety of genres, and is an experienced producer and engineer. Musicians he's performed or recorded with include pioneering jazz trumpeter Eddie Henderson, house producer Roger Sanchez, and The Voice finalist Sally Barker.