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FAQ’s | Michael Clarke Studio

Frequently Asked Questions…

What levels do you teach to?

We teach everyone, from the complete beginner up to and including professional level. Many tutors employed by local education authorities began their tuition here.



Why do you teach evening classes in groups?

Teaching groups has many advantages. Over 35 years in the studio we have honed our teaching practices, and have found that you get the maximum results in the least amount of time when learning in a group. This is down to the interaction you get in groups of closely matched abilities, and the fun of playing with other students.

Besides these advantages, group learning also allows us to keep the cost of tuition as low as possible. Cost of tuition has not increased for over a decade!
Over the years many bands and friendships have formed through meeting and learning together.


Why is the first lesson free?

The first lesson always has been, and always will be free. This allows us to to assess your ability, the styles you like and give you details of what we can offer you, before you pay a penny.

Many students who are currently having lessons elsewhere come to us to compare the facilities, and see what else may be on offer here. We never try to poach students from other studios. That would be unprofessional, and we simply do not need to – WE INNOVATE, OTHERS IMITATE . 

What are your open days?

This has been something we have been doing successfully for many years. A web site or a phone call is no substitute for a visit to the studio and a chat to the tutors to get the full picture of what is on offer here.


Why do I need to pay fees monthly in advance?

As the fees are sorted out one a month, we do not waste any valuable lesson time every week collecting money of everyone in the group. This helps to ensure you get maximum value for money from every session. 

You will be emailed once a month to remind you when a payment is due. Meanwhile you can concentrate on doing what you are there to do, which is to learn! 


Why is the studio so highly specified?

Just take a look at our website to see all the various services on offer, and that question answers itself. If you need it, we’ve got it!



How have you managed to stay in business for so long?

We put you, the student, at the heart of everything we do. The number of recommendations we receive is humbling and immensely gratifying. We feel that students are a part of the studio, as without you, we would just be talking to ourselves! It is amazing to think that in 2020 it will have been 37 years since we first opened our doors. The tutors are doing something they love, and watching people achieve what they never dreamed they could is massively satisfying.