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From 1 August 2016 our fees will be charged at 13.00 per hour  and we will ask you to pay for 10 lessons in advance.
This can be by cheque, cash or an online payment. We do not accept credit or debit cards. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions.

All our lessons are taught in groups, typically of 6-8 pupils. This is because our courses are designed to be taught in groups. We do not use headphones and pupils are busy for the full hour. There are certainly many places that do use headphones and the contact time between teacher and student is usually around 5 minutes in every hour, for which you can pay anything up to 16. This allows teachers to take pupils of very different standards at the same time. You are effectively 'paying to practise' in these circumstances. Something we consider to be extremely unfair.

Our courses for younger pupils do not involve any of the more complicated 'colour scheme playing' and are musically robust in every respect.

For beginners we offer a free taster lesson which lasts around 30 minutes, where our unique teaching methods can be experienced  at first hand.

If you already play, we offer a free assessment lasting around 20 minutes and then the opportunity to join an existing class for a free introductory lesson. If the class proves to be unsuitable we will offer you other classes until you feel comfortable with the level.

Every Dawsons teacher undergoes a rigorous training programme with the emphasis on making music really enjoyable for the student no matter what their age or experience.  Our portfolio of courses offers something for every member of the family.

Pupils have the opportunity to take Trinity College London exams and play in concerts up to three times a year.

Exam Fees

Below is a table with exam fees for 1 September 2016 until 31 August 2017

Trinity College London Examination Fees                                                          

Initial 37.50
Grade 1 42.50
Grade 2 47.50
Grade 3 52.50
Grade 4 60.00
Grade 5 67.50
Grade 6 75.00
Grade 7 82.50
Grade 8 95.00

Foundation Certificate   59.00

Intermediate Certificate   78.50

Advanced Certificate  103.00

ATCL Recital   235.00

LTCL Recital 330.00