Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in schoolAlbert Einstein
We deliver the best private music lessons to your home in Surrey and the surrounding areas. Guildford Music School was founded by Dennis Ng, who has been a piano teacher to all ages in the area for nearly 20 years. With a proven track record of delivering tuition to all age groups, the school was set up in order to create a wider sense of community amongst students and the teaching philosophy he developed over the years.
We act as an agent with nearly 40 teachers representing us across the county and beyond. We aim to cater for all students needs and any specific requirements – please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you and help you however we can.
30th July 2020:
We are pleased to be able to continue offering online lessons with a discount of £5 (compared to home visits). Around half of our teachers have returned to face-to-face lessons and we are more than happy to continue accommodating with online lessons where preferred.
Click for further information on our current coronavirus policy
Areas Covered Include:
Guildford | Woking | Weybridge | Cobham | Farnham | Haslemere |Hindhead | Leatherhead | Esher | Walton | Surbiton | Farnborough | Aldershot | Reigate | Redhill | Alton | Dorking
We operate a waiting list where we currently don't have availability for lessons to start immediately
Virtual Concert 2019
18 students took part in our 4th annual virtual concert on 28th May 2019. Watch the fruits of their many hours of practice and preparation here!Click here to view the full performance
Featured Student: Taylor Raine
Our core philosophy is to set students up to enjoy playing piano for life, whether it is classical or contemporary music they enjoy. Every student learns differently and as such requires a different approach to learning and we take a modern, forward-thinking approach where open communication between the teacher and the student is of the greatest importance.
In addition to standard term-time lessons, the majority of our teachers offer tuition during the holidays. Our aim is to push standards of achievement as high as possible and we think that the school holidays provide valuable extra time to progress. (This is especially important across the long summer holiday!)
We run three concerts each year to offer students
exciting performance opportunities. Our unique virtual concert in the summer gives you a wonderful memento to keep and share with family and friends.
The beautiful thing about learning is that nothing can take it from youB.B. King
Although we aim to deliver the best learning experience, we keep our prices competitive. The prices include the cost of the tutor visiting you. For school students, this can be invaluable in terms of students not taking time out of school lessons and falling behind in curricular lessons.
For more information about the many advantages of learning to play with the Guildford Piano School, please see the section below, ‘Why Learn With GPS?’
Adult learners are very welcome at GMS and we have a significant number of students who have either begun to learn with us or who have returned to us having had lessons when younger. Many people have a fear that they will ‘not be good enough’ at music but we have specialist teachers with an excellent record for success with adult learners. Playing piano is a perfect retirement activity!
Even today, I dare not say that I have reached a state of achievement. I’m still learning, for learning is boundless.Bruce Lee
Our strength lies in our tutors, who are passionate about teaching – and in order to help us cater for all student types, our types of teachers is accordingly diverse. We actively support our staff to undergo continued professional development where required. All of our tutors are DBS checked.
Recent Exam Succeses
We have dozens of students enter for exams each term - here are a select few with their well-deserved certificates!
Edward: Grade 5 Piano
Elle: Grade 2 Electronic Keyboard (Distinction)
Antony: Grade 6 Electric Guitar
£23.00Per Lesson£138 per average 6-week half term
Suitable for younger students and those testing the waters!
£32.00Per Lesson£192.00 per average 6-week half term
Suitable for younger students wanting to accelerate their progress – or this is our recommended length for adult beginners
£41.00Per Lesson£246 per average 6-week half term
Suitable for students wanting to maximise their progress or include improvisation or theory into their lessons
We keep our prices competitive
Fees above are for lessons in your home
Online lessons receive a £5 discount per lesson
Pricing GuideLesson cost includes cost of tutor visiting your home
We calculate total lesson cost as £18.00 per 30 minutes plus £5 travel fee. We reserve the right to increase the travel fee if the distance to your residence is farther than expected
Lessons take place weekly and are to be paid in advance for each half-term (usually 6 weeks)
24-hour notice is required to cancel a lesson. If the lesson cannot be rescheduled, you will be charged
6 weeks are required for notice of discontinuation of lessons
Exam costs, books and other required materials are not included in the lesson cost
We will be able to advise on the recommended lesson duration – all students are different!
Discounts available for multiple lessons at the same household in the same session, please enquire!
The next fee review will take place in September 2020
More about the founder: Dennis Ng studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge before embarking on a musical career which has seen him perform on stages from Glastonbury to Beijing. He has a love of maths and possesses actuarial qualifications.
He currently teaches at Heathside School (Weybridge) and Lanesborough School (Guildford). He is a cat person but now owns a dog