My Teaching

Music Lessons

I offer private lessons in piano, ukelele, voice and composition in my home in the Watts Hillandale area.  I am currently teaching adults and young people and really enjoy tailoring my lessons to the interests of the students.  I prepare material for all my lessons and love it when a student is excited about being able to play a new piece or complete a new composition.

Piano is my main teaching and performing instrument and I can accept advanced students as well as beginners.  I am able to send students for the Music Development Program assessment.  However, I am happy to teach students of all ages who simply want to enjoy playing the piano for the first time or again after a break.

In the past, I have taught guitar extensively, having been a player since I was 19, but I am phasing out guitar right now.  I do not have time to practice or prepare materials with so many piano and ukulele students.

Ukelele is an instrument I have recently taken up and I play tenor “uke”.  For me it is great fun, and  for little fingers it is a great way to start on a fretted string instrument. I love to sing songs with my students, both folk and some recent popular songs (with appropriate lyrics!).  I am also playing arrangements now with more advanced students, music such as Pachelbel’s Canon and Bulgarian folk dances!

Voice is also a second instrument and I have had considerable experience in choirs, both singing and conducting as well as some solo work.  I teach technique for obtaining a good clear sound with excellent diction.  I am happy to include both classical, jazz and some popular repertoire in my lessons.

In recent years I have focused on composition and have a number of published works.  I use and teach Finale, the music software program, as well as theory of music and techniques of composition, both in classical music forms and in song-writing.  I have several students who are working on compositions and would welcome students who are interested in this area.

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Contact: Lorna at or at 919-599-9372

I am available to teach adults/retired people/home schoolers during the day before 3 pm.  I do not teach on the weekend or after 7 pm in the evening.

Lessons are generally half an hour although some one hour times are available for advanced students or students learning more than one instrument.

Lessons in composition and lessons in learning Finale are by negotiation.  Students who want to learn Finale would need to have Finale 2018 installed on their home computer or laptop.  I use a mac laptop but I am familiar with PCs and Finale works across both platforms.

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Lorna Collingridge