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 pieces or complete a new composition.  Read some testimonials from my students!

Piano is my main teaching and performing instrument and I can accept advanced students as well as beginners.  I have both acoustic and electronic pianos in my studio.  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.

Guitar is my second instrument and I offer lessons in playing chords, accompanying songs, and reading TABS as well as conventional notation.  I have played guitar since I was 19 and have had professional experience  both performing and teaching since then.  Right now I am phasing out guitar but still have a couple of students.

Ukelele is an instrument I have recently taken up and I play tenor “uke”.  For me it is great fun, and for adults it is an easy way to get to accompany yourself with all kinds of songs.  For little fingers it is a great way to start on a fretted string instrument.

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

Contact: Lorna at or at 919-599-9372

Read my Fees and conditions.

I am available to teach adults/retired people/home schoolers during the day before 3 pm.  I have some times for students after 3.30 on Thursday.

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 2010 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