Worthing
Music
Teachers

Need a music teacher? Our lively practice has over 90 students a week of all ages and abilities. We have two dedicated music studios and a waiting room in Worthing where parents can wait and observe the lessons if they wish to.

Meet the teachers

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Suzanne Long

GLCM Hons, LLCM TD, ACLM
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Keith Long

LLCM TD, ALCM
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Katie Long

Higher Ed.Dip Grade 8 Distinction

Instruments

We believe in offering our students the best musical education, with patient and friendly lessons for a range of instruments. We utilise our experience in classical, jazz and other popular styles to give our students a broad knowledge, making sure that learning is fun and progressive

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Piano

Piano

Teacher - Suzanne Long

I have been teaching the piano for over 20 years after studying at the London College of Music. I teach children from 5 through to adults.

What you will learn

My piano lessons are very flexible to suit all styles of playing and ages. I teach all students to read music as it is the easiest way to learn. Piano tuition will include music theory as it is an integral part of each lesson.

Exams

Many Parents find that exams provide a useful goal to aim for and as such provide a great incentive to encourage practice. However, most of my adult students choose not to take exams and to play purely for their own enjoyment. Theory exams are an option if you decide to study for them

What type of piano is needed?

A keyboard is sufficient to start piano lessons with, but a digital or acoustic piano will be needed to take exams. If you haven't already got a piano, please phone for advice on hiring or buying one.

Practice

The amount of time that you dedicate to practice each week is entirely up to you. The more you practise, the faster you will progress.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Suzanne

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Flute

Flute

Teacher - Suzanne Long

I have been teaching flute lessons for over 20 years after studying at the London College of Music. Since I was a child I have enjoyed playing in orchestras and wind bands, and I encourage all of my students to join ensembles.

Flute lessons

My flute pupils range from age 7 through to adults. Some younger children begin on the recorder until they are big enough to hold and blow a flute. Children can start the recorder from the age of 5.

My flute lessons include playing along with sound tracks, playing along with piano accompaniment and duets. Scales and exercises will be given to help develop your breathing and finger technique. You will be taught to read music step by step. As you learn to play each note on the flute you will learn to read it. General musicianship skills are taught including theory to help you understand the music fully.

If you do not already own a flute, please phone for advice on purchasing or hiring one.

How much you practise is up to you. The more you blow your flute the quicker the sound will develop. A few minutes spent playing your flute each day is better than an hour of practice just before your lesson.

Please phone with any questions you have. We look forward to hearing from you soon,

Suzanne

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Guitar

Guitar

Teacher - Keith Long

Welcome to my guitar lessons page. I studied at the London College of Music for 3 years and have been teaching now for some 20 plus years. I am still getting just as much fun and enjoyment out of it as I ever have, so I hope I can pass at least some of that enthusiasm on to you.

Guitar lessons

There are nylon and steel string acoustic guitars, as well as many types of electric guitar. All types are fine for getting started on. Your choice may be influenced by the style of music you like to play. You may eventually play all styles or specialise in one. For younger children, a nylon string guitar is a good choice. They are inexpensive and come in a range of sizes enabling guitar tuition for all ages.

How will I learn?

Even in your first lesson you will go home playing a simple tune using just one or two strings, younger children may just play attractive tunes on open strings using just one hand. You will learn how to hold your instrument correctly. You will soon be playing along with backing tracks. As you learn each new note you will learn how to read it on the music sheet, as playing the instrument and reading music go hand in hand.

You will also learn how to read tab, an even simpler form of music notation, (many guitar books contain both). You will learn tunes in classical, popular and jazzy style; some students also chose to learn the art of improvisation.

Exams in all the major exam boards can be taken. Check out our exam page. Some younger students find this gives their practice a sense of purpose and an added drive. Others just like to measure their progress while some find the simple joy of playing an instrument enough.

Many students go on to join or form pop bands, guitar is also often called for in the rhythm section of wind bands, big bands, and the orchestras for plays and musicals.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Keith

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Saxophone

Saxophone

Teacher - Keith Long

I have been teaching saxophone lessons now for some 20 plus years and am still getting just as much fun and enjoyment out of it as I ever have so I hope I can pass at least some of that enthusiasm on to you. I hope to help you on your way to learning a new instrument or progressing further on an instrument that you already play whatever your age or experience.

I studied at the London College of Music gaining an Associate and a Licentiate Teaching Diploma. Amongst other things I performed in the LCM Big Band as 2nd Alto Saxophone in my first year and as Lead Alto Saxophone in my 2nd and 3rd years there.

I was privileged to study clarinet with Wilfred Goddard, a musician who performed in many major London Orchestras and venues and Saxophone with Barry Robinson Lead Alto Saxophone with the BBC Radio Orchestra and BBC Radio Big Band. This has given me an education in a wide spectrum of musical styles.

Saxophone lessons

The alto and the tenor saxophones are good instruments for beginners to start on. Younger children often start on the alto saxophone as it is smaller and lighter, and is also the cheaper of the two. Both instruments are good if you want to play in wind bands, school orchestras, pop bands etc. or take exams.

There are many good quality student instruments to choose from, some of the best names being Jupiter, Trevor James and Yamaha. Beware of cheaper models that can be out of tune and not very robust but there are cheaper models, even plastic ones that do very well. Contact me for more advice.

Saxophone tuition for younger children

The Trevor James Alphasax is specially designed to be lighter to hold and has key work designed for small hands. The vibrato A1 Polycarbonate (plastic) alto saxophone is a good choice if you have big enough hands but are still finding a regular saxophone too heavy.

How will I learn?

I aim to get you playing something in your first lesson. Other basics you will also learn are:

  • How to handle your instrument so as not to damage it
  • How to put the instrument together in order to make it as easy as possible tp play and comfortable to play
  • I also teach you to care for, prepare and fit a reed

Students are soon playing along to backing tracks and playing duets along with me, probably even in your first lesson. As you learn each new note you will learn how to read it on the music, playing the instrument and reading music go hand in hand. You will learn tunes in classical popular and jazzy style; some students also chose to learn the art of improvisation.

Exams in all the major exam boards can be taken. Check out our exams page.

Some younger students find this gives their practice a sense of purpose and an added drive. Others just like to measure their progress while some find the simple joy of playing an instrument enough. Many children and adults that I teach go on to join wind bands and orchestras; some have continued their musical studies at college or university.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Keith

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Clarinet

Clarinet

Teacher - Keith Long

Welcome to my clarinet lessons page. I have been teaching now for some 20 plus years and am still getting just as much fun and enjoyment out of it as I ever have so I hope I can pass at least some of that enthusiasm on to you.
I hope to help you on your way to learning a new instrument or progressing further on an instrument that you already play whatever your age or experience.

I studied at the London College of Music gaining an Associate and a Licentiate Teaching Diploma. Amongst other things I performed in the LCM Big Band as 2nd Alto Saxophone in my first year and as Lead Alto Saxophone in my 2nd and 3rd years there.

Clarinet lessons

Adults and children large enough should start on a Bb clarinet. This is the standard size instrument. Most solo music is written for this instrument and it is the instrument you need if you intend performing with wind bands or orchestras or if you intend taking exams. Most musical instrument shops will sell Bb clarinets. There are many models but some of the best to begin on are the Yamaha YCL 255 and the Buffet B12. There are cheaper models but beware! Speak to me first before purchasing.

Clarinet lessons for small children

Do you have a child that is too small for a standard clarinet?

Don’t despair, there is the Nuvo Clarineo.
It is smaller and much lighter than the standard clarinet, also much cheaper and it is possible to take up to grade 3 on this instrument.

How will I learn?

I aim to get you playing something in your first clarinet lesson. Other basics you will also learn are:

How to handle your instrument so as not to damage it as well as how to put the instrument together in order to make it as easy as possible to play and comfortable to play. I also teach you how to care for, prepare and fit a reed.

Students are soon playing along to backing tracks and playing duets along with me, probably even in your first lesson. As you learn each new note you will learn how to read it on the music - playing the instrument and reading music go hand in hand.
You will learn tunes in classical, popular and jazzy style; some students also chose to learn the art of improvisation.

Exams in all the major exam boards can be taken - check out our exam page.

Some younger students find this gives their practice a sense of purpose and an added drive. Others just like to measure their progress while some find the simple joy of playing an instrument enough. Many children and adults that I teach go on to join wind bands and orchestras; some have continued their musical studies at college or university.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Keith

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Violin

Violin

Teacher - Katie Long

Violins are becoming increasingly popular and are seen a lot more in modern music as artists begin to express themselves in different ways. Learning to play the violin used to be just about classical music, but is now being seen as a more universal instrument.

Of course, we will teach you the roots of violin music but have the necessary experience and expertise to be able to teach you to different styles of music which makes our lessons, and the learning process, a lot more fun and engaging.

What we will teach you

The violin is a beautiful instrument once you learn to play it. You will learn the necessary techniques and how to read and write music across a range of styles, and how to prepare for rehearsals, exams and auditions.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Katie

Why choose us?

Our wealth of knowledge and experience in musical education allows us to help our students with both music theory and practical exams. Auditioning for music school or college? Let us help with audition material and rehearsal. Our flexible timetable allows us to cater for all students, tailoring our teaching to suit your requirements.

I recommend Keith Long for guitar lessons

My child has been having guitar lessons from Keith for a few years and I definitely recommend him as a teacher. He's very patient and methodical and it's a good, thorough grounding in guitar. My child always enjoys the lessons.

Exceptional Violin Teacher

Katie has been a most inspirational person and violin teacher for my daughter for the last ten years. She has taught her at the beginning from the age of 8 years, taking her through the grades up to Grade 6, and she has now completed RSL Music at College. Katie is very personable and has certainly instilled a love of the violin by her gentle and patient approach to teaching. I can highly recommend her.

Violin lessons with Katie

I'm an adult learner, I had always wanted to play violin and began learning with Katie after she was recommended to me. I was so nervous at first, as I started completely from scratch, but I needn't have worried. Katie is lovely and friendly and patient, and makes every lesson fun. She is an excellent teacher and plays violin so beautifully it inspires you to want to develop your own playing skills and if you do, I'd thoroughly recommend Katie as an excellent violin instructor. I am really pleased with my progress in just eight months of lessons and most importantly, I enjoy it so much! After wanting to play the instrument for so long, and not doing anything about it, it was the best decision I made last year!

Alto Saxophone Lessons

I was an absolute beginner. Keith is calm, encouraging, informative and has brought me on to be able to read music and be able to recognise tunes. If you are looking for tutor look no further, I would highly recommended him.

Clarinet, Piano & Music Theory Lessons

Keith and Suzanne are amazing music teachers. My daughter has been having lessons with them since about age 7. Apart from giving excellent lessons they involve the parents and children every step of the way. If a child doesn't feel ready to take an exam they won't force them into it. If a child starts to lose interest (which does happen) they have little tricks that get the interest right back. I have been recommending The Longs for years, I'm so pleased we found them.

Katie's Musical Lessons

Katie has a very good teaching method and understanding that makes lessons fun and enjoyable this enables her to get the best out of children who respond and flourish in this friendly environment. My Granddaughter is currently having professional lessons and is now reading and playing music I would recommend Katie without hesitation to any prospective parent who maybe considering violin lessons for their child

Kind and experienced teacher

My daughter has been learning the violin with Katie for several years and she loves her lessons. Katie is excellent at choosing pieces that she knows my daughter will enjoy and they especially like to play duets together. Katie is always kind and positive and helps to encourage her students to experience a wide range of musical styles.

Alto Sax Tuition

Have just completed 5 years studying alto sax with Keith. He has coached me from a zero level to now being able to sight-read formal and complex exercises and also improvise jazz phrases. He moves the degree of difficulty gently forward at a rate well suited to my abilities and is extremely thorough with rhythm, sight-reading, technique and music theory. I will be continuing with his tuition for the foreseeable future. Highly recommended.

Fantastic violin teacher, highly recommend lessons with Katie

Katie is a fantastic teacher. Both myself and my son (6 years old) have lessons with Katie. So enjoyable, my son has just started learning to play and I’m re-learning after many years of not playing. We both love our lessons and look forward to it each week. Katie has a great balance of teaching and making each lesson fun. Would highly recommend violin lessons with Katie, we think she is amazing!

The most flexible and fun music lessons around

Whether you are picking up an instrument for the first time, or you want to improve your playing, we have the experience to help you. Every pupil is treated as an individual, so that you can progress at a pace that suits you, based around the music you want to play.

Exam Information

Exam boards covered:

ABRSM -Trinity Guildhall - London College of Music - Rock School - Trinity Pop & Rock

Classical Exams

We offer tuition for saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano, violin, guitar and theory exams.

Jazz exams

We offer tuition for clarinet and saxophone.

Rock School exams

We offer guitar tuition.

Exam boards

Most exam boards offer three sessions of exams each year. How quickly you can proceed through the grades depends on your aptitude and progress, which is usually related to how much you practise.

GCSE and A Levels

We can help to prepare you for the practical element of GCSE and A level exams.

Auditions and scholarships

We can help prepare you for university and music college auditions, as well as public school scholarship exams.

Festivals and shows

Festivals and shows give you the ability to show what you are capable of, as well give you the opportunity to perform live.

FAQ's

Am I too old to learn an instrument?

I have taught a number of students who took up an instrument in their 70s, and more than a few have gone on to join wind bands etc. Mature students often have more drive and determination and a wealth of life experience that aids learning. The reason to learn an instrument is for fun; we can’t all be virtuosos.

How long does it take to learn a musical instrument?

I am still learning and practising! That’s the great thing about music, you can never get bored of it. But to give you an idea, on average people can achieve a grade a year, and there are 8 grades. The higher ones, of course, can take a little longer.

Why does my clarinet/saxophone squeak?

It could be a fault on your instrument or it could be you. Not having the correct mouth shape or tongue position. Not covering tone holes properly or pressing keys down firmly. Catching keys mistakenly or fingers not moving together can all be causes Also, incorrect instrument set up, wrong posture and breathing will all affect the sound. Nothing that can’t be sorted in two or three lessons or fewer.

What if I can't read music?

Reading music and playing a musical instrument go hand in hand, the one helps the other. You will find yourself reading music in the first lesson. I have never had anyone who does not pick this up. I am quite sure you won’t be the exception.

How much time do I need to practise?

The more you practise the quicker you will progress, but to start with 10 or 15 minutes a day would be good. You can try to build this up to 30 minutes a day but this does not have to be all in one go.
At first three 10 minute practice sessions can often be more beneficial than one half hour. Little and often is the key.

How and what should I practise?

Learning how to practise effectively is all part of the lesson experience no matter what level you are. Most people, when teaching themselves, try to learn too much too fast and at too quick a tempo. Take a step back, relax and it is surprising how much more quickly you can learn.

  • What reed should you use?
  • What do you need to keep your instrument clean and hygienic?
  • What mouthpiece should you buy or is the one that comes with the instrument OK?
  • Get a music stand – essential for good posture
  • Get an instrument stand – not essential but you will practice more if your instrument is out and accessible
  • Get a metronome, it gives you a beat to practise to – even professional musicians use one of these as a practice aid

How to buy an instrument

You could buy one outright but consider hiring one; this will give you a chance to find out if you are going to enjoy the instrument without a too big a financial commitment. Hire schemes will vary, but with most the final purchase price is offset by the cost of the hire.
You can find some good secondhand bargains but be careful. These instruments may need work on them which may cost almost as much as buying a new one!

Get in Touch

Contact us to book a music lesson today!

PHONE

01903 523 288

MOBILE

Keith: 07952 483 397

Suzanne: 07789 858 328

Katie: 07767 820 571

ADDRESS

212 Littlehampton Road,
Durrington, Worthing,
BN13 1QZ

EMAIL

keith.musicteacher@live.co.uk

suzanne.musicteacher@live.co.uk

katie.long2@ntlworld.com

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