The College works to ensure the availability of high quality individual organ tuition across the UK.
We support and promote the delivery of teaching through three channels: our own network of accredited teachers; a series of careful selected national and local initiatives and partnerships; and the maintenance of an independent list of College members who offer private lessons.
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Or read on for more information about the different teaching services we offer.
RCO Academy accredited teachers offer one-to-one organ lessons for students of all ages and standards: our regular students are aged 10 to 90, and we accept students without audition at all levels, whether beginner, intermediate or advanced.
With around 20 teachers around the UK, we currently provide one-to-one tuition to nearly 300 students.
We are committed to providing tuition which is as flexible as our students need. Your commitment is only to the individual lesson or event you have booked; we never ask you to commit to a whole term or course of lessons. Every student’s tuition pattern is therefore unique. It may comprise organ classes only, or individual organ lessons, or any combination of the many opportunities we offer.
Students can work towards any objective agreed with their organ teacher, for example a church service, the attainment of a certain standard, fluency with their feet, a concert or an examination.
We offer organ tuition, support and guidance for all forms of examination. To ensure you consistently move towards your personal objectives we carefully monitor your progress with our teachers. Our (completely optional) procedures include a review with your organ teacher, at which you can reflect on and discuss your progress towards your goals, and set further targets for the future. In order to maintain the quality and consistency of our organ teaching, we work to a well-established set of criteria in determining our teaching team.
All RCO Academy accredited teachers have been subject to relevant background checks regarding qualifications and experience, as well as those relevant to child protection and vulnerable adult matters.
Organ students 19 years and under also have the option of committing to our Junior Organists' scheme. Junior organists in the scheme pay 15% less than the adult rate for lessons, up to a maximum of ₤47. Click here for further details on our Junior Organists' Scheme.
Click here if you would like more information on becoming an RCO Academy accredited teacher.
The RCO also maintains a list of its members who offer lessons privately.
Please note that the RCO Register of Teachers is an information service only. The RCO does not perform background checks on those listed, except for RCO qualifications: it does not check child protection or vulnerable adult matters, or in any way verify any claims such as non-RCO qualifications or experience.
As with all such listings and advertisements, potential students are therefore urged to make their own appropriate checks and precautions, such as seeking references and/or booking a trial lesson in the first instance.
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Click here if you would like more information on joining the RCO Register of Teachers.
Praise for RCO Academy accredited teachers:
"I hadn't had a lesson for over a year and until I stumbled on to the RCO site I had no idea where I could find another teacher reasonably locally. It's a great system!"
"I wish I had been taught like this as a youth... it would have made such a difference."
"I always find the lessons challenging, but always interesting and stimulating."