Askew Music School


Professional classes in Classical, Folk and Jazz


The Askew Music School in Salisbury was established to provide outstanding high quality music lessons and classes.

We enthuse adults, children and babies about the joys of music and playing a musical instrument.

Our teachers are all professional musicians with passion for music education and a wealth of experience teaching all ages and abilities. We have expertise in a variety of genres and instruments with leading professionals in classical, folk, rock and pop music.

We specifically tailor lessons to your needs - whether you want to play as a hobby, aim for grades or pursue performing. We understand that people have busy lives and can help you achieve whether you can practice for 10mins or an hour a day.

We offer in person and online lessons; tuition can take place at our base in Salisbury, or we can travel to yours (for a small extra charge per lesson).

Lessons are fun while educating you with the skills and techniques to help you develop as a musician.



We are now taking reservations for our baby and toddler music classes! Our classes use a mixture of singing, percussion, actions and dancing with backing tracks and real live instruments - which over the term will include violin, viola, cello, bagpipes, recorder, flute, whistle, shawm, hurry curdy, bouzouki, ukulele, guitar, harp and accordion!

Dennis Marsh House, Westminster Road, Salisbury SP2 7DG

9.30am   mixed ages
10.10am   0 - 18 months

£7.50 per class (£6 per class if sign up for the half term) to book or for more information


December 28th 2022    3-4pm
Feb 5th 2023    3-4pm
March 5th 2023    3-4pm
April 2nd 2023    3-4pm
Dennis Marsh House, Westminster Rd, SP2 7DG
£5 her adult £3 per child over 1yrs

Email to book tickets



10am - Beginners Folk Fiddle

A course providing an introduction to folk violin/fiddle


4pm - Folk tunes in unusual time signatures

A session open to all instrumentalists exploring folk tunes from around the world with unusual time signatures.

£12 per session or £10 per class if you sign up to a whole half term.
If you have any questions or are interested in signing up, please email


We provide baby music classes for small groups. Individual instrumental lessons start from 4 upwards (our oldest student at the moment is in his 70s) and provide lessons for all abilities from beginner to advanced.


The Askew Music School is very experienced in putting students through exams - with a 100% pass rate!


We also provide performing opportunities in the form of student recitals. Lessons can take place at our location in Salisbury, or at students' houses.

Instrumental Lessons

We offer lessons in

  • Piano
  • Violin/Fiddle
  • Cello
  • Singing
  • Recorder
  • Bagpipes
  • Whistle

Aural & Theory Classes

'Music Theory' and 'Aural' are important skills to develop when studying and playing music. We offer individual and group classes at our location in Salisbury.

Folk Music

We offer individual lessons in

  • Folk Fiddle
  • Concertina
  • Whistle
  • Singing
  • Bagpipes

Baby Music Classes

We offer baby music classes from 6wks to toddlers. Currently you can book us privately to offer classes in your garden (until lockdown ends) for groups of parents and babies.

Tutors: Emily Askew

Emily studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she graduated with a first class BMus Honours degree as well as receiving a concert recital diploma.

She is a Folk and Early Music specialist playing a range of instruments including piano, violin, bagpipes, recorders, hurdy gurdy and shawm.

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Over the last ten years she has led music workshops for both children and adults in many schools, music centres, festivals and summer schools. These have included Dartington Summer School, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, the Centre for Young Musicians, Spitalfields Festival, Globe Theatre Education and three years of Brighton Early Music Festival workshops for local schools. She also taught Recorder at the Trinity College of Music.

Emily has experience in both primary and secondary sectors through her work for music services and schools. She also received early years music training with Boppin Bunnies and has been taking music classes for babies and toddlers for five years.

Emily is also a professional performer. She plays with a range of ensembles including Alma, The Dufay Collective, Joglaresa the A3 Ceilidh Band and the twice BBC Young Folk Award nominated Askew Sisters. She is a regular theatre and opera musician, which has included positions as principal recorder for operas at Glyndebourne and as a multi-instrumentalist in productions at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, The Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

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Tutors: John Dipper

A respected and established performer, composer and teacher and instrument maker, John grew up steeped in the traditions of Southern England. His unique playing style on fiddle, and his compositions convey a deep understanding and passion for indigenous culture.

John's passion for vernacular music led to his degree dissertation focussing on the interpretation of field recordings, looking at intonation, tuning and expression.

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John has recorded on several films including The Hobbit, and currently performs with the groundbreaking string quartet Methera, in duos with superb singer and guitarist James Patterson and Dave Malkin and the fantastic fiddle band Alma. He also works with renowned storytellers Hugh Lupton and Nick Hennessey.

As an experienced workshop leader and teacher, John's knowledge, experience and enthusiasm combine to make him a much sought after tutor in academic institutions, festivals, music camps and academies.

He has taught at venues and events including the Australian National Festival, Sidmouth Festival, Ashokan, Goldsmiths University and regularly teaches on the Folk Music degree course at Newcastle University and the World Irish Music MA Course at Limerick University.


  Teaching a 4 year-old can be difficult, but Emily is very engaging and manages to ensure that our daughter stays focused for the full 30 minute lesson. The teaching resources she uses are geared to youngsters and Emily makes sure that our daughter revisits what she learned the previous week and then moves on to a new task."

  At the age of 74 I decided to try and learn to read music and play the piano; a long held ambition! I have been very fortunate to find Emily (Askew) to teach me. She is a very gifted musician, with a lovely sparkly personality, which makes every lesson a real pleasure. Her patience, enthusiasm and never ending encouragement means that I look forward to every lesson. It`s great fun!"

  Emily teaches the recorder to my 10 year old son and my 8 year old daughter. She took them on as beginners and having guided through Grades 1 and 2 in less than 2 years, is now preparing them for Grade 3. She is an excellent teacher: kind but firm and very enthusiastic which my children have found infectious. She is always punctual, polite and very flexible in arranging lessons and accompanists for exams. I cannot recommend her highly enough - I found her on the Tutor Pages and she is truly a great find!"

Contact Us

  07986 572 254