Study with me!  

Fancy learning the flute (or Irish whistle), from the comfort of your own home, with a professional flutist? Well, you're in luck; welcome to the Gareth Houston | Private Music Studio!

 The love of teaching is why I launched my studio, and I believe it should be accessible to everyone. So, if you live in Cologne, happy days, you can come to my in-person studio! However, if you don't, my virtual studio means you can study withe me from anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection and a desire to learn.

I'm also available to travel to student's houses in the Cologne area, or you have a mixture of in-person and online lessons!

Just below here there's a video introducing the studio, and if you scroll down you'll also find it in French! Also down there are some pictures of the snazzy interior, as well as my philosophy as a teacher. (If you can't be bothered, the first lesson is free, so just fire me a message and book one.)

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My Teaching Philosophy

 Focus, passion, discipline, dedication; these are life-skills, that we also train during music. I see my primary role as a teacher to provide a welcoming, supportive and creative environment to develop all these skills through music, with the goal of making them transferable across our entire lives, not just on our instrument.

Together we’ll set short term targets and long term goals, and achieving these will not only bring musical benefits, but also developments in creativity, work ethic, confidence and self-esteem. Wether you'd like to perform at a family event or function, or perhaps create beautiful content for your social media, or just experience the joy of creating art, we'll achieve your targets together!

What I offer and prices

My lessons are offered for all ages and standards. This goes form total beginners to experienced performers looking for a new perspective. I also offer lessons in Classical, Pop, Traditional Irish, jazz, blues, rock, latin and various other genres. Scroll down for more information on the lessons I offer, and then get in touch for a bespoke lesson plan suited to your tastes. 

Everything is available either online, or in-person in Cologne. I can also travel to student's houses in the Cologne area, get in touch for more info on that!

 And, I teach in French too, ça vous intéresse.

Lesson prices

Trial Lesson - Free
30 Mins - €25/£25
45 Mins - €32/£32
1 Hour - €40/£40


A 10% discount is applied for pre-purchasing 4 lessons per month.

Prices are for online lessons and lessons at my studio in Cologne, Germany.
Lessons at the student's house in the Cologne region may have a small travel fee.

I have a variety of availabilities for teaching, including mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends. We'll always find a time that works for both of us!

I have full Child Protection and Data Protection policies available on request. 




Teaching and Recording Studio


I am delighted to welcome students, both new and old, to my brand new teaching and recording space in Cologne, Germany. 

This new space boast a full, professional recording set-up, with both a Rode NT1 Condenser Microphone and Shure SM57 Dynamic microphone. The space has sound absorption panels for a curated and beautiful acoustic. Combined with a complete Apple Ecosystem, students can now have high-quality recordings as part of their lessons (at zero charge!).

A high-speed internet connection combined with all this creates a perfect environment for online lessons.

Version française!

Voici la vidéo de présentation de mon nouveau studio en français !
Le site sera bientôt entièrement traduit en français ! Pour l'instant, n'hésitez pas à me contacter si vous avez des questions !

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Lessons Types

Flute 

I offer flute lessons to all ages and standards, from total beginners to applicants for major music conservatories and beyond. My lessons are fully tailored and unique to every student depending on their goals, targets and musical taste. I have a 100% pass rate for students entering the ABRSM examinations if this route interests you. Alternatively, I offer lessons for pure hobbyists, using your favorite music as a vehicle to develop technique and musicality, be it pop, traditional, classical or a mixture. During one of my Trial Lessons, we’ll set out a list of goals and targets together and tailor the methods to get you there. Perhaps you’d like to play a single tune for your family and friends in 3 months, or you want to duet with that musician mate you have? Or make some videos for your social media? Let’s achieve it together. 

ABRSM Music Theory

I also offer lessons in ABRSM Music Theory, especially useful for those who wish to advance to Grade 6 Practical and need Grade 5 Music Theory to do so. I teach either individual or group lessons, all online, from the comfort of your own home.
I also offer intensive Grade 5 courses for those wanting to get it done quick.
All worksheets and materials are included in the lessons. 
I proudly hold a 100% pass record with the ABRSM exams, so you can rest assured you´re in a safe pair of hands.

Book a free consultation lesson with me and we´ll make a plan together that works for you.

Other woodwinds 

As part of my Bachelor degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music, I completed courses in ABRSM woodwind teaching skills. This enabled me to teach recorder, saxophone, clarinet, oboe and bassoon from beginner to ABRSM Grade 5 level. Get in touch for a Trial Lesson and learn more!

Traditional Irish/Celtic Music

Due to a large number of requests, I am delighted to add lessons in Traditional Irish music to my lesson packages. These are specifically aimed at total beginners who want to learn, in a short period of time, to play some Irish/Celtic music. Together we'll look at all the various forms of music including jigs, reels, waltzes, polkas, airs etc as well as the various places they come from. 

These are offered in both tin whistle and flute. Tin whistle provides the added advantage of being a cheap and relatively easy instrument to learn, therefore you'll be playing tunes in no time!

Get in touch to talk about how we'll create a lesson plan suited to you!