A Lesson Overview

Lessons are weekly, and you can choose to have half an hour or an hour.

Hour lesson
£32.00

Half an hour lesson
£16.00

What will I be playing?

Some of my pupils play the piano because they like to have a fun hobby amongst the stresses of every day life. Others are keen to take piano exams and progress through the grades. When you start, we will talk about what you would like to learn and what your aims are, and from that, I can tailor my teaching to your needs and requests.

If you are not sure whether it is for you, then come and have a taster lesson and find out. There is no obligation to sign up.

I provide an invoice every half term or month or you can pay weekly if preferred. (Payment can be with cash, cheque or bacs).

Parents are most welcome to sit in the lesson or to drop off/pick up if preferred. I would always encourage parents to get involved to provide praise and motivation and to be able to support their child when doing practise at home.

It is most helpful if you ensure you are on time to your lesson to make sure we have the allocated time. Please appreciate that I will not be able to over run if you are late.

If you cancel the lesson on the day I am afraid I am not able to refund or reschedule it, but if you let me know in advance, we can reschedule for another day.

Adult Learners

So many adults wish they had learnt to play the piano when they were younger. As an adult its often hard to be a ‘beginner’ at something, whereas children being at the beginning of their education and learning new skills everyday, are more than happy to be a beginner and start something new. Though we all know the expression an old dog cant learn new tricks, from my experience, adults learners have several advantages over children.

To any adult that it is contemplating learning the piano, my best advice is - go for it! There is absolutely no age limit on the pleasure that is making music.

Children

Playing music is recognised by so many scientists as a positive contribution to a child’s  development, developing their:

Children that learn music and also time after time more successful in their academic studies as a result and there is plenty of research on the internet that suggests that children who learn music are generally smarter that those without any musical education “a research team exploring the link between music and intelligence reported that music training is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children’s abstract reasoning skills, the skills necessary for learning math and science.” (Rauscher, F.H., Shaw, G.L., Levine, L.J., Wright, E.L., Dennis, W.R. and Newcomb, R.L. (1997) ‘Music training causes long-term enhancement of preschool children’s spatial-temporal reasoning’, Neurol. Res., 19(1), 2-8.) Learning music also helps children’s confidence to grow as they unlock the door to expressing themselves in a new art form.

Practise

Practise is fundamental to improvement. In my weekly lesson with you, I will do my upmost to provide guidance on how to improve, using a range of studies and programmes. The next step is to apply what you have learnt when practising at home. So many times I will hear a pupil comment on how much more they are enjoying their song because they’ve practised it a lot. They start to feel more confident as their piece becomes easier to play.

I would recommend doing lots of short practises instead of one or two long practises. When sitting down to play, it is important to get the most out of your times. Here are some tips to help you practise your best!

Practise Tips

Exams

For some pupils, the drive to learn songs they know and love is ample motivation to continue to work hard and practise their instrument. For others, the music exams offer a target and recognition of the level they have achieved. Whether you are the first or the second person, I think that both are perfectly valid as they will both push you to develop.

For the pupils that do wish to take exams, I am registered with the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music. The ABRSM exam board assess over 600,000 candidates a year over 90 countries around the world. Their exam syllabuses are eclectic in style and demand a breadth of skills and studies for the candidates. I hold 6 exam sessions a year to give students plenty of choice as to when to take their exam, to ensure they feel prepared and confident.