Questions about piano lessons

Here are answers to some of the questions I’m asked most often by beginners and parents. If you have a question I haven’t included, please contact me by phone or visit the contact page

What sort of music do you teach?

I specialise in teaching classical music but support and encourage all styles. Every lesson is tailored to the individual student’s aptitude and needs. My own musical tastes are many and varied, and I enjoy supporting students in discovering the music that best suits them.

Can I learn about music theory?

Music theory is usually incorporated into lessons but you can study theory as a separate subject if you wish.

How much should I practice between lessons?

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How can I help my child's progress?

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What levels do you teach?

I teach all levels from complete beginners to advanced piano students.

I’m an adult beginner. Is it too late to start piano lessons?

No, you are never too old to enjoy learning how to play the piano; adult beginners are very welcome.

How long is each lesson, and how often?

Beginners usually have a half-hour lesson once a week, more advanced students need up to an hour a week.

Do I need to purchase a piano before I can begin lessons?

Which instrument should I purchase?

I own an electronic keyboard. Can I use this for piano practice?

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What ages do you teach?

Anyone who is at least 4 years old - there is no upper limit!

What is the ideal age for a child to start learning the piano?

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How many lessons must I commit to?

I recommend an initial consultation lesson, which is absolutely free, as I think it's important to meet face-to-face before making any commitments.

In the student-teacher relationship, some chemistries work better than others, and the chemistry can make or break the learning dynamic.

It's important to meet so we can ask each other questions and decide whether or not we wish to work together. I need to take time to understand exactly what it is you want from lessons, your experience (if any) and the sort of music you'd like to play.

The more open you are about your expectations and interests, the more useful the consultation will be.

Don't feel obliged to make an on-the-spot decision. You may need to make more than one approach before you can decide.

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