Frequently Asked Questions
I hope you find this page useful, but please do drop me a message if you'd like to find out any more information about my tuition. I am more than happy to speak with you and answer any additional questions.
Will I need my own piano at home?
Yes, being able to practice between lessons is vital to enable us to move forwards each week. You may wish to have a handful of lessons before investing in a piano to ensure you are going to enjoy learning, but fairly soon you will need your own.
Will I/my child learn to read musical notation properly?
I teach all pupils to read musical notation and after just a handful of lessons they are able to read a simple piece of music unaided. The aim is for all pupils to eventually be able to pick up a piece of music and play it very comfortably on their own, understanding all of the symbols and markings, without needing a teachers guidance. I also incorporate music theory, composition and aural skills into my lessons, which (along with being really fun!) are essential in order to become an all-round accomplished pianist.
Which examination boards do you enter with?
I enter pupils for practical exams with the London College of Music, and theory exams are taken through the Associated Board (ABRSM). Both are nationally recognised examination boards, and the higher grades contribute towards UCAS points.
Is it OK for me/my child to practice on a keyboard?
Keyboards are cheaper alternatives to pianos and many people prefer to start their younger children on a keyboard just to ensure they are going to have the interest and desire to continue learning long-term. However, keyboards do not have fully weighted keys and therefore feel very different to pianos. I advise investing in a full size piano after 6-12 months to prevent the student from being held back by their instrument. The functions of a piano allow for expression to be incorporated in the playing, using different pressures with each finger to create the desired effect, which most keyboards simply cannot replicate.
Is it OK if I pop to the shops while my child has their lesson?
Of course. Be assured I will only let younger pupils leave my sight once I have seen that you are outside to pick them up. Please return in time for the end of your child's lesson to save any disruption to the following students' lesson. Thank you