Frequently Asked 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.
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 around 6 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.
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.
Do you have a separate day job?
No, teaching the piano is my only job, giving me time to plan for the lessons and concentrate entirely on the progress of my pupils.
Shall I come in 5 minutes early?
As I will most likely have another pupil in the studio before your lesson, please wait until your lesson time before knocking to save any disruption to the prior lesson.
Can I sit in on my child's lesson?
Parents are more than welcome to stay during their child's lessons, and it can be handy for the parent to also understand the basics to enable them to help the child practice at home. That being said, some children can be more reserved when with a parent and aren't as willing to share their opinions or ask questions, making it harder for me to know whether or not they really understand the information and to identify any gaps in their knowledge.
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 are essential in order to become an accomplished pianist.
Is there room to park my car outside?
Yes, there is room to park curbside outside my house- please help me keep the neighbours happy by not blocking any driveways.
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.