Piano Lessons London

FAQs

FAQs

Whether you’re a complete beginner or have been playing for many years, I hope you will enjoy studying with Piano Lessons London.

What sort of music do you teach? 

Tell me what you like, and once the basics have been covered that’s what we’ll play! I support and encourage all styles of music, and every lesson is tailored to you personally. My own tastes are many and varied, so I’m sure we’ll be playing music we both enjoy!

Do you teach beginners?

Absolutely, most of my students have never played piano before their first lesson! We will have you playing in no time, don’t worry!

Why learn with Piano Lessons London?

I believe that children learn best in a fun and varied environment, which is why I like to keep my lessons as entertaining as possible, through the use of playing, drawing, movement, singing and clapping. Lessons don’t have to be spent entirely staring at a piano! I’m also very friendly and approachable, so pupils feel excited about their next lessons, and motivated to practise.

How long will it be before I can play well?

That depends on you. Everyone has musical ability, but learning to play an instrument well requires commitment and you won’t get very far if you don’t practice!

It’s important to practice regularly if you want to learn quickly and feel confident. And as with exercise, it’s much better to do fifteen minutes every other day than two hours at the weekend! Here are my top tips for pain-free, effective practice:

  • Know what needs to be done, and work to a plan;
  • Sometimes play straight through your pieces, returning to the hard bits later;
  • Sometimes begin with the hard bits, practicing small sections thoroughly;
  • What you can’t play slowly, you can’t play quickly;
  • If you get stuck, stop! Come back later, and try again;
  • Don’t practice your mistakes: always establish ‘finger memory’ before moving on;
  • Enjoy what you play, and vary your work by having other, easier pieces to hand;
  • Never practice every day, time away from the piano is important too!

How long is each lesson, and how often? 

Younger learners usually have half an hour’s tuition a week, and adults an hour. If you’re enjoying what you’re doing, the time will fly by!

What ages and levels will you accept?
Children (age 6 and older) and adults, beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels.

How do I know when I or my child is ready to begin piano lessons?
Kids:

  • Can your child count from 1-10 and recognize written numbers?
  • Can your child recite the alphabet and recognize written letters A-G?
  • Is your child beginning to differentiate right from left?
  • Is your child able to focus on one activity and/or sit still for at least 10 minutes at a time?
  • Is your child expressing musicality (humming, singing, dancing, tapping rhythms, etc)?
  • is your child showing interest in music or asking about piano lessons?

Adults:

  • Do you wish to play the piano for fun, recreation or stress relief?
  • Do you wish to improve your piano playing skills?
  • Do you enjoy trying out new things?
  • Are you motivated by the desire to learn and play the piano?
  • Are you looking for a Piano Teacher who will teach you the music you want to play?

Do you charge for travelling, and what areas do you cover?

No, I’ve never charged a fee for travelling to lessons. Most people find it more convenient for me to come to them, and with younger children it’s particularly helpful to work in a familiar environment.

Adult learners sometimes prefer to come to me, and escape the ‘distractions’ of their usual environment. I’m based in London, and teach within a 10 mile radius of home.

Can I Learn on a Keyboard?

If it is a good, “touch-sensitive” keyboard, then to begin with, yes, but later it will become necessary to learn on a piano, so that you are used to the resistance of piano keys, and the extra notes on a piano. Although buying a piano can be a reasonable investment, many stores can rent pianos for a fair price, and second hand pianos can often be bought at a reduced price.

How many lessons must I commit to?

All of our lessons are individually tailored, and taught on a one-to-one basis.

You’ll no doubt have questions that you want to ask me, and I need to take the time to understand exactly what it is you want from your lessons, your experience (if any) and the sort of music that you’d like to play. Much better to do this in person than by telephone, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Beyond that, lessons are arranged in groups of four. Many music teachers work to terms or half terms, but I’ve found that working (approximately) monthly is generally more convenient for people. In the event of cancellations I’m always happy to rearrange lessons, and ask for 48 hours notice.

What time slots do you have free?

That varies, but I’ll be able to give you an up-to-date list of times when arranging your first lesson. With around fifty people to see in any given week, I try to teach in areas each day and to arrange regular weekly appointments. I’m able to be rather more flexible with daytime lessons, as children are usually at school and most adult learners work.

Do you teach complete beginners, and do I need my own instrument?

As with all music teachers, the majority of my new students are beginners. Some have a little musical knowledge, others have none at all. When you find a teacher you like and build a relationship, it’s unusual to change. Of course circumstances do sometimes dictate otherwise, for example because of relocation or retirement.

You will need an instrument to practice on, if you don’t already have one. However, I don’t recommend spending large amounts of money, at least to begin with, and have suggested various options here. Music should be open to everyone to enjoy, and acquiring and learning an instrument should not be prohibitively expensive.

How can I help my child to progress more quickly?

Supporting your child’s musical development can seem daunting, especially if you’ve not played an instrument before yourself. But children have a natural desire to please, and the best way to help them progress quickly is simply to take an interest!

I always welcome parents sitting in on lessons, and encourage them to take an active interest in what we’re doing. Practice can be a lonely occupation, and children thrive on company. So sit with your child while they practice, listen, comment and encourage.

Can I learn about music theory? 

I always teach the rudiments of music theory, and theory work is generally incorporated into lessons as required. You can study theory as a separate subject if you wish, and those who progress to the Grade 6 practical exam will need to have passed their Grade 5 theory exam first. I’m also able to help with GCSE and A Level music.

I already play another instrument. Will learning the piano interfere with that?

Not at all, music is a universal language after all! As long as you have time to practice both instruments, learning to play the piano will benefit all of your musical activities.

What are some advantages of piano lessons?

  • Piano Lessons help develop focus
  • Piano Lessons help raise self-esteem 
  • Piano Lessons help increase coordination 
  • Piano Lessons help develop discipline and perseverance