At what age can my child start learning the piano?
Generally, students start at 5 years old as their attention span is developed by this age. Occasionally I may take younger. Students are assessed by me at a free introductory lesson to see whether they are suitable for piano lessons.
Can parents sit in on their child’s lesson?
Parents of young children are welcome to sit in on the lessons, as this will help with practice at home. I have found that younger children like the interaction of having their parent involved, and this helps to encourage practice at home. I would kindly ask that all questions are left until near the end of lesson.
For older children, experience has shown that they are much more concentrated and focused if they do not have a parent in the lesson (though parents are very much welcome to sit in at first if they wish). The child tends to be more vocal and less worried about making mistakes.
In these circumstances, the parents are welcome to come in for the last five minutes of the lesson, so they can be informed as to what the student has learnt in the lessons, and what is expected they should practice at home.
What will I need to bring?
If a pupil has played before, I ask that they bring repertoire/books they have been learning from, and come prepared to play me a short piece. Once we have discussed/decided what the pupil would like to do, new materials may need to be purchased.
Completely new beginners will be advised at the first lesson, as to what materials need to be purchased.
I ask that all pupils bring a notebook each week, so that homework notes can be given.
Can I have a lesson with a friend/family member?
I do not offer lessons for more than one person, this is to ensure that each student receives effective contact time with me to best aid their learning progression.