These are some of the most frequently asked questions by prospective piano students and their parents. If you have any other questions for me, please feel free to get in touch!
Where Are Lessons Held?
Lessons are held in my own home studio in North Epping, NSW, Australia.
Do I Need A Piano At Home?
You definitely need some kind of a practice instrument. Acoustic pianos are always best, but a keyboard can suffice for the beginning stages.
How Much Practice Is Necessary?
This depends on the level and age of the student, and how fast they want to progress. The most important thing is that our agreed-upon goals/weekly assignments are completed.
You can look at practice from an x minutes per day perspective (below):
- Preschoolers: 5-10 minutes a day
- Young students and beginners: 10-15 minutes a day
- Elementary students: 15-30 minutes a day
- Intermediate students: 30-45 minutes a day
- Advanced students: 45-60 minutes a day
Another handy guideline is that students should practice for three times their age. So a 5 year old would practice for 15 minutes and a 10 year old would practice for 30 minutes a day.
Alternatively, students can practice so that they reach our agreed-upon goals/lesson assignments — if that takes one devoted session, they’re done. If it takes practicing every day, then so be it. The point here is quality and success of practice – not quantity.
For more information on this read The Practice Revolution by Philip Johnston
What Books Do I Need And Where Do I Get Them?
I can order the music for you or if you prefer to get it yourself I can give you the details of the books.
I use lots of different books and methods to suit different learning styles but some of my most commonly used series include Wunderkeys, My First Piano Adventures, Piano Safari and Tales of a Musical Journey. I’m constantly researching new materials and expanding my library so I can find the music that inspires each and every student.
Do You Teach Adults?
Absolutely! Adults of any level are extremely welcome.
What’s The Youngest Age Student You Will Teach?
I teach students as young as three and a half. With three and four year olds we always start with a month’s trial so we can assess readiness. Read about these programs here.
Do Your Students Have Opportunities To Perform?
Yes! Getting to share music with others is one of the best parts of learning to play an instrument!
I hold one to two concerts every year, which all students are welcome to perform in. Shy students are welcome to just come and watch, I’ll never push a student to perform if they don’t want to.
Do Your Students Do Exams?
Students are welcome to take exams, but it’s not a requirement. I normally use the Australian Music Examinations Board exams, but if you wish to use a different exam board (e.g. ABRSM or ANZCA) that’s no problem at all.
Do You Offer Group Lessons?
Yes – we offer Successful Group Piano Lessons
What Type Of Music Can I Learn?
I teach any and all genre’s of music that a student wants to learn. Nothing is out of the question!
Although some classical music is generally necessary for good progress to be made, you are by no means limited to classical. My students learn pop, jazz, blues, punk, rock, if the student loves the music that’s all that matters to me.
How Can I Pay My Tuition?
You can pay tuition by the term as a bank transfer.