Frequently Asked Questions

Is it necessary to have an instrument at home in order to learn and have lessons?

In the main, yes. The exceptions are very young childen who might be better starting with pre-piano lessons that require no instrument or if you have regular access to an instrument elsewhere, such as a grandparents, neighbours or a school instrument.

Does it matter if my instrument is a keyboard or digital piano instead of an ordinary acoustic piano?

Not in the early stages of learning, but keyboards and digital pianos vary tremendously and the minimum requirement would be full-size, weighted keys that are touch responsive. If you are thinking of purchasing a keyboard or digital piano it would be worth checking its credentials with me first.

The best instrument to learn on is an acoustic piano and as pupils progress they often begin to discern the differences between a real piano and keyboards and digital pianos, so it's worth bearing in mind that you may need to upgrade your instrument, either to an acoustic piano or a high quality digital piano.

Do I have to take exams?

No. Your lessons are for you to explore what YOU want. If this doesn't include exams that is fine.

What age is the best age for my child to start learning piano?

Every child is different. Some start as young as 4 , but usually this age group is better off with pre-piano lessons initially. This gives them a solid musical grounding for learning the piano or indeed any other musical instrument.

If a child does begin formal piano lessons very young I ask parents to stay in the lesson and actively take part with their child so that they can help supervise practice at home.

Will my child/I have any opportunities to perform?

I hold informal concerts at least once a year, and there will also opportunities to take part in local events.

I also have offer a variety of group lessons or informal gatherings when pupils can play to one another or a small group of family and friends.