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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I receive from students and their parents. If you don't find what you're looking for, please contact me. I am always happy to help.

FAQs
  • Do you teach beginners?
    Yes, beginners are welcome! You don’t need to have any prior musical knowledge before starting lessons with me, and if you’ve never even touched an instrument before, that’s absolutely fine. My lessons are designed for all levels of piano playing, from beginner to advanced. I have taught many beginners over the years, and it has been wonderful to watch them progress as musicians and performers.
  • From what age do you teach?
    I teach children and adults, starting from age 8 years old. Music is such a fantastic tool for developing confidence and life-long skills, and you don't need to have any prior musical knowledge before starting lessons with me.
  • How much do lessons cost?
    One-to-one lessons for children (aged 8 to 18 years old) are £16.50 for half an hour. Lessons for adults (over 18 years old) are £18 for half an hour. Group lessons are also available for friends and family members to learn alongside each other, and these cost £14 per person for half an hour (minimum 2 people per class). Lessons can be paid weekly or monthly by bank transfer.
  • How do I pay for online piano lessons?
    Payment is made by bank transfer. You can pay for lessons weekly or a monthly. If paying weekly, I ask for payment to be transferred no later than a day before the lesson is due to take place as this confirms the lesson will be going ahead. I always send the Zoom link the day before as a reminder.
  • How long is an online piano lesson?
    My online piano lessons typically last for half an hour. Within this time, I cover various aspects of piano instruction, such as technique, theory, and practicing songs.
  • How long is a trial lesson?
    I offer a free short sample lesson on Zoom for new students which will last up to around 15 minutes. This is a good opportunity for us to meet each other, test your connection, and see how I can help you moving forward.
  • What happens if I need to cancel a lesson?
    I understand that sometimes important things arise that are unavoidable, and I do not charge for cancellations if I have been given reasonable notice (24 hours). This is to ensure that I am not left out of pocket due to my lost time, as I could have booked another student in to take the free slot had I been given sufficient notice. ​ If you do not show up for the arranged lesson and haven't let me know that you are unable to attend, I will need to charge for the missed lesson. Exceptions may be made in cases of genuine emergencies.
  • How and where do lessons take place?
    All lessons take place online using Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp or Skype. You can use any device you want to - a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC all work well!
  • Do I need any special equipment?
    No, you don't! All that's needed is a keyboard or piano, a stable internet connection, and a device that's able to run Zoom (a smartphone, tablet or computer).
  • Do you teach intermediate and advanced piano students?
    Absolutely! I am delighted to teach both intermediate and advanced piano students. My teaching approach is tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of each student, regardless of their skill level. Whether you are looking to refine your technique, delve into more complex repertoire, or simply play for enjoyment, I am here to guide and support you on your musical journey.
  • Do I need a real, full-size piano?
    No! You can learn how to play on a smaller electric keyboard, if space or budget is an issue. However, if you are looking to start playing more seriously, or sit digital exams, a full size (88 key) electric piano with weighted keys, or a real piano, are required. Weighted keys allow you to play loud and soft sections, which greatly enhance your playing technique and overall learning experience. They are also excellent for building up finger strength, bringing you much closer to the feel and sound of a real acoustic piano.
  • If I sit a digital piano exam and pass, will I get a certificate?
    Yes, each successful candidate will receive an official digital certificate recognising their achievement.
  • Do you take students worldwide?
    At present, I am only accepting new students based in the UK.
  • Are online music lessons better than YouTube tutorials?
    There is no substitute for real-time teaching on a one-to-one basis. As helpful as YouTube tutorials can be, you may pick up bad habits or do things incorrectly when following tutorial videos, and there is nobody there to correct you. A teacher who can give students live feedback as a mistake is being made, provide encouragement and constructive suggestions in real-time is invaluable. Taking online classes is an extremely effective and enjoyable way to learn new skills. Since Covid-19, I moved all of my in-person lessons online and have been successfully giving virtual music lessons for over two and a half years. Many of my students have also taken digital music examinations during this time and have all achieved excellent results.
  • Do you sell gift vouchers for lessons?
    I do! Gift vouchers for online piano lessons are a great idea for a birthday or Christmas present. Please get in touch if you would like more information about purchasing a gift voucher.
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"Music is therapy. Music moves people. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heartstrings. It acts as medicine."

- MACKLEMORE

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