Piano Lessons in London

 

Piano Lessons in London  -  Questions and Answers

Which levels of learners do you teach? - From complete beginners to including Diploma level.

How long are lessons? - Piano lessons can last anything from half an hour to several hours depending on the age, aims and frequency. I usually recommend that lessons are held either once or twice a week.

Where in London are piano lessons held? - In central and south east London at:

  1.     Steinway Hall in Marylebone (Bond St tube)

  2.     Blüthner Piano Centre in Mayfair (Bond St/Green Park tube)

  3.     The Music Studios in Marylebone (Bond St tube)

  4.     Schott Music London in Soho (Oxford Circus tube)

  5.     in Hither Green and surrounding areas in south east London

Please visit the Location page for maps and further details.

Can I have piano lessons at home? - Yes, depending on your location, age and length of tuition slot. I am based in central and south east London but also travel to give piano tuition. There is one restriction however - home tuition is only for children.

In what languages can piano tuition be given? - I am fluent in English, German and Russian.

At which age can a child start piano lessons? - I believe that an intelligent child can start having lessons when he/she is three years old (in some cases even two) and it is a good idea to start as early as possible. But depending on personal aims and motivation it is never too late to start.

Do you teach adult learners? - Yes

Do you teach music theory? - Yes. Music theory is an important part of instrumental lessons and is integrated into almost every slot.

Do you teach sight reading? - Yes. The ability to sight read is essential as it enables the player to enjoy music on a different level and is the basis of learning to play the piano.

Do you teach aural? - Yes.

Do you prepare for exams? - Yes, I prepare for ABRSM exams and other examination boards  in which pupils receive distinctions.

Do you prepare for competitions? - Yes. My pupils have won a first prize in the national German youth music competition Jugend musiziert, gold medals and other prizes at the Leigh-On-Sea Music Festival, the Maidstone Festival of Music & Drama and the West London Pianoforte Festival and have successfully participated in non-competitive classes  at the Farnham Competitive Music Festival.

Is having a piano necessary? - Depending on the age and goals the answer could be yes or no. At any rate access to a piano is of crucial importance and children should have one at their home. However, buying a piano is rather expensive considering the fact that you might want to have a trial period at the beginning. It is possible to get a piano for free (such sites as www.gumtree.com have sometimes offers of this kind, just keep checking). Apart from this, there are several possibilities such as hiring, hiring with option to buy etc. I have a good knowledge of piano shops in and around London and would be glad to consult you.

Will I have to buy music? - Yes. Buying new music motivates, buying new music is necessary. You can certainly go to your local library, make copies or download sheet music from the internet (visit the Blog to find free sheet music online), but buying your own copy is much more fun, it will help you to develop a much more serious and respectful attitude to music and would certainly contribute to the growth of your personal library.

Do you provide performance opportunities? - Yes. Internal performances (nicknamed as ‘Piano Hours’) are organised on a regular basis and advice is given on participation in external events such as exams, festivals competitions etc.

Do you encourage participation in competitions, festivals, recitals and other musical activities? - The answer has to be different for every pupil. Such activities as competitions and public performances are certainly of great value, however your aims will be taken into account and if you would not like to compete you will not have to. If you do nurture the idea of exposing yourself to the public you would need to reach a certain level of skills first to qualify.

Do you teach during school holidays? - Yes

Do you teach disabled students?  - Yes

Do you have experience with dyslexic pupils? - Yes

How much do you charge? - Please get in touch for this information

Do I pay for the introductory lesson? - Yes. Please get in touch for details

How do I pay? - Introductory lessons are charged in advance, an invoice with all necessary details is emailed prior to the booking. Students with a contract pay in advance for a whole term or on monthly basis. 

Do you offer discounts for university students, siblings etc? - No.


If you have any other questions which have not been answered here please  email me a suggestion.

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Phone:  07454766539

Email: contact@pianolessons-london.co.uk