Here's some Frequently Asked Questions

I am 73 and would love to start playing again. Am I too old? 

No. My oldest pupil is 82 and started back to lessons in 2017. She had not played for 63 years and is doing really well after playing again for three years. As of November 2019 the average age of my pupils is 42. Age is not a barrier but bear in mind that as we get older (I am 49!) our brains slow down so patience and practice is the key to success.

I suffer from anxiety and depression and my concentration is poor but I always loved the piano as a child. Is it too late for me to try again?

Not at all. I teach mindfully and your lessons are structured; for example you might benefit from 10 minute sections of scales and sight-reading, theory and playing. I can also help you with a practice diary and give you advice on how to practice so you still learn new skills which may help you. It's about small steps of learning, not huge leaps. 

Can you teach me during the day? I am retired and would rather have lessons in the mornings.

Yes. I teach from 7am - 7pm Tuesday - Friday and Saturday mornings, and should be able to fit in daytime lessons.

How often will I have my lessons?

Most students have one lesson a week (30 minutes) which allows time to practice! I will help you work out a lesson and practice schedule so you can see you are moving in the right direction. Some adult learners enjoy 60 minutes a week but it's always your decision as to how long your lesson is.

Can you enter me for exams?

I can do this and advise you on what is the most appropriate for you. I use ABRSM, Trinity and MTB exam boards for practical exams and Trinity for theory exams. I also offer Piano4Solihull assessments which are written for pupils to enable them to become well rounded and confident musicians. Most of my pupils are adults and rarely take exams but they do seem to love my style of assessments and I guarantee that I will mark them as if they are taking an accredited exam.

How much practice will my 15 year old son need to do?

This will depend on other commitments, but daily practice is recommended for at least 10 minutes when starting out. As he progresses, then 20 minutes a day.

What skills do I need to have?

Beyond the desire to play, no other skill is necessary.

My 4 year old twins would like to play the piano. Are they too little?

No. I use the Dogs and Birds books. Have a look on the links page.

I would like to take grade 5 music theory but I struggle to read and write due to my dyslexia.  How can I do this?

I have written a full set of music theory worksheets for all ages and abilities. I can send them to you as a word document so you can then use your own software or coloured paper to help you. You can take the exam in many different ways. Trinity exam board will support you to ensure you have full access to their exams. I have a lot of experience with additional needs so we can work together to ensure you can pass all your exams with flying colours. 

How do I pay for my lessons?

The first lesson is paid for after the lesson and then it's every month in advance.

Can't find the answer to your question? Don't hesitate to contact me and I’ll get back to you with the answer.