Here's some Frequently Asked Questions

My wife thinks I am too old to take an exam, is she right? (I am 63) 

No, my oldest pupil is 76 and is preparing to take grade 7 in 2017. As of January 2017 the average age of my pupils is 35. Age is not a barrier, just bear in mind that as we get older (I am 46!) our brains slow down so patience and practice is the key to success. Exams are not mandatory, you decide whether it is right for you.

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. 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?

Yes, I can do this and advise you on what is the most appropriate for you. ABRSM is the biggest exam board (see the links page) and they offer fabulous graded exams with ample supporting material to help you learn at home as well as during your lessons. I have written two pre-graded exams which bridge the gap to grade 1. They are suitable for all ages and cover scales, chords, sight reading, musical awareness and three pieces of music to learn. They are tailored to each pupil and can be taken at any time of the year to suit you, so if you love pop, jazz, classical or a mix then I will write an exam for you to work towards. The cost is 12 to cover half a lesson, mark sheet and certificate. I still work towards exams and aim to either take an exam or complete a training course every year!

How much practice will my 7 year old need to do?

This will depend on other commitments, but daily practice is recommended for at least 20 minutes when starting out. As she progresses, then 30 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 theory but my flute teacher says she cannot help me, can you?

Yes of course. I have written a full set of worksheets which can take you from grade 1 - 5 theory. They work alongside an excellent text book ('Take 5 and Pass First Time' by Chris Dunn). The aim of these worksheets is to enhance your playing and enable you to be the best at your instrument. You can work through them at your own pace and can start them when you are around grade 1 on your instrument.

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.