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FAQ

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.  You can always contact me for more answers.

Q: How do the lessons work?
A: You will come to weekly lessons when you learn new things tailored to individual needs.  Then you will go home with that information, and practise to prepare for the next lesson.

Q: Why weekly?
A: Consistency plays a big part in the development.  Regular lessons give the development a momentum. 

Q: Do I need a piano at home?
A: You will need some kind of keyboard instrument at home so that you can practise.  Whilst a piano is ideal, an electric keyboard with full-sized keys would be sufficient enough especially at the beginning.  The important features on a keyboard are the ability to attach a damper pedal, to play soft/loud (weighted keys) and to have at least 60 keys or so.  It is also important that you like the sound of the instrument whether it is electric or acoustic. 

Q: What happens if I don't have time to practise?
A: If you are too busy to practise at all, or commit yourself to come to weekly lessons, please ask yourself if it is worthwhile to take the lessons.  You don't need to worry too much about practising everyday however, please understand that your progress heavily depends on how well you practise.  If you missed too many lessons or practice sessions, please do not expect to progress so much or good results from the exams and performances. 

Q: Why is practising so important?
A: Learning to play a musical instrument involves visual, auditory and muscle memory, which could be developed only by practising.  Whilst I can give you tips and advice, you are developing the logical memories, however I cannot develop your other memories if you don't work on it.  It is a bit like sports after all.

Q: How much do I need to practise?
A: This is a difficult question to find one answer for everyone, but daily practice is ideal; Preferably you can develop a practice routine that works for your life style.  How long to practise depends on the lengths of the pieces as well as how often you practise.  If you are young beginner, start with 5 minutes a day just so that it will become a habit.  

Q: Do you make up missed lessons?
A: Yes, I do, however, always remember to prioritise the lesson time.  The attitude of parents, especially for small children, towards the lessons has an enormous effects, and changing the lesson time often gives them the implication that the piano lessons are not important, which could be the cause of many problems. 

Q: Do you refund missed lesson fees?
A: No.  The fee is based on the assumption that you commit to come to lessons regularly for the maximum effect without unnecessary work.   It is better to make up lessons so that the pupils receive regular lessons without a long break too often.  Too much gap between the lessons usually make the progress become stagnated, which leads to loss of interest.  

Q: Can I take the exams?
A:  Of course you can!  I will let you know when you are ready, and you can take any piano or theory exam offered in this country.  

Q: Do I need to take the exam?
A: Not at all!  Whilst the exams give us benefit, such as motivation, sense of achievement, assessment tor he skills, and guidance in development, learning how to play music is not everything about taking the exams.  Many of my pupils choose not to take the exams, and they play wonderful music!

Q: Do you charge extra for the exams?
A: Extra lessons are available at the rate of £40/hr at any time, however we can arrange some extra lessons by moving the lessons after the exam to the before dates, so in most cases my pupils do not pay extra.  

Q: Is my child ready for piano lessons?
A: Are you ready to help your child to practise at home? If the answer is yes, please observe him/her.  Is he/she able to:
                sit for 30 minutes
                have enough interest and enthusiasm in learning
                follow instructions
                enjoy challenge
                practise at home

Q: My child is really shy, can she/he still come to the lessons?
A: As long as she/he can follow my instructions, I don't mind.  If you could stay in the lessons to help her/him, please do so.  If they don't want to do anything it is better to seek another teacher or simply wait until they are over with the phase.  

Q: When is a good age to start piano?
A: At any age when one is ready for learning and gains the interests.  Also I watch for their hand to be strong enough to press the keys without collapsing on their knuckles so that they won't develop any wrong habits.  
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