Creative Piano Lessons F.A.Q.

You’re never too old to learn the piano. I have taught people of many ages, and find that how old someone is has little to do with how quickly they progress. More important is attitude, enthusiasm and commitment to practice
As well as the monthly lesson fee, you will have to buy music books from time to time. If you don’t yet have a piano, you’ll also have the cost of renting or buying a piano. You can rent a piano for as little as £30 a month in London, or buy a digital piano with weighted keys for £230
Most certainly not! I’m friendly and patient, and have years of experience teaching beginners, and players of all levels. My job is to motivate and inspire you, and help you reach your full potential as a pianist and musician. If you’re nervous about taking lessons, you’ve found your perfect teacher.
Yes. We’ll be experimenting with improvising and composing on the piano right from the start. There’s no reason why you should be limited to playing other peoples music. We all have the natural ability to improvise and be composers
The best way to learn to play the piano is to commit to a course of weekly lessons, but I understand that this isn’t always possible.  Unfortunately I’m not able to offer on-off lessons.
No, you don’t need any prior music experience before starting piano lessons with me. Learning how to read music is actually very easy, when taken step by step. The most important action is to take the first step.
Great pianists become great through hard work, they’re not born that way! Whether you think you have talent or not, I guarantee you’ll be able to play the piano, as long as you follow my instructions and practice on a daily basis
You’ll need some sort of piano or electric keyboard for your first lesson.  A piano can be rented in London from as little as £30 per month, or you could buy a digital piano with weighted keys for £230. I always recommend a high quality instrument, but there’s options available for all budgets
Yes. If you want to be good at something, you have to put in the time to make it happen. As a beginner, you should practice for at least 30 minutes a day. Attending your weekly lessons isn’t enough to make progress. How you practice is crucial to becoming a good player. I’ll show you the secrets of effective, efficient practice, where the ‘less is more’ rule comes into play
Before committing to a course of piano lessons, you can book an introductory lesson to see whether Creative Piano Lessons are for you. The introductory lesson is completely free.
Yes, I’ve taught hundreds of people from scratch in the past, people coming to the piano for the very first time. There’s nothing to worry about. We’ll start with a chat about what you want, your dreams, your fears, and how we might be able to move ahead. The most important thing is that you’re with a teacher who understands you, and is able to lay solid foundations for your musical path ahead. It’s important to learn good technique right from the outset, to avoid the perils of bad habits
I understand that the thought of starting piano lessons can be scary. But it doesn’t have to be. Everyone, including myself, starts out knowing nothing whatsoever. I’ve taught many pupils who have been worried about taking lessons. After the first lesson, you’ll wonder why you ever felt nervous!
My piano teaching method is strongly influenced by the Alexander Technique.  I trained for 3 years full time, to become a qualified teacher.  I teach my pupils to use their bodies in a natural way, so that they can play with ease and freedom, and avoid pain and injuries.
You are free to cancel any of the courses. Course cancellations must be processed by the 1st of each & every month.

A full calendar month’s payment is required which means a minimum of one month and a maximum of 2 months final payment will be necessary depending on the date the cancellation form is received. For example, if a cancellation form is received on the 1st October only October will be due, however if received on 2nd October both October and November will be due

You can start with booking a one off trial lesson to see if Creative Piano Lessons are for you. This initial lesson/consultation lasts 30 minutes and is completely free.
Payment is by monthly standing order on the first day of each month
Lessons are normally 60 minutes, but 45 minute or 90 minute lessons are also available.  30 minute slots are available for young children
The monthly amount starts from £125, for adults, and £86 for children. There are 36 lessons per year, with breaks for half term, Christmas, Easter and Summer Holidays.

Payment may be made on the first day of each month, via standing order. I require a months notice from the 1st of the following month, in case you wish to stop your course.

Music theory is a natural part of any music making. I teach theory in a very practical way, so it becomes part of playing the piano. Music theory, when separated from making music can be very dull and uninspiring.
I don’t encourage my pupils to take exams, as I find the whole exam system to take away from creative learning. Exams encourage playing music in a certain way, in order to please the adjudicators. This doesn’t leave much room for creative expression or experimentation on an individual level.
Private lessons are available between 12pm and 9pm. Lessons are weekly, with breaks at Christmas, Easter, Summer and half terms.
Lessons are at your home.  If you live in Angel, Islington (London N1, WC1X, EC1V, EC1R), I’ll come to you, so you don’t have to waste any time travelling.  If you live somewhere close by, please get in touch
Yes, lessons are at your home!  I will travel to you if you live in Angel Islington
For the 2018-19 academic year, the dates are as follows:

Autumn Term
September 3 – December 14
Half Term: October 22 – October 26

Spring Term
January 7 – April 5
Half Term: February 18 – February 22

Summer Term
April 29– July 12
Half Term: May 27 – May 31

Terminating a course

Course cancellations must be processed by the 1st of each & every month. A full calendar month’s payment is required which means a minimum of one month and a maximum of 2 months final payment will be necessary depending on the date the cancellation form is received. For example, if a cancellation form is received on the 1st October only October will be due, however if received on 2nd October both October and November will be due

Payments

Course fees are payable in advance via a standing order on the 1st of each month

I cannot accept late payments. Any non payment will result in lessons being suspended until all outstanding fees are received.

I provide ongoing learning where a regular weekly slot is booked for the student until they wish to withdraw from the course. I cannot refund or reschedule lessons missed by the student during the academic year for any reason.

In the rare event of the lesson being cancelled by the tutor, a make up lesson will be arranged at the student’s earliest convenience or the lesson will be refunded.

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