These frequently asked questions are the queries I most often have. You may have other questions. Please do not hesitate to email or phone me. I am only too happy to help. Jill
- I would like my child to start lessons, will they need a piano to practise on? Yes your child will need a piano to practise on. The fun of learning is to be able to enjoy playing at home. If a piano is a little steep for your budget you may want to have a little tester first to see how it goes. An electric keyboard will suffice for a few months, a year at the most, then you will need to purchase a piano or good digital piano. The keyboard is very limited in the sounds it can make and many of the techniques we learn cannot be properly practised on an electric keyboard. If you opt for a digital piano it should have 88 fully-weighted keys. These are approved by AMEB to be used up to Grade 4. Later exams will certainly need an acoustic (proper) piano.
- I am looking for group piano lessons. Do you offer these? At the moment we do not offer group piano lessons after the age of 6 years. Private lessons cater for the individual needs of each child and progress is usually much quicker. We do offer partner lessons for young children.
- My child would like to have music lessons to broaden their musical experience. Do you offer these? Groups lessons have become very difficult to organise and many kindies now offer music time. Therefore I don’t now offer general group music lessons. We do have partner piano lessons for younger children which have plenty of music experiences. All piano lessons are 40 minutes and include some general music training.
- How long are your lessons? All my lessons are 40 minutes long. John tailors his lessons to the pupil, as I do with older pupils.
- How much practice should my child do? Practice should be done most days, and should be goal-orientated. (See articles for more information).
- Tell me about exams. Do all children take them? Children are not obliged to take exams but we offer the Australian national exams (AMEB) and also ABRSM exams. Both boards are of international standard, recognised throughout the world. Exams are a good thing to do. Exams are taken once a year around October time and form an incentive and motivation for children. There are 9 exams in all, Preliminary and Grades 1-8. By Grade 8 pupils are competent pianists. The average time from start to that stage is 10 years.
- How old must children be to start piano? I am now teaching children as young as 3 years through the lovely method, Dogs and Birds. So if you are willing to support your child in their learning, they are able to start at that age.