Piano / Keyboard Tuition - Frequently Asked Questions

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How long are lessons?

Lessons are usually either 30 minutes or 45 minutes. For younger children, 30 minute lessons are recommended.

Where are lessons held?

Lessons are held in my teaching studio in Waterview, Auckland. Parking is available on the street.

When are lessons held?

Lessons are usually weekly, at the same day and time. Children's lessons typically run with the school terms. Lessons during school holidays are available by arrangement.

Will I need my own keyboard?

You will need your own piano or keyboard to practice on at home. You will not need to bring a keyboard with you to lessons, as you will play my electronic piano.

I don't have a keyboard - what kind should I buy?

Together we can discuss what kinds of keyboards would be suitable for your needs and budget, and where to get hold of them.

Will I need to buy a book?

You will need to obtain a piano method book appropriate for your level. I will recommend a suitable book and advise where it can be obtained. Alternatively, I may be able to obtain the book for you, with reimbursement.

Is there a minimum age to start?

I generally start teaching children from around 7 years old (year 3 at school). However, don't be shy about inquiring if your child is younger and very keen to play.

Is there a maximum age to start?

There is no maximum age to begin learning piano or keyboard. Adults can learn to play, you do not need to start learning as a child.

How much practice do I need to do?

It is up to you how much you practise, but the more you practise, the more you will improve. Practising little and often is better than an occasional long practice session. At least 15 minutes per day is recommended.

How do I pay for my lessons?

Lessons are paid for in advance. Payments are accepted by cash, cheque or electronic transfer.

What if I can't make it to my lesson?

Sufficient notice is required if you will not be able to attend your lesson. The lesson may be able to be made up at another time by arrangement. Cancellations on the day will be charged for.