FAQs

What lesson length is best?

- Music lessons are 30, 45, 60 or 90mins (length based on teacher recommendations). Academic tuition are 60 or 90mins. Read the blog for other advice.

Where are lessons held?

- Online lessons via Zoom. In-person lessons in Sutton, at the studio.

Is there a trial period?

- An initial consultation is required for prospective students. There is a 6 week trial period to assess interests, attitude and performance. After this period, this is reviewed and a decision is made regarding lessons. Should successful completion, the registration process begins.

What is the studio's availability with lessons?

- The studio is very popular with a growing waiting list. Sutton is a competitive borough for both Piano and 11+, hence private tuition is an important factor to increase the chance of success. Read testimonials from happy students and families.

How is tuition paid?

- Payment via PayPal, credit card, debit card or Tutorful. See the lesson fees.

Whom are the other students?

- The studio teaches 25 students from ages 6 - 60 both online and in-person. The studio specialises in teaching Piano to both child and adults, from complete beginner to late intermediate. Read more about the studio wide activities here.

What is the policy for cancellations, late attendance, rescheduling, make-up lessons, payment, refunds, safeguarding?

- Please read the policy for full information.

What is expected from students and parents?

See the studio's values and codes of conduct for guidance.

Is a piano at home required?

- Yes. Acoustic pianos are strongly recommended, but an 88 keys weighted keyboard is the minimum requirement. A piano stool that is height adjustable and a stand are also needed. Beyond Grade 1, students are expected to invest in either a digital or acoustic piano. Get piano advice on the blog.

How much piano practise is needed?

- Daily practise is needed and weekly assignments are completed.

  • Young students and beginners: 10-20 minutes a day

  • Elementary students: 20-30 minutes a day

  • Intermediate students: 30-45 minutes a day

  • Advanced students: 45-60 minutes a day

What books are needed?

- Students and parents will be advised which books to purchase. This is tailored to individual students. Examples of books are available on the website. Click here to see my Piano book library and buy your books.

Does the studio accept adult students?

- Yes. Adults of all ages are welcome, you are never too old to learn. Learn more about adult piano lessons.

What's the youngest age of child the studio accepts?

- 6 years old. Independently knows their alphabet and colours, LH and RH, count numbers in a cycle, follows instructions, good reading and writing, can sit and focus for 30mins, good hand co-ordination, interested in learning, supportive family. Learn more about piano lessons for children.

Do students get opportunities to perform piano?

- Yes. Recitals, local music festivals and studio recording sessions are some of these opportunities. Read about it here

Do students need to do piano exams?

- Entering ABRSM graded exams is positively encouraged.

Do you offer group lessons?

- No, all lessons are solo individual. Teaching individual students to give them full attention and tailored lessons.

What type of music do students learn?

- Classical music forms about 75% of the music genres covered. The remaining 25% includes jazz, blues, modern, contemporary pop, film. There are regular check-ins with students to explore musical tastes and their special requests to develop technique, musicality and enjoyment. Learn more about Piano lessons in Sutton here

How long will it take to learn piano?

- This depends on learning ability, motivation and practise routine at home. If taking regular weekly lessons alongside consistent smart practise, students learn the basics within 1-3 yrs, progress from beginner to intermediate within 4-6 years, become advanced within 7-10 years. Learn more about the piano learning experience here in the blog

Which piano is recommended?

- Recommendations are based on your main needs, budget and other factors. I always strongly recommend acoustic Yamaha or Kawai pianos. Get more advice on the blog.

Is a piano tuner is recommend?

- Acoustic pianos need tuning at least once a year, and several times after moving house or environment. A well-looked after piano can maintain a good quality of sound and feel for 30-50 years.

Can students not purchase books and rely solely on digital sheet music?

- No. Books are an important investment and a key part of effective piano lessons. Browse what my library has and purchase your own books

Can you recommend other instruments to learn or orchestra opportunities?

- Yes, piano is a great gateway for learning other instruments. Youth and amateur orchestras in the Sutton and Kingston area are recommended.

Do students need regular lessons?

- Students benefit the best from regular weekly lessons. Lesson appointments I would only recommend for intermediate/ advanced adult students.

What are the term dates of the lessons?

- The studio doesn't follow the school academic year. Lessons continue to be taught during half-terms, Christmas break, Easter break and summer holidays.

What is Tonara?

- Tonara is an app that used to support students outside of lessons. This is the platform where students access their weekly assignments, follow their practise plan and interact with the studio students. Points are given for good practise, daily practise times can be tracked, practise recordings are reviewed and feedback provided between lessons. Learn more about how technology in Piano lessons in Sutton is used.

What are online piano lessons like?

- Using a fantastic set-up, online lessons are fun, engaging and effective. This set-up includes: professional microphone, overhead camera for keys, side camera for technique, real-time on-screen sheet music annotation, software (Sibelius, Classroom Maestro).​ Find out about the equipment the studio uses for online lessons

Where can I find advice as a student or piano parent?

- Read my blog page. There are articles written include: piano recommendations, motivation tips, guide for beginner parents, intermediate player skill checklist.

Does the studio specialise in teaching jazz, blues, boogie-woogie, pop, composition or improvisation?

- No. As a classically trained pianist, the teaching reflects 50-75% classical music. Whilst the above is covered, they are not the sole focus.

What does the lesson fee contribute towards?

- It contributes to improving the services for students and families. This includes:

  • Regular studio maintenance

  • Expanding the teaching library to ensure relevancy and syllabus up-to-date

  • Student subscriptions to learning and teaching resources

  • Lesson preparation time and support at home

  • Student projects, challenges, competitions and mock exams

  • Motivational materials

  • Professional equipment for online lessons

  • Teacher training courses

What input do students and families have?

- Regular surveys are sent out to gauge the key strengths of the studio, provide feedback on services and most importantly: give suggestions for improvement. These are reviewed and if appropriate, acted upon. Special requests are taken from piano students for repertoire to learn.