Music Lessons

Support at home

Access to Tonara for all assignments, practise motivation and audio clips

Parental inclusion

Get updates as a piano parent with progress cards and parents evenings

Fresh challenges

Join in the studio-wide competitions to climb the leaderboard

Student projects

Recitals, studio compositions and more

I am a classically trained pianist and my specialism is in Classical music. Learning to play music should be an exploration of all music, so music lessons are more than just Classical. Baroque, Romantic, Modern, Pop, Jazz and Blues will be covered. All students are encouraged to enter ABRSM at the right time. The studio runs unique lessons which are fun at the right level of challenging, student projects and teaches the value of life-long learning.

How is Qian Tutor different to other tuition or music studios?

Students benefit from:

  • Unique lessons that are fun but still the right level of challenging

  • Brilliant studio student projects

  • Joining a supporting community that values life-long learning

 

Piano lessons in Sutton actively encourage students to get involved with school, youth and community music groups. I also teach less commonly taught aspects of piano:

  • Improvisation & composition

  • Pop style chord progressions

  • Simple Jazz and Blues

  • Duets

The online set-up delivers effective lessons from the comfort of your home. Teaching and learning online piano is engaging, clear and rewarding. The following are used:

  • Professional microphone

  • Overhead camera to demonstrate piano keys

  • Side camera to demonstrate playing technique

  • Graphics tablet to annotate on-screen sheet music

  • Software e.g. Sibelius, Classroom Maestro

This sounds amazing, how do I join?

  • Prospective students get a free initial consultation which acts as a two-way interview to see if there is potential.
  • If so, prospective students start a 6 week trial period to assess if we're right for each other. We'll look at interest, attitude and performance during lessons and at home. This is a chance for us to have a great time through organised fun!
  • Should you successfully complete this trial, you are officially welcomed to the studio via registration.
  • You're in! Get involved in the exciting studio challenges and projects, and learn to love music!

Piano parents

Daily practice is key to learning, and a piano parent's role is key. Be ready to support the daily practise routine at home.

Practise includes: technical exercises, scales, repertoire, sight-reading, theory.

The better quality your instrument is, the better quality practice will be. Students need at least a weighted keyboard before beginning lessons.

Read my blog for more advice about piano learning

Choosing lessons

From experience, the below lesson lengths work best.

Pre-Grade 1 (early): 30mins

Grade 2-4 (Begineer): 45mins

Grade 5-6 (Inter.): 1hr

Grades 7-8 (Adv.): 1hr 

Adults (all abilities): 1hr

Read my FAQs for the answers to commonly asked questions

Books and materials are not included in the lesson fee, students will be advised which books to purchase. My extensive library of piano books contain over 200 books.

  • Adult method books: Adult Piano Adventures

  • Children method books: John Thompson, Me and My Piano, Piano TimePiano Adventures, Waterman Piano Lessons

  • Children extra pieces: Piano Time Classics, Tunes for 10 fingers, Oxford Piano Method, Kabalevsky

  • General extra pieces: Grade piano solos, Really easy pianos, Complete Piano Player

  • ABRSM specimen exam: scales, aural, sight-reading, pieces

  • Sight-reading books: Improve your sight-reading, A Piece a Day

  • Theory books: Theory is FunMusic Theory in Practice

  • Technique books: A Dozen a DayHanon, Junior Hanon, Czerny, Schmitt

  • Baroque to Modern music: Classics to ModernMore Romantic Pieces for PianoHours with the Masters, Album for the Young

  • Contemporary and film music: Studio Ghibli, Einaudi, Yann Tiersen

  • Advanced music: Bach preludes & fuges, Library of Piano Classics, Haydn symphonies, Beethoven overtures, Chopin Etudes

  • Teaching aids: music flashcards, whiteboards, manuscript sheets, percussion instruments

"My son started taking private piano lessons from Qian since last 6 months. I am impressed by Qian's unique way of teaching piano. Her teaching method helps build a solid foundation for kids to develop their interests and skills in playing piano. Qian is amazing with children and she creates an environment that is friendly and inspiring. Finally, she is well proficient in online teaching methods and nicely skilled to engaged with the student remotely."- Dasun (Piano parent)

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