Yes I am one of the Horsham piano teachers who have been CRB checked. My certificate is available to view on request.
Yes, testimonials are available in the testimonials section on the website.
No, I don't offer group piano and keyboard lessons as I believe that the student gets the most benefit from one on one tuition.
Yes. As part of your ongoing tuition I regularly evaluate your progress by reviewing what you have learned so far and making sure you are proficient at each stage before moving on to the next stage. It is important that concepts are understood and confidently demonstrated before moving on.
No. If students do not wish to participate in piano recitals they don't have to. My main goal in teaching the piano is not only that the student makes steady progress but that they really enjoy it and look forward to their piano lessons. I don't believe in putting unnecessary pressure on the student and want them to be happy and relaxed during their lessons. Not everyone wants to perform in front of people, many students just want to play for their own enjoyment.
Yes I use technology in my studio as I think it's important in a technological world that students gain experience of integrating computer technology with their playing. Computer software helps with many aspects of playing the keyboards such as recording and ear training etc.
To begin learning to play the piano and keyboard I think students should be at least 8 years old. I find that any younger and the hands aren't really big enough to span the intervals and play the chords necessary to play the piano.
£15.00 per 30 minute lesson.
£20.00 per 45 minute lesson.
£25.00 per 1 hour lesson.
Obviously it's important that the piano student takes time to practice if they wish to improve but it's more important what they practice rather than for how long they practice. Little and often is often better than marathon practice sessions. Also practice should be broken down into specific parts; just playing scales and arpeggios for 2 hours a day may improve your technical skill but not necessarily improve your overall musical development. It is also unlikely that you'll look forward to your practice sessions and will find them monotonous and boring and are much more likely to give up. Always try to make your practice sessions musical by practicing chord movements, rhythms, bass lines and key changes. Try to be creative while practicing.
I have been a piano and keyboard teacher in Horsham for the past 10 years and have mainly taught beginners but have also given refresher lessons to students who have played a bit of piano in the past and want to brush up on their playing or explore different piano playing styles.