PIANO LESSONS ~ GUIDELINES FOR NEW PUPILS

1) LESSONS:

A) BEGINNERS:

At first, you will follow a carefully structured course of music to enable you to master the basics of reading and playing music as quickly and smoothly as possible. You may not always recognise the tunes you are learning to avoid the temptation to play "by ear". Once you have successfully completed this stage the range of styles you play in will be largely determined by your own tastes. You may wish to take the grade examinations available as a measure of progress.

B) ESTABLISHED PUPILS:

Having established your current standard and your musical preferences, a progressive selection of pieces will be suggested. You may wish to take the grade exams available as a measure of your progress.

2) PRACTICE:

The rate at which you progress (and consequently the amount of enjoyment you get from playing the piano) is ENTIRELY dependent on how much you practice. A LITTLE AND OFTEN is the key phrase here.

Try to establish a weekly routine with a set time each day.

Try to encourage younger children by sitting next to them whilst they practice.

DO NOT BE SURPRISED if you have to suggest they do their practice, they will enjoy it when they get there.

HOW LONG? -10 minutes only for 6/7 year olds increasing for older children mainly as the length and difficulty of pieces increases.

Always consult the practice record to find out what should be practised.

Always allow time for playing OLD FAVOURITES.

Always make a note of how long you practice in your practice book.

 

3) MUSIC:

I have a wide range of books to choose from, but please remember I cannot hope to stock every piece of music. You can visit your local music shop or browse online music suppliers and choose your own.