P I A N O   L E S S O N S 
 

A selection from three different piano courses is used:

  • Just The Dots
  • Ministeps To Music (Edna Mae Burnam)
  • John W Schaum's Piano Course

The first is particularly useful for the youngest beginner and those with special needs.  These courses form the core of the teaching, often used as tuneful technical exercises, and are supplemented by other music according to the taste of the student.  For those students who show an interest, jazz piano lessons are available and students can be prepared to sit the ABRSM jazz piano examinations.  Keyboard students, who elect not to learn a piano method, will be taught from The Complete Keyboard Player scheme.

 

Sight-reading is a skill that must be taught, not happened upon by chance.  To that end, every lesson includes sight-reading as an integrated activity.  All students are taught how to think as good sight-readers, since pianists are more complete with these skills.  Students learn to think about how notes relate to one another by understanding intervals, as well as isolated note recognition.  All students, therefore, are capable of clear, independent thinking, which has been proven in their sight-reading marks in examinations. 

 

Theory is given as much importance as practical work, and is taught in a in a practical way through the practice pieces, supplemented with workbook exercises that can be completed in the student’s own time. 
 
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ABRSM examinations up to Grade 8 in piano are offered at an appropriate time, for those who wish to take that optional route.  There is no set time relative to beginning lessons when examination preparation will begin. 
 
Homework is set each week, with clear guidelines, and frequent encouragement to practise regularly.  Students are not punished if they fail to practise, but they are enthusiastically congratulated when they achieve success as a result of hard work.  Communication with parents is ongoing, including advising them how they can actively help their child practise at home, to reinforce lesson material, in a similar way that they may help their child when he or she first learns to read literature.

 

Learning to play the piano or keyboard is an extra curricular activity.  Students are, therefore, treated in an appropriately friendly manner, so that they might enjoy the lesson experience and have a desire to practise hard and perform well, in return for praise of their individual achievements.
 
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