Piano Lesson FAQ’s

Do I need to have a piano at home?

To make lessons worthwhile, you need to have an instrument to practice on at home.

An acoustic piano is the best choice, though a weighted 88-key digital piano can suffice in the first couple of months.

Despite technology having come a long way, proper technique is best learnt playing on an acoustic piano. Good technique is important not only for beautiful playing, but also to ensure students don’t suffer injury or strain from poor posture.

Investing in a piano at the outset can be daunting so you could consider renting one instead. There are quite a few options for this in Singapore and my students have rented from Premium Piano Selections and Aureus Academy previously.

 

Where are lessons held?

Lessons are held in my home studio which is a five minute walk from Somerset MRT.

I have a limited number of spots available for teaching at students’ homes, but I strongly encourage students to learn at my studio where possible. The comings and goings in a home can be very distracting for students and I notice a marked difference in focus and attention between students learning at home and those learning at my studio.

 

How long is each lesson?

Lesson times range between 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the age of the student and their level. Please refer to Piano for Children or Piano for Adults for more information.

 

How much practice should I be doing?

Students should have at least 5 practice blocks per week and commit to it as a regular habit. The length of the practice block is not as important as what is being achieved during practice. I prefer to give students outcomes-based practice assignments rather than prescribing a set length of time for them to sit and play.

However, if you find having a time indicator useful, here are some guidelines:

  • Young students and beginners: 10 – 20 minutes per block, 5 blocks per week
  • Late beginner students: 20 – 30 minutes per block, 6 blocks per week
  • Intermediate students: 30 – 45 minutes per block, 7 blocks per week
  • Advanced students: 45 – 60 minutes per block, 7+ blocks per week

Ultimately, how much you practice and the quality of your practicing will go a long way to setting the pace at which you progress.

 

What if I need to miss a lesson?

I understand this happens sometimes due to illness or unforeseeable events. I try to offer an alternative time during the week for you to take a make-up lesson, but if this isn’t possible I allow a set number of lessons to be carried over to holiday periods in July, August and December. Please refer to Fee Info (Children) and Fee Info (Adults) for more information.

 

Do you teach pre-schoolers?

I offer lessons to students from age 4. For pre-schoolers, parents are encouraged and welcome to sit through lessons so they can help to reinforce learned concepts at home. More information can be found here.

 

Do you teach adults?

Yes! I’m a big supporter of adult learning and have flexible lesson options for adults with busy schedules. Find out more here.

 

What are your fees?

I have a number of options for fees, please refer to the Fees page.

 

What books and materials do I need?

I will source all books and materials for you, you don’t need to find these yourselves. The cost of books are not included in the tuition fees and will be invoiced to you separately.

As each student’s learning style is different, there isn’t one book or method I rely on for every student. I commonly draw on methods such as Piano Safari, Piano Pronto, Carol Matz’s Interactive Piano Method, to name a few. I am constantly adding to my resources so that students have fresh and relevant materials to inspire their learning.

 

When do my bundles expire?

8 lesson bundles are valid for 6 months and 12 lesson bundles are valid for 9 months from the date of purchase.

 

I hated having to learn classical music when I was younger. Can we skip this?

Yes, there is no rule book saying you must play classical music on the piano! If you’re only interested in playing songs you know from the movies or pop charts, I will help you learn the fundamental skills needed to play this style successfully.

 

Do your students do exams?

Exams are a great motivator for some and provide an assessment of a student’s progress at a point in time. However, exams are not a requirement of my studio and don’t form the basis of my teaching. I don’t believe in pushing a child to sit two or three exams a year at the risk of sacrificing their enjoyment of learning. Piano doesn’t need to be rushed.

Nonetheless, if I think an exam would be beneficial for your child’s progress (and some respond well to a bit of pressure) and/or if you are keen for them to take exams, I can certainly prepare them to take exams through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) or Trinity College London.

 

Do your students get to perform?

I hold a concert party once a year where students are invited to perform. These are relaxed gatherings intended to provide students with a safe environment to build confidence in playing in front of others. Parents and family are invited to attend to celebrate the year’s learning!