Guidelines for Parents

Learning to play the piano can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Here you will learn how to take those first steps and how to help your child get the most out of their piano lessons.

Starting Lessons

You are entitled to a free initial lesson. This gives us a chance to meet each other and to see if your child will enjoy taking piano lessons with me. You are most welcome to sit in the room to watch to this initial lesson. Following the initial lesson you may choose to book a regular weekly lesson time which I will retain for you each week.

Attending Lessons

Apart from the initial piano lesson, when a parent is welcome to sit on the lesson, all students are dropped off and collected at the beginning and end of their scheduled lesson time. This is to minimize distraction during the lesson. Please arrive on time so that all students can have their full scheduled lesson time without being distracted or interrupted.

Lessons in your own home

I am happy to conduct lessons at students homes if they have a piano. If this arrangement would be convenient for you please contact me for further information.

What I ask you to do to help

Buy a notebook for your child which they should bring to each lesson. I can then note down a brief summary of the lesson and what they need to practise during the week.  This way both you and they can keep track of what they need to do and how the lesson has gone.

Help or encourage your child to keep their fingernails short so that they can play with slightly curved fingers.

Encourage your child to practise every day.¬† This will give them the most enjoyment and best results.¬† When children are younger, you will probably need to schedule these, as they will not necessarily remember to do it for themselves!¬† Offering support and praise shows that you consider music a serious commitment.¬† It’s best if the piano is in a room away from noisy distractions, but where you can be close at hand so that they don’t feel isolated.