lessons

Lessons are generally weekly and up to an hour. I don't push them to work for the whole time, especially if they're tired, hurt or just feeling ratty! Real youngies can't always take a full hour so we can decide the optimum duration for them.

I'm available for lessons basically every week so if you want to continue through the school holidays that's fine by me.

Please let me know in advance if your child can't make a lesson. If not, I'm afraid I'll have to charge.

I pace the lessons to suit the child. They can go as fast (or slow) as they can handle.

 Feel free to leave your child or stay for the lesson. Whichever makes you both feel more comfortable.

Please try not to be too early dropping them off, or late picking them up - at least without prior arrangement.

I try to keep lessons fun and comfortable (I still remember, as a 10 year old boy, being terrified of my piano teacher!!), but even then sometimes they will feel frustrated at not being able to do something. Every time I hear a student say "i can't do it!" I get them to add "...yet". That's where the practice comes in.

I once tried teaching brothers in the same lesson. To cut a long story short, it didn't work! So I only teach one child at a time.

Sometimes I get asked if I can teach someone every other week. The problem with that is, I'm left with a basically unsellable timeslot. On the other hand, if you have two kids who'd like to do alternate weeks, that's fine.

If, for some reason, you only want lessons on an ad hoc basis for yourself or child, I really don't recommend it but I'll try my best to accommodate you. I'm sure you'll understand though that regular students will get first priority on the popular timeslots. Also, discounts aren't available for ad hoc lessons.

Please keep me posted on any feedback you get, positive or negative. They might be too shy to tell me they don't like a particular song we’re working on, or wish I'd give them more theory! As I say, I'm happy to adjust to suit your child - it's important they enjoy it.