These are some of the most frequently asked questions by prospective piano students and their parents. If you have any other questions for me, please feel free to get in touch!
- Do you offer group lessons?
- Do I need a piano at home?
- Do your students get opportunities to perform?
- What books do I need and where do I get them?
- Do you teach adults?
- What’s the youngest age student you will teach?
- What type of music can I learn?
- Do your students do exams?
- How can I pay my tuition?
- How much practice is necessary?
- Where are lessons held?
- What lesson length do I need?
Do you offer group lessons?
Yes, I offer group lessons for both beginning piano students, and music theory students of any instrument. Please visit the group piano lessons or group music theory lessons pages for more information.Back to Index
Do I need a piano at home?
You definitely need some kind of a practice instrument. Acoustic pianos are always best, but a keyboard can suffice for the beginning stages. For more advice on your first instrument see my piano buying guide.Back to Index
Do your students get opportunities to perform?
Yes! Getting to share music with others is one of the best parts of learning to play an instrument! I hold two concerts every year, which all students are welcome to perform in. Shy students are welcome to just come and watch, I’ll never push a student to perform if they don’t want to.Back to Index
What books do I need and where do I get them?
Books and materials are included in the tuition. You never need to get any books, I’ll do all that for you. I use lots of different books and methods to suit different learning styles but some of my most commonly used series include Piano Pronto, My First Piano Adventures, Piano Adventures and Masterwork Classics. I’m constantly researching new materials and expanding my library so I can find the music that inspires each and every student.Back to Index
Do you teach adults?
Absolutely! Adults of any level are extremely welcome, please visit the adult lessons page for more information.Back to Index
What’s the youngest age student you will teach?
I teach students as young as three. With three and four year olds we always start with a month’s trial so we can assess readiness. Visit the lessons for little fingers page for more about how I teach my youngest students.Back to Index
What type of music can I learn?
I teach any and all genre’s of music that a student wants to learn. Nothing is out of the question! Although some classical music is generally necessary for good progress to be made, you are by no means limited to classical. My students learn pop, jazz, blues, punk, rock, if you love it that’s all that matters.Back to Index
Do your students do exams?
Students are welcome to take exams, but it’s not a requirement. I normally use the Royal Irish Academy of Music exams, but if you wish to use a different exam board for some reason that’s no problem at all.Back to Index
How can I pay my tuition?
You can pay tuition each month, or each semester. Pay by cash, cheque or bank transfer, whichever is easiest for you.Back to Index
How much practice is necessary?
This depends on the level and age of the student, and how fast they want to progress. The most important thing is that practice happens every day and that weekly assignments are completed. That said this is how long it will normally take to practice what I assign.
- Young students and beginners: 10-20 minutes a day
- Elementary students: 20-30 minutes a day
- Intermediate students: 30-45 minutes a day
- Advanced students: 45-60 minutes a day
Where are lessons held?
Lessons are held in my own home in Kimmage, Dublin 12.Back to Index
What lesson length do I need?
- 30 minute lessons are suitable for younger students, in their first 1-2 years of piano study.
- 45 minute lessons are best for adult beginners and younger students going into their second or third year of study.
- 60 minute lessons are also good for adults of all levels, and younger students who have been studying for 4 or more years.