Piano Tuition FAQ's
We hope that our FAQ page gives you the answers you are looking for.
However, if you would like further information please contact us.
Who do you teach?
We teach absolute beginners as well as those with previous musical experience.
Children are welcomed from as young as 5 years old. We also teach adult students at all stages of life, usually because they wished they had learned to play the piano when they were younger or perhaps they are simply looking for a new challenge.
What sort of music do you teach?
We will recommend music to help you progress and achieve a good technique appropriate to your stage of learning.
Once you have learned the basics, we encourage all styles of music.
When do lessons take place?
You will have one lesson every week, on the same day at the same time.
Weekly lessons normally follow the Nottinghamshire school term dates.
Lessons outside these dates may be arranged as required.
Can I choose a specific day or time for my lesson?
Lessons have to fit in to our teaching timetable which consists of daytime and early evening slots. Available lesson times will be discussed with you so that you can choose a time which is mutually acceptable.
Can you travel to me?
Sorry, no. Lessons are taught at our business address in Edwinstowe.
Do I need a piano?
Having a quality instrument at home is important to your success, as you won’t get the most out of your lessons if you are unable to practice properly.
Here are the options:
We always recommend having a real piano as this is the best way to properly practice the wide range of piano techniques which are essential to good playing. Purchasing a new piano is a big financial investment, although it is possible to obtain a good quality second hand instrument for much less. You will also have to remember to add in the cost of maintaining the piano by having it tuned at least once a year.
If a piano is not an option for you, the next best choice is a quality digital piano with 88 full sized, weighted keys. A digital piano is smaller than a real piano, and it will not require tuning or maintenance. Additionally, you can plug in headphones while you play if you do not wish to disturb anyone.
A keyboard requires a very different playing technique to a piano. They do not have weighted keys, some have a limited number of keys, or the keys may be smaller than on a piano, which means that you will be unable to develop the correct piano technique which is required to make good progress.
Therefore, Major Oak Music does not recommend that a keyboard is a suitable instrument when learning to play the piano.
What commitment will I need?
We expect you to attend your weekly piano lesson and you also need to commit to a regular practice routine. By doing so, you will give yourself the best chance to learn, make progress and reach your potential.
You are also responsible for bringing the correct music books to every lesson.
What is a good practice routine?
Make piano practice a regular event every day by choosing a specific time of day that is best for you (before school, after tea, after work etc.)
Make sure there are no distractions such as other people, or the TV.
Learning to play an instrument well requires dedication and commitment. By practising regularly you will learn more quickly and feel more confident about what you are doing.
Will I learn about music theory?
We have lots of fun and interactive ways of building music theory into every lesson as it enhances your understanding of the music you are playing.
Do I have to take piano exams?
Earning an examination certificate is very rewarding and exams can be a big motivational factor, allowing you to measure your progress against exam board standards.
However, we appreciate that music exams do not suit everyone and you don't have to take exams if you don't want to. Instead, we will encourage you to explore a wide range of music which will still help you to learn and progress.
We have students who gain a great deal of satisfaction by learning to play the piano simply for leisure and enjoyment.
How successful are your exam results?
Major Oak Music is proud of the fact that their students have achieved 100% success in ABRSM examinations.
Can I ‘sit in’ on my child’s lesson?
Parents are encouraged to sit in during lessons. We have room for one accompanying adult.
How can I help my child to progress more quickly?
Parents can show their child how much they value their music education by actively taking an interest in what they are doing. From experience, this is by far the best way to help your child to progress quickly.
Here are a few ideas:
- ‘sit in’ on their piano lesson
- give them the opportunity to practice at home every day
- ask questions and make positive comments when they are practising
- make frequent requests to hear the pieces they are working on
- encourage your child to perform in front of others – family or friends
- load up a playlist with a huge variety of music and regularly listen to it in the car on the way to school or the supermarket
- sing along together to songs on the radio
I wished I had learned to play when I was a child. Is it ever too late to learn?
It is never too late to start learning to play the piano. Furthermore, research has proven that learning to play a musical instrument, especially the piano, can bring certain health benefits such as lifting the mood, de-stressing and strengthening memory functions.
Major Oak Music has experience of students who have taken up piano later in life, and they gain huge enjoyment from their lessons and make excellent progress.
Can I learn to play the piano if I already play another instrument?
Learning to play the piano will benefit all of your musical activities as long as you have time to practice both instruments.
Are you DBS checked?
Yes. Please see the professional qualifications page for further details.
Do I have to buy any music?
All music is supplied by us, and you will be invoiced for payment of this.