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Frequently asked questions.

What do I need to bring to lessons?
A notebook (3B1), a clear file and music.  Flute and recorder students bring their own instrument.

Where do I get music?
Any music can be bought from me. I hold a small amount of likely purchases, but most is ordered specifically for the student. I seek out the best value sources that can supply by the time the music is needed.

What will I need at home?
Piano students will need a piano but, if electronic, with weighted keys.  Flute and recorder students will  need a music stand. A metronome is useful, but only when beyond the introductory grades.

Is practice important?
Yes, it is essential for good progress. To encourage regular practice, stars are awarded each week. Prizes are given each term for the most consistent practice.

How should I practice?
Set aside the same time each day for careful accurate practice.  Mistakes practised are very hard to undo!  Practice is not just playing through a piece once. Tricky bars should be played over 3 to 5 times and the whole piece needs to be repeated at least three times.  The only short cuts to learning new pieces are to be able to play scales and arpeggios well so always start your practice with these.  Being able to read the music is also important and learning lots of new pieces helps this.

How much practice should be done?
A minimum guideline is a beginning student should be playing for 5 to 10 minutes a day increasing to 15 minutes after 2 to 3 terms. For each Grade, add another 5 min, eg Grade 1 - 20 min, Grade 2 - 25 min, Grade 3 - 30 min, Grade 4 - 35 min, Grade 5 - 40 min, Grade 6 - 45 min etc.  Try to play every day rather than one or two marathon efforts per week.  Obviously with more playing, progress will be more rapid.  Professional musicians will have accumulated 10,000 hours of practice.

How long are the lessons?
Lessons are usually 30 minutes long, once a week.  Students at an advanced level have lessons extending to as long as an hour.

Can parents stay through lessons?
Parents are encouraged to attend the first lesson. After that, they may stay if they wish.

Do parents get a written report on progress?
Reports on the progress of school age students are issued at the end of Term 1 and Term 3.

Do students play in concerts?
Yes, there are concerts, divided into Junior and Senior Concerts. At the end of terms 1, 2 and 4, students play to each other at my home. Parents and friends are invited by the students to the Annual Recitals at the end of Term 3. 

Do students have to sit exams?
No, but all students should have clearly defined goals to work towards. I provide Achievement Certificates as an alternative to external exams. They give a clear idea of where a student is in relation to Royal Schools Grades. 

When can I sit an exam?
Once a student is up to Grade 1 level, and they are prepared to work consistently in preparation, they can be entered for an exam.

When is payment due?
Accounts are issued at the first lesson, and payment for the whole term is required by lesson 3.

What if I miss a lesson?
Lessons missed with reasonable notice will be made up later that week if a time is available. 

Grand entranceHow did the piano get into the studio?
 Five large men and they did the top and legs separately.