Lessons will be held at my own home studio as it is equipped with a music library, learning aids, games and audio system for more effective and comprehensive learning experience. VIEW THE STUDIO.
Yes. I teach beginners of all ages, including 4 - 5 year olds who want to jump start their educational foundation with a fun, motivational and rewarding start to music-making. I also teach transfer students of all ages and levels (including adults) and I have experience in repairing a student's piano technique, boosting sight reading ability, and teaching a wide variety of piano styles to suit a student's taste and life-long goals.
Children as young as 3.5 years old may begin lessons, depending on their level of concentration and motor skills, which will be assessed during the trial lesson.
Yes. You will need a proper instrument to practise on within 1-2 weeks of signing up. Want to know more about what else you will need to start lessons? Refer to this Comprehensive List of everything you will need to begin lessons.
Ideally, you would want to have a real acoustic piano to practice on, since a quality acoustic piano will provide a beautiful tone that can’t be matched by a keyboard. Perhaps even more importantly, practicing on an acoustic piano will prevent bad playing habits from being formed since the touch of an acoustic piano is nothing like most keyboards. However, if you can find an 88-key digital piano with “weighted keys”, that would be fine to practice on, too, for the first year or two of lessons. Click here to know more about different types of piano and keyboard.
Assignment book, music binder, lesson books and other materials (approximately $50-$100/year) will be provided for purchase by the teacher.
Parents of beginners and young students are advised to sit in during the first few weeks/months of the lessons. Parents are encouraged to observe the lesson, take notes and record snippets of the lessons in order to assist their child's practice at home. Young children cannot learn and practice by themselves, which is why they need at least one parent to be involved with their daily progress. This is a wonderful opportunity for a child-parent bond, and many parents have reported that it is one of the most special parts of raising their child.
Student are welcome to do exam, but it is not a requirement. I normally use ABRSM exams, but other examination boards are fine too. Transfer students wishing to sit practical music exams will need to have been learning with me for at least one year before I enter them for an exam. I need this time to ensure they are ready, that exams are the right thing for the student and to cover areas missing in a student’s prior education. Students will be encouraged to take part in piano examination only when they are grade 3, grade 5 and grade 8.