FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

QUESTIONS ABOUT INSTRUMENTS

+ What kind of piano do I need?

Students should have an access to an upright, digital pianos or keyboards. We recommend buying or hiring an instrument that has a minimum of 61 regular sized keys, a sustain pedal, and a touch sensitive response. A touch sensitive keyboard means if you press a key harder it will play louder and if you press a key softer it will play quieter.

+ Do I need a full drum set to take drum lessons?

No, you do not need a full drum set to start drum lessons. Students can start lessons by using a practice pad. This is a small dinner plate sized pad that costs £20-£30 that is used for practicing basic drum rhythms.

+ Do I need my own instrument before the first lesson?

You will need an instrument before the first lesson, however you don't have to commit to buying one straight away. String instruments and pianos can be rented for as little as £20 a month.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

+ What is the best age to start learning an instrument?

The age varies case by case. Some children may not yet have the physical capacity to explore their musical instrument e.g. lacking finger dexterity or low lung capacity for wind instruments. We recommend generally that a child be able to count up to 10 and recognize alphabet letters up to G. Our teachers can asses and offer more personal suggestions with the initial trial lesson.

Below we suggest the ideal age to start learning a specific instrument:

Piano/violin/cello: children as young as 4 years old can start learning these instruments. Smaller violins and cellos are available making it ideal for small children.

Recorder/singing: children from 5 years and up can pick up recorder and singing. Recorder is a great introductory wind instrument. It requires coordination between breathing, mouth and finger placement to create notes, but is easier than other wind instruments as it has fewer holes to focus on.

+ Should parents supervise children with practise?

Even if the parents don't have any musical background, by simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day will help immensely with the progress. Parents can ask the teacher for advice on how to best help children to practice.

+ What are the benefits of learning an instrument?

Extensive studies have shown that children display long-term positive results from playing musical instruments. In fact, the benefits of music have been proven more effective in strengthening abstract reasoning skills in younger and older children than does teaching them computers skills.

Kids aren’t the only ones who can reap the benefits of learning an instrument. Adults will also gain tremendously from playing a musical instrument. Music has been shown to reduce stress, increase productivity, develop creativity, and build confidence.

+ Where do you teach?

All our teachers make home visits in Hampstead and surrounding London areas. Please see our About page for more info on the areas we cover.

+ Can I make a lesson cancellation?

Cancellations must be made 48 hours before the start of lesson. Failure to notify the teacher within 48 hours is considered a forfeited lesson.

+ Do you teach adults?

We provide music tuitions for all levels and ages.

+ How much will lesson cost?

Please send us an enquiry for lesson prices. If you have more than one person in the same household learning the same instrument with us, we can apply our discounted family rates. A small travel fee may be added when the teacher travels to your house.

+ Do I have to commit to a number of lessons at the start?

No, you can have a trial lesson and then you can decide whether you want to continue with us.

+ Are the teachers qualified?

Yes, all of our teachers are highly qualified professionals and have extensive teaching experience. All teachers have university or college degree in the instruments they teach. Our teachers are chosen not only for their qualifications, but for their ability to relate to the students and for their commitments.

+ Are there performing opportunities?

Yes, we organise seasonal concerts at local venues where students can showcase their talents.