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piano
I teach piano to both children and adults, with a particular focus on getting kids off to a good start and with an emphasis on having fun while learning.


fees
A thirty-minute lesson costs 40chf

A forty-five minute lesson costs 55chf

The duration of lessons will usually be thirty minutes, however it is also possible to have a longer lesson if you wish, although this is not recommended for younger children.

Payment will be required at the beginning of each term. The term times will coincide with the local schools, however I am happy to discuss a slightly different schedule for those with children at international or bilingual schools.

For the cancellation policy, please see the FAQ page.


why should my child learn the piano?
Learning the piano can be a very rewarding experience. It will help your child build motor skills and increase their self-confidence. A great deal of research has found that playing the piano helps to develop the part of the brain used for mathematics, critical thinking and problem solving. Not to mention your child will also be learning a new language at the same time! Being able to read music and play an instrument opens a whole new world of music making.

Piano is also a very good instrument to start with. A child who starts with piano will develop a good understanding of harmony and counterpoint because more than one note can be played at the same time. He/she will also learn to read both bass and treble clef. All of this will hold your child in good stead if he/she goes on to sing or play another instrument.


what is the right age to start?
The best age to start is the age the child is at when he/she shows an interest in not only sitting at the piano and playing a few notes, but also in learning how to play properly. Children usually learn best when they are able to read a bit, or, at the very least, recognise letters. Children should also be able to recognise numbers and count without hesitation. Some children will be ready to start at age five, while others might not be ready until six or seven.

Learning to play any instrument in the initial stages can be tough, as it usually involves much repetition and the making of many mistakes. Having said that, it will also be a lot of fun, but a child must have the stamina to last through a thirty-minute lesson and do some practice at home.

Very young learners will be mostly playing by ear with the actual reading of music on a staff coming later. The intention here is to establish good musical habits and to train the ear in both pitch and rhythm.

Beginning lessons at a very young age requires a lot of parent involvement, especially if your child is not able to concentrate for more than a few minutes at a time. Ideally you should be present for at least the first couple of lessons (or part thereof) and also be able to sit down during the week with your child while they practice what was done in the lessons. If this is not possible it might be best to wait until your child is a bit older.


early music: 4+
Lessons for very young children include a variety of activities, designed to provide a fun way of learning about music, including pitch, rhythm, harmony and the beginnings of basic technique for the piano. Activities include a mix of playing simple melodies, both alone and with me, singing with actions, the playing of a range of percussion instruments, and musical games. We will also do some basic theory disguised as colouring in and drawing. Lessons will be structured to take into consideration your child’s knowledge of numbers and letters and his/her ability to concentrate.

At this age it can sometimes take little fingers a while to become strong enough to play properly. But in the meantime your child will be learning about many other aspects of both the piano, singing and general musicianship.

Depending on the interests of the child, the main focus of the lesson can be on singing or piano.

The primary resource will be Faber Piano Adventures, with a range of additional resources used as required.


young beginners: 7+
Children are usually ready to start learning the piano properly when they are able to read a bit, or, at the very least, recognise letters. Children should also be able to recognise numbers and count without hesitation. They should also be able to curve their fingers and hold them in this position (as if ready to catch a ball), ready for placement on the keys. Some children will be ready to start at age five, while others might not be ready until six or seven.

While the focus is definitely on learning to play piano and read music, students will also undertake a range of other activities, including theory, singing and percussion, all of which help to build a well-rounded musician.

The primary resource used will be Faber Piano Adventures Primer Level, with a range of additional resources used as required.


older Learners: 10+
There is no maximum age for starting to learn a musical instrument. The advantage of starting later is that the student will often progress more quickly and will have a clearer idea of the styles of music he/she would like to play. Lessons will also incorporate music theory and ear training.

Resources used will include Faber Accelerated Piano Adventures and a range of other materials.


materials
A mix of books and sheet music will be used and will be sourced by the studio. Students will be asked to pay for books (including shipping costs, if applicable) as required.

All students will need to bring with them a folder for loose sheets (either something for just carrying them in or one of those folders with plastic sheets). They will also need a small notebook for me to write down what we've done each lesson and what needs to be practiced.


learning difficulties
If your child has learning difficulties, playing piano might make all the difference to their confidence. Learning to play piano involves learning to use both hands at once, learning a new language and applying it, as well as lots of counting and reading. I have had many young students who have shown improvements in their concentration, maths and reading as a result of learning to play the piano.

Please let me know before your child starts if she/he has any difficulties so I can plan the lessons accordingly. A similar approach to that for young learners will be taken, with each lesson incorporating a range of complementary activities.