welcome to The Piano School
At The Piano School, we believe group piano lessons are the best way for your child to learn to play. In addition to being excellent value, children learn better and have a lot more fun within a group situation. Music making is by its very nature a group activity and it is important for all musicians to learn to play and interact with other musicians to reach their full potential.
Regular practice at home is one of the main keys to success as a musician. Our practice mantra is, “A little, and often!” Students who attend a class with other children each week are much more highly motivated to practice at home in order to ‘show off’ their playing skills to their friends and parents at the informal piano recitals that take place throughout the term. There’s nothing like a bit of gentle peer pressure to spur young children on to get over the hill of mastering the ‘basics’.
Every student at The Piano School has their own high-quality Yamaha piano keyboard to play during the 40 minutes session. Class sizes are small, with usually between four and six students in each group. As children advance classes often divide into smaller groups and then into a ‘shared private’ lesson with a child of similar age and ability. Eventually they will need an ‘individual private’ lesson for more advanced study.
We run three beginner’s piano groups at The Piano School
- mini maestros (5-7yrs)
- music maestros (8-11yrs)
- maxi maestors (11-14yrs)
Lessons are conducted by Tim Riley, the director of The Piano School. Tim has been teaching piano for more than fifteen years and is also trained as a group piano teacher. A lesson will only ever be as good as the piano teacher who takes it – before you make your choice about where to send your child, please be sure to find out a bit more about the piano teacher in question. Find out more about Tim in teachers and read what the parents of current pupils say about him in testimonials.
You will find lots of useful information in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of this website. A broad range of topics are covered including practicing and choosing a suitable piano.