Frequently Asked Questions

The following are frequently asked questions that I have received during my years as a piano teacher. The list is in no way definitive as more will be added if asked often enough!

What notice must I give if I decide to cancel tuition?   In order to cancel tuition notice must be given one month in advance. This is best achieved by determining which month you would like to stop tuition & notifying me when you pay for the penultimate month.
What happens if I am late to my lesson?   There is a 5 minute grace period for 30 minute lessons & a 10 minutes grace period for 60 minute lessons. This means that at any time up until those limits the lesson will go ahead & finish at the prearranged time.
What happens if I don't turn up to my lesson?   Efforts will be made to find out why. If it is due to unforeseen serious occurrences an alternate lesson will be arranged that month (timetable permitting). Payments made for the lesson will be not be refunded, but depending on the circumstances a future one-off discounted fee may apply.
What happens if I am unwell & I have a lesson booked?   Most illnesses do not occur suddenly. If I have been informed at least one day before your booked lesson, an alternate lesson may be arranged that month (timetable permitting). Payments made for the lesson will be not be refunded, but depending on the circumstances a future one-off discounted fee may apply.
What happens if you are unwell & I have a lesson booked?   If I am unwell I will contact all students I have to notify them of how serious it may be. I will offer an alternate lesson that month (timetable permitting). If an alternate lesson is not available then I will offer an equivalent discount on the following month's fees. No payment for lessons already booked will be refunded.
Do I have to sit exams?   Not at all! Although for students currently in school, or adults hoping to enter university, a "Pass" or above in Grades 6-8 exams contribute to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Tariff points.
Grades 1-8 are Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) accredited which replaces the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) in the UK.
Can you teach me in my own home?   I currently do not offer to teach students in their own home.
What tools do you use during lessons?   I like to make use of a variety of tools i.e. grade specific books for repertoire or exam entry, but I also make use of my tablet for aural exercises (ear tests etc.) and sheet music that the student would want to learn. There is no rigid formula to my lessons, although everything is covered regularly!