The Right Teacher For You

We know you want to make sure you choose the right teacher. One who’s not just qualified but who also “gets” you and can help you to truly engage with music.
That’s why all of our teachers will prioritise:

Relationship building from the first lesson, because we know that without a good teacher/student connection progress will be very hard.

Carefully assessing your strengths and interests, because we believe that when we support your passions and your unique abilities you’re much more willing to do the hard work that’s needed to reach your goals.

What our lessons look like

Here is a brief rundown of the 3 Core Learning Strategies inside a Prima Piano lesson.

1

Developing a technique that helps NOT hinders

2

Moving through lots of contrasting repertoire

3

Learning more than just notes and exploring a wide range of skills

Technique

Poor technique can lead to some serious problems. It can make you frustrated and slow down progress. It can create tension in your arms and body and even cause chronic pain over time. Our approach to technique is adapted from the Russian technique which is famous for producing some of the worlds greatest pianists. We’ve created our own exercises which can be tailored for any age or level and has been shown to promote relaxation of the forearm muscles, the careful strengthening of the finger muscles, and flexibility of the wrists.

Repertoire

Moving through a lot of contrasting repertoire can greatly enhance your sight reading skills and improve your knowledge. We’re particularly focused on choosing the “right” pieces that suit both your interests and performance style. Furthermore, pieces need to be within the reach of your current playing abilities. A bad repertoire choice can lead to frustration, stress, boredom and tension, which are things we want to avoid at all costs!!!!

Skills and Knowledge

We want you to have the best opportunity to become a well-rounded musician, so we make sure to develop a broad range of skills. We strive to teach these skills often, and through a variety of engaging and creative methods.

Sight-reading

Memorisation

Aural and Active listening

Rhythm

Improvisation

Music Theory

Music History

Musical Storytelling

Interpretation

Composition

Performance

Expression

Also, happening in lessons…

Exams/Performance Preparation

Your regular lessons will allow you to perform in a safe and low pressure environment. Which will enhance your performance skills in preparation for exams, eisteddfods, concert practice, school or other public performances.

You don’t have to do exams here, but if you do, we’re experienced in achieving great results at all levels.

Practising Strategies

An important part of lessons will be to help you learn HOW to practice your pieces and technical work in between lessons. This is how we encourage self-directed learning and empower you to practice effectively.

Practising is a skill, like any other, that needs to be taught regularly.

Games and activities

Games can be a fun way to break up a lesson and reinforce musical knowledge in an engaging and memorable way. If you’re having fun, you’re interested, and progress will come fast!!

They also boost social interaction when used for multiple players, either in group workshops, or amongst siblings learning back to back.

Developing Self Esteem

Every student has a different mixture of abilities. In every lesson our job will be to seek out and acknowledge your unique abilities. Through consistent positive reinforcement you can begin to build self esteem and self confidence.

It’s vital to us that all students be treated with respect, and that criticism is always constructive.

Setting Goals

Some students have very clear goals, while others, not so much. Whatever the situation, whatever your goals, we’ll always collaborate with you to identify goals and tailor a program for your particular needs.

We’ll never insist on goals that suit us, because your needs and wishes will always come first.

More than the Method Book

Too often kids are taught ONLY from a method or a grade book, for the sole purpose of pushing them through each of the grade levels, learning the minimum required for each level.

But this way of learning is SO limiting. There’s so much more to music than just learning the pieces from one book.

While there’s nothing wrong with method or grade books, we’ll often use them for our students, the big difference is we won’t use them in isolation. They’re great as a guide or jumping-off point to explore music more creatively.

For example, we encourage students to learn about keys and scales so they can improvise, to practice aural and rhythm skills through duets, using their voice, and physical movement, or to create stories and compose their own music, all alongside the book.

Pricing and Policies