Before We Even Start…

Of all the people who start to learn piano, most give up pretty quickly, generally saying “I tried learning, but I wasn’t any good at it”.

Of those who stick it out for a while, most stop at some point later, usually when real life prevents them from having lessons.

With this in mind, I have a few quick, important points to make:

IMPORTANT POINT 1

Piano teachers should (and never do) say:

“I will help you learn piano the way I learned. If it doesn’t work for you, but you love piano music, go to someone else.

So, I’m saying that now.

I offer free materials and inexpensive one-to-one lessons that have worked for many people since I became a full-time piano teacher in 2009. Many of those people came to me having had a “failed” learning experience in the past and now have a great relationship with their piano.

For some people, my ways don’t work.

That’s why I don’t charge until you see it working, and not at all if you manage to learn entirely from my free stuff.

IMPORTANT POINT 2

I do not teach people to read traditional musical notation.

Musical notation is not widely used in the writing, arranging or performing of most popular or jazz music.

While it’s a useful skill, I believe that many people fail to enjoy piano playing because of a disproportionate emphasis on sight-reading, which may not be something they enjoy or find straightforward.

IMPORTANT POINT 3

My approach to teaching is based on explaining how the music you enjoy came to exist in the first place.

It draws heavily on your many years of listening to pop/jazz music. This approach is ineffective for little kids.

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