What ages do you teach?
Ages 6 and older (or those students entering Year 1 at school) including adults.
What method books do you use?
Tachyon uses its own curriculum based on Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk principles. Method books are used as supplemental materials, if they are used at all. We generally use the Piano Adventure series by Nancy and Randall Faber, or the Alfred Premier series. These are well-established and popular methods that are used around the world. Lessons are tailored to the individual student though, and particularly for older students, this does not involve method books at all.
Do I need an instrument?
Yes. A toy keyboard will not suffice. You need a good quality acoustic instrument, or a full-length digital piano, preferably in a cabinet with pedals. More advice here.
Can I have casual lessons?
Casual lessons are offered to adults on a case-by-case basis. More flexibility is offered for a higher lesson price, however a time slot is not guaranteed. Depending on availability, casual lessons are offered at normal rates outside of the school term for dedicated students who would like to get ahead. Contact us for more information.
How much practise should my child do?
It depends on the age and temperament of the student. In short, 20-30 minutes daily at a minimum is a good start. Younger students can do less. Older and more advanced students can do 1 hour or more. Remember that regular and goal-oriented rather than time-oriented practise is the key. The more you do, the faster you will progress.
How can I help my child succeed?
Gently encourage and ensure your child practises daily. Sit down with them and listen to them practise. Read through their student notebook with them and ensure they do each of the tasks listed. Help them record what they’ve done by filling in their practise chart. Celebrate their achievements with them and see them improve.
How long does it take to become an accomplished pianist?
3-10 years. You’ll learn faster in some methods than others, but it still takes years. Be prepared for the long haul!
Can I have a make-up lesson?
Let us know well in advance if you cannot make it to your lesson, and we will see what we can do to re-schedule. If we are not able to re-schedule the lesson, the lesson will be forfeited. Just like you would not receive a refund for missing a flight, the teacher’s time has been allocated and must be paid for even if students cancel. Please ensure you choose a time slot for your lesson which you know you can make reliably.
I’ll be away for a few weeks of next term, can I pay for fewer lessons?
No. A full term of lessons must be paid for in advance and missed lessons are forfeited. Your payment reserves your time slot for the entire term in the teaching timetable. If you let us know in advance, we may be able to give you extra lessons or longer lessons when you are around during the term so you receive all your allocated lessons. If we are unable to do this however, the missed lessons will be forfeited.
Can I observe my child’s piano lesson?
Certainly. Children whose parents take an active role in their piano lessons tend to do quite well. In some cases, students are less reserved and learn more effectively without a parent observing, so it’s a good idea to be sensitive to this. Parents can still take an active role by helping their child with their practise at home.
If your question isn’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact me.