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Graham Warriner

   graham@pianocrazy.co.uk

01635 582333

07788 582577

Piano Teacher Singer Songwriter

ISM Registered Private Teacher ISM Full Member No. 77739 Enhanced DBS Disclosure Checked  17 years teaching experience since 2004

What Can You Expect in a Piano Lesson?

We will work together through a series of graded music books, teaching technique and theory.  You will be set 2 or 3 pieces each week to practice in your own time.  The results of your efforts will be assessed at your next lesson.  As you progress, you will also be set additional fingerwork practise in the form of technical exercises.

I do not enter my students for exams.  However, I do teach a very practical method of learning how to play the instrument, creating music, having fun, and enjoying what you're doing in a relaxed environment.

Some students want to develop their songwriting skills and some may want to practise vocals along with piano playing.  I am always keen to encourage this and can offer guidance here too.


What About As You Progress?

As you advance it becomes much more about developing the right 'mindset' - the psychology of music, increasing awareness, 'becoming the music' and developing creativity.  I am very passionate about self-development.  We are all infinitely capable beings, using only a fraction of our true potential.  I continue to study and learn all the time.  I have invested thousands of pounds in my own development through books, courses, coaching, seminars, etc.  


What Age is Ideal to Learn the Piano?

My youngest pupil is 5, my oldest is more than 60.  It helps if younger children have good reading skills.  More important than actual age is an open mind and willingness to learn, plus a patient disposition.  

I recommend children under 16 come for 30 minutes each week, adults attend for 60 minutes each week.  I

As a private tutor I do find students are self-motivated.  This is far better than parents pushing their child into doing something they don’t really enjoy doing. Many adult new starters say to me they've always wanted to learn piano but they've put it off for whatever reason.  Do not let this deter you - now is the time to invest in yourself.  It will not be easy, of course effort is involved. But it is very rewarding.  I will not hold you back, I want you to achieve as much as possible.

 

What Equipment Will You Need?

If on a budget, a basic electronic keyboard will be OK at first. These really have to be at least 5 octaves (61 keys) and MUST be touch (velocity) sensitive. Good brands are Yamaha, Casio, Roland and Korg.  Expect to pay £150+ new.

As you progress, you may want to consider a full size (88 key) keyboard, digital piano or acoustic piano, which can be acquired new or second-hand.

Digital pianos and acoustic pianos are the ideal instruments. Good used examples can be found for as little as £250.   Acoustic pianos require professional tuning about twice a year which costs about £50 for each tuning.

There are some real bargains to be had in the second-hand market, but this can be a minefield to the uninitiated.  I will gladly give advice on buying instruments.


How Long Will It Take To Learn?

You never stop learning about piano playing - there is always more to learn, it is a skill for life, always changing and evolving.

Having said that, you will get to notice your improvements on a weekly basis. You will progress according to how committed you are. Realistically, after around 18 months steady practice starting from zero knowledge, you will be able to 'wow' your friends, family, and yourself!

For those returning to piano after learning when younger, this will prove to be a definite advantage.  So will experience with any other type of instrument, such as a recorder, or singing in a choir. Even basic music knowledge gives students a head start. They generally tend to progress quicker than average.


How Much Do Lessons Cost?

£25 for 30 minutes (when paid for the month in advance)

30 minute single lesson price…£27


£48 for 60 minutes (when paid for the month in advance)

60 minute single lesson price…£50

(Effective from 1 Jun 2021, reviewed annually)


The printed music books we use cost an additional £7.00 each and will be required every 6-12 months depending on progress.

My fees are similar to all other teachers in this area.  You really need to find a teacher you ‘click’ with because ideally this will be a regular arrangement that lasts for quite some time.  I am quite lighthearted because I believe learning should be fun - a big clue is in the name of my business :-)


How Do You Pay For Lessons?

Payment for lessons is monthly in advance.  This is usually for a 4 or 5 week period and is made on the last week of the month. Most students pay by internet bank transfer (preferred).  Cash or cheque are also fine.  

If a lesson is cancelled with 24 hours or MORE notice, a credit is given towards next month.   If a lesson is cancelled with LESS than 24 hours notice, e.g. due to illness or travel delays, NO refund is offered.  If known in advance the lesson will be missed (e.g. annual holidays), these weeks do not have to be paid for. Ideally students should attend every week where possible (including school holidays but excluding public holidays), unless other arrangements have been made.

There is no minimum number of lessons to sign up for.  If you no longer want to continue, no hard feelings, at least you gave it a go.  Please give as much notice as you possibly can.

 

 What About Parking?

There are no parking restrictions in Ladwell Close.  Please park respectfully so my neighbours have access to their own driveways.  


Piano Quotes



 "The piano is the easiest instrument to play in the beginning, and the hardest to master in the end"...Vladimir Horowitz


 
"The pianoforte is the most important of all musical instruments: its invention was to music what the invention of printing was to poetry"...George Bernard Shaw


 

"There is nothing to it.  You only have to hit the right notes at the right time and the instrument plays itself"...Johann Sebastian Bach


 

"Without a piano I don't know how to stand, don't know what to do with my hands"...Norah Jones

 


"The piano is able to communicate the subtlest of universal truths by means of wood, metal and vibrating air"...Kenneth Miller


"When I first fell in love with the piano, I knew it was me.  I was dying to play"...Alicia Keys

 


"I'm an interpreter of stories.  When I perform it's like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories"...Nat King Cole

 


"If I'm going to hell, I'm going there playing the piano"...Jerry Lee Lewis




 

"I guess, you know, if I didn't make it with the piano, I guess I would've been the biggest bum"...Thelonious Monk

 

"Pianos are such noble instruments - they're either upright or grand"...Anonymous