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  • What will students learn in piano lessons?
    Students will learn different techniques to play the piano. They will learn to read standard music notation (treble and bass). They will learn by rote (copying the teacher). They will also be taught to improvise and compose using musical techniques amd following musical structures.
  • Are lessons individual or shared?
    Lessons can be individual or shared (2 students). Individual and shared lessons are decided, largely, on availability at the school. In shared lessons, both students have access to their own instrument for the duration of the lesson. Please note, that if one student drops out of a shared lesson, then this lesson will become an individual lesson (and costed as such), unless there is someone to fill the shared lesson space. Please fill out the contact form to find out the current availability at your child's school.
  • How long does each lesson last?
    Individual lessons last for 15 minutes and shared lessons last for 20 minutes.
  • When do lessons take place?
    Lessons take place during school time. Students are placed on a rota so they have a piano lesson at a different time each week. Students will be called for their lesson. They don't have to remember when the lesson takes place.
  • How will I know what progress my child is making?
    Students are given a document wallet which they should bring to each lesson. They have a practice diary which will indicate their progress and practise each week. There is also space for parents to communicate with the teacher if required. In the student resources section you can follow your child's progress by looking at the curriculum section. Here you will see the objectives and what your child has learned in each lesson.
  • What are student resources?
    In lessons, I play piano accompaniments to support the students. I also use backing tracks to accompany them as they play, so they can practise with these at home. QR Codes will be given (and stuck into books), for access to resources as your child starts lessons. This includes, backing tracks and reminder videos.
  • How much do lessons cost?
    An Individual lesson is £7.50 per lesson and shared lesson is £5.50 per lesson. Fees will be charged based upon the number of lessons available for teaching over the term. Fees are paid termly, in advance, upon receipt of an invoice. Payment is due in full within 2 weeks, by bank transfer. Payment in 2 instalments can also be arranged prior to the term. Please note, that lesson costs are non-refundable in the case of absence or illness of the child. However, if a lesson has to be cancelled by Rachel Gregory, then lessons will either be re-arranged, money deducted from the following term’s fees or a refund given.
  • Do I need a piano at home?
    Your child will need access to either a piano or a keyboard at home. (Keyboards make an excellent birthday present!). Details on where to purchase can be provided. Practise is essential in the success of learning to play the piano. Regular practise at home should be encouraged.
  • How do I cancel lessons?
    A half term's notice is required in writing to terminate lessons.
  • How do I sign up?
    Go to the 'apply' section of the website. Fill out and sign the contract form. You will be contacted upon receipt of the signed contract form and lessons will commence as soon as there is availability at your child's school.
  • Are there any additional costs?
    You will be required to purchase a teaching book. For Book 1, the book costs £16-17 but this will then last approximately 18 months to 2 years (progress is largely determined by the amount of home-practise and ability). For Book 2, students will need to purchase both the Repertoire book (Approximately £17) and the Technique book (Approximately £10). Details of the books are given in FAQ.
  • What is the name of the first method book I need to buy?
    The first method book is called Piano Safari: Repertoire 1 - NEW REVISED 2nd EDITION 2018 by Fisher, K & Knerr, J ISBN: 1470613174 Publisher: Piano Safari It is available online around £16. NB This book will last at least 18 months (depending upon practice)
  • What is the name of the second method book I need to buy?
    The second book is called Piano Safari Repertoire Book 2 by Katherine Fisher Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co (Large) (14 Mar. 2018) ISBN-10: 1470611937 ISBN-13: 978-1470611934 This book is widely available online and costs approximately £17. Also required: Piano Safari: Technique Book 2 Paperback – 1 Sept. 2018 by Katherine Fisher and Julie Knerr Publisher ‏ : ‎ Piano Safari; UK Edition (1 Sept. 2018) ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1470611945 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1470611941 This book is widely available online and costs approximately £10
  • What safeguarding measures are in place?
    I have fully up-to-date DBS certificates completed by the schools. I have also completed Nottinghamshire County Council Safeguarding training I adhere to the safeguarding policies at your child's school and communicate with the teacher responsible for safeguarding.
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