Compton Piano Studio > Piano Lessons in Warwick, Warwickshire
Piano Lessons in the Warwick, Warwickshire area with pianist and piano teacher Susan Compton
- ABSM Piano Recital
- ABSM Keyboard Teaching
What ages do you teach?
I accept piano, electronic keyboard and music theory students from the age of 7 years upwards.
Do you accept adult beginners for piano lessons?
Absolutely! I positively welcome adult beginners who wish to learn piano and/or electronic keyboard
How much do piano lessons cost?
- 30 minute lessons: £15
- 45 minute lessons: £22.50
- 60 minute lessons: £30
Lessons are generally for 30 minutes (advanced students may require 45 to 60 minute lessons) with payment due at the beginning of each lesson or, if preferred, payment in advance per term or half term.
How often are lessons taken?
Regular, weekly lessons are reserved per term in advance with my term times generally following local school terms. I also offer one or more optional lessons throughout some holiday periods.
Do you offer flexible lesson times for adult students?
Lessons taken between the hours of 3.30 to 6.30pm are reserved primarily for students wishing to reserve a regular, weekly time slot. Lessons taken outside these times may be reserved on a more flexible basis to fit around other commitments.
Do you offer a trial lesson?
Yes, all students are offered the opportunity to come for a trial lesson before reserving any further lessons. This trial lesson allows me to discover if my lessons are likely to be of benefit to you and at the same time allowing you to consider if you wish to go ahead and reserve further lessons.
Will I need to practise between lessons?
Yes, home practice is a vital part of the learning process for any musical instrument. This means that owning or having regular access to a piano is very important before reserving a series of lessons. Beginners should aim to practise for a minimum of ten to fifteen minutes for at least 5 days of the week, gradually building up and increasing this time as progress is made.
Which instrument should I purchase?
If you wish to learn the piano, an acoustic piano would be the ideal solution as the tone, touch and feel of a good quality acoustic piano cannot be matched by other keyboard instruments. If purchasing a second hand piano, it is important to ensure that it is in good working order and that it is tuned regularly every six months or so. The disadvantages of acoustic pianos are that they can be heavy and difficult to move, they take up a lot of space, require regular tuning and can be expensive.
A digital piano is an option worth consideration. While a good quality digital piano cannot entirely match the tone, feel and touch of a good quality acoustic, the digital has several advantages in that it does not require regular tuning or maintenance, is easier to move, takes up less space, the volume can be turned up or down and it can be played with headphones for quiet practice. Not only this, a digital piano may have a recording facility, a built in metronome and be capable of sounding other instruments, such as the organ, harpsichord, strings, flute, etc. Many modern digital pianos can also play back downloaded midi files from the internet. The most important thing to look for in a digital piano is that it has weighted keys, a good tone, pedals and a full size keyboard. Also, a digital piano is a far less expensive option although it may lose its value more quickly as newer, upgraded digitals continually become available.
I own an electronic keyboard. Can I use this for my regular piano practice?
Although electronic keyboards and pianos have a similar keyboard layout, (the electronic keyboard is noticeably shorter than the piano keyboard and may have smaller keys) in reality they are really quite separate instruments requiring different techniques and ability. Electronic keyboards are capable of producing many different instrumental sounds and have built in drum rhythms but do not have the full length keyboard, pedals or weighted keys which are essential requirements for piano playing. However, if you are uncertain about whether you or your child will enjoy learning to play the piano or even if you will be able to find enough time to practise regularly, an electronic keyboard may be an initial possible option. An electronic keyboard is acceptable for the first six months or so, but after this time you will need to consider purchasing a piano because you will be gradually learning techniques that are not possible to do using an electronic keyboard. If you are serious in your desire to learn the piano, perhaps the best solution would be to purchase an acoustic or digital piano from the outset of lessons.
I want to learn the electronic keyboard. Which keyboard should I purchase?
There is a wide range of Yamaha keyboards available for all levels of electronic keyboard playing, suitable for all pockets from around £100 to £3500.
Will I need to purchase any materials?
Although I do provide certain materials for students, it will be necessary to purchase sheet music as and when required, either online or from a local music shop.
How can I help my child while he or she is learning the piano?
Regularly taking an interest in your child’s progress, listening to practice and encouraging your child when he or she has practised well can work wonders and should not be under estimated!
Can I take exams?
All students who practise regularly and who demonstrate commitment to meet the necessary level required for an exam will be offered the opportunity to enter the ABRSM practical piano exams. Exams are available three times each year, during the Spring, Summer and Autumn terms. My studio enjoys an outstanding rate of high merit and distinction passes. However, exams are not a formal requirement of piano lessons – some of my students are learning to play the piano as a leisure activity only, preferring not to take formal exams.