Home Piano Lessons in the Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Finsbury Park vicinity
Hello there, I'm Alvin.
I am a piano teacher offering home piano lessons.
I travel to Crouch End, Hornsey, Muswell Hill, Islington, Finsbury Park, Highgate and Wood Green. The range of postcodes I cover includes N4, N5, N6, N8, N10, N17, N19 and N22.
I teach you to play adaptations of well-known music. I cover genres such as classical, pop, rock, anime, metal and jazz. The music I use in lessons is familiar, current, and at a suitable level of difficulty.
I also prepare students for graded practical examinations and teach song-writing and composition.
I have fifteen years' experience, and have full and current DBS clearance.
Why Learn the Piano With Me?
You learn positively, with music tailored to your abilities.
We work from music that you can play and move on to more difficult repertoire as your skills and concentration improve. The focus is positive, on what you can do and what you can aim for.
I develop your current piano skills so you can continually play harder, impressive-sounding music.
You get to play music you like.
Piano playing requires co-ordination of six or seven tasks, and it is always reassuring and satisfying to know you are playing the correct notes.
Playing songs you are familiar with also helps with improve the reading of musical notation, because you have already have an idea of what the music should sound like, and hence know what the written notes, rhythmic symbols and expression marks are trying to convey.
In my own time, I write out and arrange your favourite songs at a suitable level of difficulty for you to play, at no extra charge to you.
Do you know any other piano teacher who does that on a regular basis?
I charge reasonable rates and am flexible.
My rates vary depending on your location, but they are comparable to rates charged by local music services for children's piano lessons in schools. The current rate charged by Haringey Music Service is £32.00 per hour for the academic year 2017-18.
In some cases - such as when siblings have lessons, and if I'm already in your area - I charge the school lesson rate, or less !
I teach in areas such as Crouch End, Hornsey, Finsbury Park, Muswell Hill and Wood Green, and my travel costs are shared among students. Please contact me to ask - my rates are frequently lower than most teachers who do home visits.
You have control over the timing.
I visit your home to give piano lessons, which means you have a great degree of control over various factors. The first is the timing.
If you are considering piano lessons for a child, it would be good beforehand to know that piano lessons in school may sometimes be timetabled over lunch time (unfortunately, music teachers are paid an hourly rate so it works to their advantage to timetable lessons as closely as possible). If you have a child signed up for piano lessons in school, they may either have to miss a bit of lunch time, and make up for a bit of missed academic time if they are pulled out to attend piano lessons timetabled during these times. Your child may also have to remember to turn up for lessons of their own accord as these will not be made up if missed.
The latter point is especially true if they are in secondary school, because music tutors are not expected to fetch students out of classes to do piano lessons. Secondary school students have piano lessons on a rotating timetable so they do not miss the same academic lesson, and have to come out of different lessons, which may be difficult for them to remember, or they may not be let out by class teachers because they may be doing an important science experiment, having a test, or a supply teacher unfamiliar with instrumental lesson procedures may not let them out to attend their lessons. Choosing a piano teacher that visits your home means you have a lesson at a time that works for you.
And what if the piano lesson is for yourself, a working adult? I work around your schedule and try to find mutually convenient times, which may or may not be on the same day every week. I have taught junior doctors who worked shifts, professionals who travel frequently, and artistes who have had to carve out piano lesson times amidst rehearsals and shows.
You have control over the setting.
Besides the timing, you also have control over the level of background noise. Considering the piano teacher in your child's school? Piano lessons in schools may be timetabled over lunch or break times, which means that not only might your child feel resentful over missing out on playtime, there is a lot of noise coming from the outside which may impact on concentration and ability to focus.
You also have control over where you site the piano. In one school where I was a visiting piano teacher, the only place for the piano was in a shared room, which meant the children having piano lessons had to try to focus while some learning support lessons were going on in the other part of the room, which is not ideal. In another school I teach at, the piano room is set within the main music classroom, so there is always the sound of keyboards, pianos, guitars and drum kits outside the practice room. Piano lessons interfere with class lessons, and vice versa.
By having me visit your home, you have control over the teaching location and you get a piano teacher who works along with how you want to set it out. You arrange things the way you like them and I work with that. Furthermore you can manage the level of extraneous noise and set out the best conditions for yourself or your child - whoever it is that is having the lesson - to focus.
You get better, direct communication.
Peripatetic music teachers often teach in various schools during the day, as well as privately after school hours. If your child is signed up for piano lessons in school, the only time you may have an opportunity to see the piano teacher would be at parents evenings, which instrumental teachers may not be obliged to or may not be able to attend. (They are not necessarily paid to attend such meetings, or may be teaching.) Hence there is little opportunity to discuss with teachers about progress, and for many, the only contact between teacher and parent is an annual report. Sometimes there may also be a student lesson notebook where you can record messages but you would have to wait a week for a reply.
Having piano lessons privately with me means we can discuss progress and areas of concern immediately after the lesson. The feedback loop is instant, ever-ready, and you can even sit in on the lessons and observe your child's lesson if you wish. It's your house!
I have no cancellation fees.
I am particularly understanding if you need to cancel at short notice (e.g. due to child illness). Or maybe you've suddenly remembered about another appointment - as long as I've not appeared at your doorstep, that's fine!
Other music schools or tutors may require you to give 24 hours' notice for cancelling a lesson. I don't - no one plans an illness in advance! - and I understand that life sometimes just gets a little bit complicated for our liking!
Need a recap?
Music you like
A positive learning process
Control over timing and setting
No cancellation fees, no contract, no notice period!
If you are considering lessons either for yourself or your child, please contact me via one of the following ways:
by email: email@example.com
by text or phone: 0795 203 6516
In order for me to comprehensively answer your query, it is always useful for me to know the following:
(i) Your location (road name and/or postcode is sufficient);
(ii) The kind of piano you have (either upright, digital or electronic keyboard);
(iii) If you have been learning the piano elsewhere before, and for how long (if at all); and
(iv) The days and times you might possibly be free to have lessons on.
Blog Snippets - more in the Posts section!
We often speak of people learning an instrument by ear. Just what exactly does playing by ear entail? Simply put, it is the reproduction of a piece of music that has been heard, without the sheet music notation or without seeing anyone else play it. In other words, it is playing a song using memory, and partly through improvisation to fill in the missing gaps.
How can we learn to play by ear? As with other musical skills, it is something that can be developed. One of the ways to improve your ability is to hum familiar tunes and see if you can tell if these notes are higher or lower. Gradually keep practising at it, and further refine your ability to identify the gaps between notes. For example, the second note in a tune may be higher than the first, but by how much? Knowing the distance between the gaps of notes will help you to work out tunes once you know what the first couple of notes are.
Familiarise yourself with the sound of chords and accompanying patterns. Start by listening to music and trying to work out if the chords are major or minor. Also acquaint yourself with the sounds of common broken chord patterns, such as Alberti bass, arpeggiac, and open chords. A lot of the left hand parts in piano music are based on chords, and if you know what they sound like, or can identify the pattern that is played, you have less things to mentally retain.
For example, instead of you having to remember this string of notes:
CGEG CGEG FCAC FCAC GDBD GDBD AECE AECE
You merely remember:
Alberti bass, C major, F major, G major, A minor
Rather than retaining 32 notes, you are only retaining five pieces of information.
If you cannot identify the exact pattern that is being played in a song, you can use another pattern based on the chords.
How do you put all these in practice? Start by working out the notes of a melody first. Then try to establish the key and the chords you are likely to encounter by varying the notes in the tune to get different combinations.
When you are trying to figure out which chord to use, a good starting point is to use chords (in the left hand) that include notes that appear in the melody (right hand).
The skill and speed at which you can play a song by ear largely depends on your practised ability to translate what you hear into notes and patterns you have played. Being able to work out the melody of a song is a good start. Being able to work out chords and accompaniments is also a good stage to be at too. Learning to play by ear involves many attempts at aurally working out a song, where each iteration brings it closer to the original. And it involves a lot of developed practice. The pianists that can successively recreate a song at the first or second attempt are able to do so, only because they have done years of practice at listening to music, practised working out chords and patterns, and practised integrating the two skills.
It all comes down to practice. And the more you work at it, the more effortless it becomes, and the more talented you'll appear to be.
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