Welcome to Piano Lessons London: the definitive guide to learning the piano in London.
How do you go about learning the piano in London? How do I find a good teacher? How many lessons do I need to become a decent player? What piano or keyboard should I get? How often should I practise and have lessons? How much should I pay for lessons?
If you want answers to these questions, you’ve come to the right place. This site offers advice on all aspects of learning the piano in London.
The first thing you should realise is that lessons alone won’t be enough. You need the time and willingness to practise regularly between your lessons. If you’re serious about learning the piano, then forget about studying songs from YouTube or other digital course on your own. You may well pick up bad habits that will be hard to get rid of. So get yourself a real experienced piano teacher who can explain and show you the proper technique in one-to-one sessions. He or she will monitor your progress and offer invaluable advice specific to your needs and abilities. Only those students who persevere with regular practice, preferably daily, will see results that will propel them to new heights. But you have to practise in a smart way. Refrain from messing about during your practice sessions at home. You must focus. Concentrate fully and dedicate the time and effort required to become the pianist you want to be.
If you have no clue where to start, this is what we recommend:
- Do some internet research and make a list of 2 or 3 teachers that you like.
- Have trial lessons with each one of them and see who impresses you the most.
- After a couple of lessons, decide whether you want to invest in a piano or keyboard for your home (your teacher should be able to help you with that).
- Keep practising until you can read notes fluently and play on the keys with relative ease.
- After a couple of months, reassess your progress and if all goes well, start listening to piano pieces you enjoy and ask your teacher if you can learn them.
- Take the time to learn these pieces without rushing.
- Enjoy the feeling of playing for yourself or your friends who will no doubt be impressed.
- Start recording yourself.
- Start composing your own pieces, recording and uploading them to YouTube.
- See your videos go viral, quit your boring job and become a star.
OK we cannot guarantee the last point, but what we can guarantee is that if you don’t try, you will never get anywhere.
Piano Teachers in London
Finding the right piano teacher in London is critical. It’s a difficult task because many teachers who claim to be experts are not. You can go to an online tutoring agency and most of the teachers there will be young graduates who have little or no experience in teaching the piano. Most tutoring agencies take as much as 30% commission from every lesson you book with a teacher. Most students are not even aware of this.
You’re much better off making direct contact with a private teacher or piano school. Maybe try your local area first, bearing in mind that you may have to travel further afield for a top instructor. Read online reviews of piano teachers and look for both the positive and negative reviews.
A respected site where you can search for a teacher is https://www.musicteachers.co.uk. They have partnered with the Musicians’ Union (MU) which is a trade union representing over 30,000 musicians. Another useful resource with a searchable database of piano teachers is the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), which is the UK’s professional body for musicians. Also check out our own reviews of various piano teachers/schools in London.