Frequently asked questions
You are most welcome to join S & C, even if you are an absolute beginner without any prior musical experience. Our piano courses are designed for adults who are brand new to music, so no previous knowledge is necessary to join. Learning how to read music notation and theory will be part of your piano course, so there is nothing to worry about.
Definitely not. We believe that there is no age limit to learn and enjoy playing the piano for your pleasure.
I have always dreamed of playing the piano, but I do not believe that I have any talent for music. Is it possible for me to try?
Of course! You are most welcome to give it a try and book an introductory lesson to find out if playing the piano is really what you want to do. Be reassured that there is no need to possess any talent to join S & C. We believe that all adults can play the piano thanks to the expert guidance of our excellent piano instructors.
You do not need to own a piano to start your piano course. The purchase of the most suitable instrument for you to begin your education can be discussed with your instructor during your first piano lesson. He or she will be able to make a recommendation and advise on the best piano store to visit.
Absolutely! S & C is entirely dedicated to adults who wish to play for their pleasure and enjoyment, so you are more than welcome to join.
You need to practice if you intend to make any progress. Attending your piano lessons will offer you the guidance and feedback needed to improve in the right direction, but a personal daily practice is necessary to enhance your piano skills.
It all depends on your current pianistic level. As a complete beginner, you can start with 15 minutes each day to get into the habit of practising daily. It should then increase to 30 minutes quite rapidly as you will need enough time to review and improve the material that has been studied during your piano lessons.
I have played the piano as a child, and I have awful memories of my lessons. Will my instructor be harsh with me?
Not at all. All our piano instructors have been selected for their remarkable understanding of adults who play the piano for their pleasure. They are, therefore, extremely patient, kind and supportive. We can assure you that your instructor will never judge, patronise or criticise you negatively.
Yes, we do offer preparation to the ABRSM grade examinations from grade 1 to grade 8, but sitting the exams is not compulsory.
It is a complicated question to answer as it all depends on your abilities and the specific goal that you have in mind. As per our experience, we can, however, say that you should be able to play some exquisite simple piano pieces after a few lessons only.
The duration of your piano course depends on your personal goal after attending for a minimum of 4 months. Your lessons will then take place on an ongoing basis until you are satisfied with your piano playing or unable to pursue your education.
I now play the piano for over 30 years, and I would call myself an advanced amateur pianist. Do you have any instructor qualified enough to help me improve further?
Of course. If you are a proficient pianist, we would certainly recommend that you inform us before the beginning of your course. It should, therefore, be booked with one of our senior piano instructors, who possess the right set of skills and experience to help you improve further.
Absolutely. We know how daunting it can be for a classically trained pianist to step into jazz piano playing so we would be delighted to support you in your endeavour.
We are currently working with four piano instructors who have all been carefully selected by our founder Celine Gaurier-Joubert. They are all exceptional pianists and instructors who have a broad experience in adult piano education and a genuine passion for teaching adult amateur pianists.
As we do not follow a set syllabus but prefer adapting to each to provide you with the most suitable piano education possible, the content of our piano lessons depends on your current abilities, wishes and style studied.
At S & C, we understand that it can be difficult for some busy professionals to attend their piano lessons on a set day and time each week. We will be happy to accommodate you, but please inform us before signing up as any special request is subject to an extra fee and availability.