Music making is best done with friends which is why we believe group lessons are the best way to learn to play. In addition to being excellent value, children learn better and have more fun in a group situation. Music making is, by its very nature, a group activity and all musicians need to learn to play and interact with other musicians to reach their potential.
(Please note that whilst this video is a good guide to our ethos and approach, it was made before we moved to our permanent premises and all students now used fully weighted electronic pianos in the the lessons)
Regular practice at home is one of the main keys to success as a musician. Our practice mantra is, “A little, and often!” Students who attend a piano lesson with other children each week are more highly motivated to practice at home in order to ‘show off’ their playing skills to their friends and parents within the weekly class.
Every student at Primo Piano has their own high-quality weighted Yamaha digital piano to play during the 40 minute piano lesson. Class sizes are small, with between three and five students in each group. As children advance, classes often divide into smaller groups and then into a ‘shared’ lesson with a child of similar age (shared lessons are slightly shorter).
Elizabeth Keys, mother of Abigail – talking about their first Primo Piano session –“Abigail and I really enjoyed the session! She was so excited about it when she got home, more enthusiastic than I’ve seen her about anything!”
There are frequent opportunities for your child to ‘show back’ to the group what they have been learning. These informal, low-key performances build confidence and prepare children to perform well in concerts, examinations and life!
Dr Sue Hurrell, mother of Owen – talking about their first recital – “I loved yesterday’s little recital! Amazing that they all sat down in turn with no fuss and played to us all!”
The student is assisted by an adult (no previous playing experience necessary!) who sits next to their child at the piano. Parents and guardians play a key role in the learning process. Children are expected to practice five minutes most days with parental supervision. Over time, your child will be able to practice unaided for longer periods and you will no longer be required to sit in on the class -although you will be most welcome if you still wish to do so.
Suzanne Martin, mother of Olivia and Ethan, talking about her children’s first session – “It was nice to see such a well structured lesson”