Piano Starters (ages 6&7 or 8&9)

Piano Starters

Monday 4:20pm-5pm • for ages 6 & 7 • 8th January - 16th July    
Saturday 10:20am-11am • for ages 8 & 9 • 
6th January - 14th July
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Two-term course • £286 total for two terms, including a tutor book. 
£160 deposit is payable when booking; the balance of £126 is due one calendar month after the course begins.
: Charlton House
Tutors: Alicia Chaffey, Neus Perris
Group size: maximum 6 children

For beginners.

Course description

Learn to play piano in this friendly group class, which covers technique, music-reading and performance skills. In our instrument beginner classes, children develop further as musicians, learning the fundamentals of instrumental technique in a fun and encouraging group setting.

In Piano Starters, children will learn fundamental piano technique and how to read and interpret music notation, perform a variety of music as a soloist and as part of the group, and compose and improvise their own music.

Short weekly practice tasks are set, so children start to build a regular practice routine from the outset, helping them to make enjoyable progress and preparing them for the regular practice needed to master an instrument.

As a two-term course with six children in a class, this course offers time and space for real progression. At the end of the course children will have a solid grounding in the instrument and will be ready to move on to small group lessons, paired or individual tuition.


To take part in this course, students will need a piano, digital piano, or keyboard to practice on, and will need to set aside 10 mins each day for practice in term one, 15 minutes per day in term two.

There are a variety of options for instruments at this stage:

  • Acoustic piano - can be bought new from around £1500, or hired from a piano shop from £40 per month. Please note, shops will charge a delivery cost on top of this. A good acoustic piano will last your child for their entire music education.
  • Digital piano - can be bought new from around £220 - £6000, or bought second hand. These are the next best thing to an acoustic piano, aiming to mimic the sound and feel of a real piano. Will last the first few years of playing, or much more for more advanced models.
    Example: SDP-2 Stage Piano, Yamaha's Arius or Clavinova ranges.
  • Keyboard - can be bought new from around £50. Are shorter than a real piano and don’t mimic the feel. A good keyboard will be “touch sensitive” (plays louder or softer depending on how much you press they keys), important for children to explore loud and soft playing. Will need replacing shortly after the end of this course to allow further progress.
    Examples: Yamaha PSR E363 (touch sensitive), Casio CTK-2300 (not touch sensitive), MK-1000 (budget)