In this section, we will reply to frequently asked questions of our students and their parents. If you didn’t find a reply to your particular question, please use the form below to ask it. We are here to help you and are keen to deliver the what you really need.
Who are our music lessons for?
- Early music for children 3 to 5 years old in small groups
- Children from 5 years old, seeking to achieve higher performance and preparing themselves for graded music exams, as well as for concerts
- Adults, who would like to fulfill their dream and to learn piano
- Parents with their children seeking to spend quality time together playing in an ensemble (4-handed piano, piano & another instrument, piano & singing)
- Music theory for all grades
- Music Coaching as emotional management (in grief, defining life phases, pre-natal time for better development of your baby and a closer connection between you and your baby, and other occasions).
In this group, you are welcome to share your experiences in practicing music as a lifestyle. You can post here photos of yourself and your loved ones doing music. In this way, you would encourage others to join this beautiful hobby. You can exchange music notes, ask for advice, and inform others about music events.
We warmly welcome everyone here and wish you an interesting exchange and inspiration.
What is our teaching approach?
Our vision is music for people. We believe that the purpose of music is to give us joy on happy days, support in times of grief, inspiration, the vision for the future. By learning music, you also learn skills that will help you to reach your other goals step by step with discipline, endurance, and self-confidence.
But first of all, music is here to build connection between people.
In our piano lessons in Malta you will:
- experience the feeling of success fast
- build the repertoire of your favorite music style
- be always able to play for friends
- enjoy even the process of learning – every step to your goal
- participate in concerts according to your wish
- prepare yourself for grading exams at your speed
How often should I have piano lessons?
In the early 80ties, as I was a child, we used to have 3 lessons piano plus 2 lessons solfeggio, 1 music history, and 2 hours choir – 8 hours a week in total. But nowadays, most people attend one lesson a week. To my students, I advise that it may be difficult to progress if you leave it any longer than once a week. Regular lessons, practicing at home, and participation in competitions, piano camps, and grading exams can push you forwards and boost motivation to practice more.
Should I let my kid quit piano?
You shouldn’t let your child quit piano lessons. One of the advantages of learning piano is that children learn to achieve their goals in a long run. Being able to abstain from the pleasure in favor of practicing is a quality for life. Remember the Marshmallow experiment? The 40 years long study showed that children who were able to wait for gratification were more likely to succeed in life as adults.
Instead of giving up and quitting lessons, you can do the following:
- Give your child some time and organize a daily practice routine: Playing piano at the same time of the day for at least 20 minutes.
- Be patient and don’t put expectations on your child. Don’t compare him or her with others, but express your joy, if you see progress.
- Talk to the teacher about possible reasons: Why does your child want to quit? How does he or she feel during lessons?
Very often, children say that they want to quit, because they want to have more time for other activities. What would be the alternative? Would you be happy with it? How often did your child already quit an activity?
Btw., to quit for a reason to become better at school was proved wrong already many times. Children who do this, usually don’t become better at school, but worse. The reason is simple: Learning piano demands a good portion of discipline, creativity, cognitive ability, and dedication. Exactly the qualities that also make children succeed at school. No wonder that all our piano students are also good at school.
To continue with piano lessons means to invest in your child’s future and his or her sense of commitment.
How many hours a day should you practice piano?
It depends on the age of the student and his or her goals. For little children of 3 to 6 years old is important that they have access to the piano and can play “in-between” throughout the day. Ask them now and then to perform something and show your excitement while listening. At this age, encouragement is everything.
The main goal for children from 6 years is to gain regularity in their practicing. 20 minutes a day is a good reference point. Guide them to practice every day at the same time, so that after a while they will feel a need for practice and it becomes a good habit.
For 14+ students and adults spending an hour every day is a sufficient amount of time to improve your piano skills. If you wish to practice for several hours every day, you can break the practice time into smaller portions spaced throughout the day.