Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you teach beginners?

Yes, plenty of my students have never played the piano before their first lesson. I teach all ability levels whether you have never read music before, have never played the piano before, used to play and would like to take it up again, just fancy a change of instrument, or do wish to take more advanced classes. Lessons will be tailored to suit you, so come along and give it a try!

Where are you based?

I teach all of my piano lessons from my dedicated teaching studio on Hazlehead Place, Aberdeen, AB15 8HD. It is the perfect place to learn to play the piano, in a calm relaxed environment. Click on the map below to bring up my rough location on Google Maps. My full teaching address will be provided upon booking your first lesson.

Piano Lessons Aberdeen Map

Can I take exams?

Absolutely. I am more than happy to take you through piano exams with the London College of Music exam board if you wish. Exams are great for providing motivation and structure to a course of lessons, with a specific target. It also provides the basis for a well-rounded understanding of the instrument - not to mention vital UCAS points that can be earned for younger students looking to enter university by undertaking the higher grades.

What if I don’t want to take exams?

Exams aren’t compulsory, don’t worry! Music is something to be enjoyed, and there’s nothing more fun than having a go at the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack, or relaxing with something Classical. Bring along anything you particularly want to learn or let me know and I'll try to find/write it out for you. 

Do you teach children?

Yes! I have taught many children to learn to play the piano, it is great for developing young students musicality and getting them excited by music! I tutor children from the age of 6 upwards, with lessons for young people working best as half-hour lessons each week. You are more than welcome to join us during the piano lesson if you wish to sit in!

Do I need anything before I start my first lesson?

Not at all, I am happy to supply a keyboard during our lessons if you do not have one.

Do we need a piano to learn?

If you are a beginner, a keyboard will be fine. All students who are Grade 1 level and up should be practising on a piano to develop finger technique and you would be surprised at the many places you can go to practice on a piano in Aberdeen. Local music shops, the University of Aberdeen and local churches all have pianos you can use for a small fee if you don't have a piano at home!

Can a parent watch? 

Absolutely! Although from experience I believe children tend to progress better without the added pressure of a parent watching. But parents should encourage their children to play and practice between lessons.

Will I get to play songs of my own choice?

Yes, every lesson is tailored to the individual and I will try my best to accommodate any song or genre requests from pupils. 



Classical & Modern

My lessons are focused around helping you to learn to play the piano through the music that you enjoy listening to. Whether that is Coldplay or Chopin, modern or Mozart, the content of our lessons will be shaped by your musical preferences.

I have taught many beginner students over the years, so even if you have never sat at the piano before but are interested in learning to play then my lessons are for you. Whatever your goals on the piano I can help you to achieve them!

You have absolutely nothing to lose, give me a call now on 03455 270931 or email info@pianolessonsaberdeen.com to find our more!

Piano Teacher Aberdeen
I have only been learning the piano for a few months but I can already play lots of songs. I really enjoy my lessons with John and am starting to compose my own songs.

Experienced Piano Teacher All Ages Welcome - Specialist for Beginners - Professional Teacher