Using the correspondence method doesn't slow down or accelerate one's progress and development so the answer would be the same if you took private piano lessons. Learning how to play the piano to a master (virtuoso) level actually takes 25 to 40 years. If you play the piano for the pleasure and only wish to play simple pieces, a period of 6 months to a year would probably be sufficient for you to understand the basics of piano playing.
In any case it depends on each individual, ability and time put into your piano practice on a daily basis.
In order to help you develop your piano playing, we will send you a well balanced musical diet of video/audio/notation and written instructions. Depending upon the program you have selected, you will have the privilege to submit samples of your work to us and our master instructor will then evaluate your playing and give you detailed feedback.
Please note that recording material can easily be accomplished with a smart phone. You do not need to worry about the quality of the audio or video as our master instructor will immediately understand what you need to work on.
Yes please feel free to join - I look forward to teaching you again and it is always an immense pleasure to see previous students returning! Since we already have a working relationship it will be very easy for me to take your piano playing to the next level. As always you're very welcome!
Absolutely, the amazing thing about our correspondence piano classes is that you can restart from your last lesson. Please remember that lessons are highly-personalised (we don't hand out the same material to everyone, all lessons are tailored to your ability and goals) and we will make sure to take you from the level where you're at to the next level. If you have developed your piano playing to a much higher level and restart we will take that into account and ensure you get catered for in the best way possible.
A month's notice is require before stopping your lessons. The primary reason for this is that we spend a lot of time organising and arranging your personalised lessons for your benefit. We need to know when you intend to stop and then we can plan accordingly. Please remember with correspondence piano lessons that you can re-start your class at anytime. All the details of the work we've done together will be on file and we can take it from where your last correspondence lesson.
The course is structured weekly or bi-weekly for a very good reason. People don't learn how to play properly with a lesson once in a while. Out of many hundreds of students taught, we've found the best method is to stick to lessons that re-occur on a regular basis. It amplifies your chance for learning and playing successfully many many times and your progress will be evident to everyone. Students who attended once-in-a-while often gave up, become frustrated and developed a haphazard playing technique. Material is sent out to you weekly or bi-weekly (with lots of interaction in between). Regular lessons are the only true way to learn and become a successful pianist.
Yes it is absolutely possible. In this modern internet age, many people choose to complete MBAs and order degrees entirely via the internet with correspondence classes. Text books and materials get posted to them and they learn via a long-distance correspondence method. We don't need to see you in person to teach you how to play the piano. With a combination of different learning methods, you will have an entire library of piano lessons at hand (for you to review at all times). You will receive a lesson plan along with audio/video material to help you learn the piano. To help you overcome your skepticism, imagine you learned piano with a DVD that you've purchased from the internet. In this DVD the instructor shows you how to play the piano using video and audio. I am sure you are not skeptical about learning from a DVD. The big difference is that you cannot talk to the DVD or ask questions regarding your left hand thumb position! You will also not receive additional material that's bespoke to your piano playing! The DVD is a one-way learning medium and it stops there. With correspondence classes there's interaction with a variety of methods and you will also be invited to all our social events in Central London. It's in fact the perfect method to learn and you cannot get the same quality from a local piano teacher. Our minimum term is one month and you can evaluate for yourself whether it's worth it or not. We're confident it is!
You can study with your local piano teacher, but it is highly likely than he or she will not give you the same quality. Celine has studied with the greatest masters of piano in the world and the information you will receive from her is impossible to beat! (Her own mentor Edson Elias won 13 international classical piano competitions). She has been through the most rigorous study of the instrument and she had lessons with the best of the best. On top of that she loves teaching adults how to play the piano and most teachers prefer teaching children or advanced adults who can already play. Her own parents play music for the pleasure so she understand that you are not looking for laborious scales and heartless exercises, but rather material to express your love for the piano.
To give you a comparison - you would not go to the local hairdresser because it's convenient, most people prefer finding a hairdresser who provides excellent quality so they don't have to worry about having bad hair days! With a mediocre piano teacher you will learn bad habits and most definitely not get the same level of training. (It's especially crucial to get excellent classes if you are busy!)
It's really not that much different from learning with a private teacher. (Although we can assure you that finding a private teacher that will give you the quality that we will give will be very very improbable!). With the utilisation of text,audio,video and other methods you will learn the piano just as if you were studying on a private basis with Celine. Yes, it is true that often times intimate access can give you the best result, but in the end music is about hearing sound so it's more important to listen and study via your ear than your eye!
It's also important to remember that learning via correspondence piano classes gives you the IDEAL opportunity to decide when you want to study the material. Most busy professionals who study on a private basis with Celine do so after work. Although it's convenient for them (they work in the City of London near Celine's private piano studio) they can sometimes feel a little tired. Learning by correspondence makes it possible to decide when you want to learn and you could block out a morning/afternoon or evening that suits you!
Lastly you can also combine the correspondence classes with private lessons if you choose. This is a highly effective method of learning and sometimes the best. It all boils down to your personality, what you want to achieve and how you wish to learn.