Tuesday 24 March 2009 6.16am
I'm a concert pianist living on Bermondsey Street
, and a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. From my experience, I would say avoid the adult keyboard classes that are offered by some of the above mentioned institutions (there's another institution near London Bridge which is really to be avoided, I don't think I could name names here). I've had beginner students who started off with those group classes, for cheaper price, but also ended up with terrible habits and technique that I had to spend lots of time correcting. The problem is, everyone learns differently, and mistakes need to be corrected on an individual basis. A group class setting just doesn't allow that kind of care.
It's better to start off with one-on-one lessons, see how you get on, in terms of time commitment and if you get along with the teacher. If you can't afford to have full hour lessons, better to do half hour lessons, but keep the momentum up. It's like going to the gym....
'nuff rambling. good luck!