Piano Lessons

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Welcome to my piano teaching studio!

I’ve been teaching in the western suburbs of Mumbai since 2001, first in Andheri, and later in Bandra. My family moved to Kharghar in 2010 and I’ve been teaching here full-time since 2015.

Different styles of learning combined:  Read written music notation and study music theory, and also learn without written music. Have fun understanding music with rhythm exercises, movement and singing

Music from different genres: Learn with a combination of traditional piano method books, classical piano repertoire and modern piano pieces. Add a genre of your choice – jazz, pop, sacred music or any other genre.

The benefits of one-on-one teaching: Students taking Solo or Partner Lessons get teaching adapted to their individual learning styles and needs. Recorded Assignments, which are a part of both these lesson formats, help me identify individual learning needs and plan lessons to meet them.

Group Sight-reading Lessons: This suits students who can read written music and want to learn at a slower, more relaxed pace. These lessons are conducted on Fun Mondays!  

Towards Community: Fun Mondays! are open to all students enrolled in Solo or Partner Lessons at no charge. I encourage all my students to participate, and use these group sessions as an opportunity to meet each other.

I love teaching the piano and am a piano teacher and an educator. And also, a lifelong piano student.

Anita E Kohli

B. Com, PGDBA (Indo-German Training Centre), ATCL Piano

Lockdown Notice :

All In-Studio  Lessons have moved to Online Lessons since the lockdown that started in March 2020. I will resume teaching In-Studio  when it is completely safe to do so.

At that point, all my students may choose to go back to the lesson formats that were available pre-lockdown, or stay with the current lesson format.

The Lesson Structure :

  • All piano lessons are conducted online at present, due to the need for social distancing. Students have three options:
    • Solo Lessons (one student) + Recorded Assignments.
    • Partner Lessons (two students) + Recorded Assignments.
    • Group Sight-reading Lessons (four or more students).
  • Lesson Duration:
    • The duration of Solo and Partner Lessons varies with the students age and playing levels.
    • Reviewing Recorded Assignments takes me 15 to 20 minutes per student depending on the student’s playing level.
    • Group Sight-reading lessons last one hour.
  • Recorded Assignments are short video or audio recordings of  selected practise assignments and are due each week, one day before the lesson day.
  • Lesson Frequency: Students get one lesson each week on the allotted day and time slot between the 1st to the 28th of each month, except for:
    • Specified Public Holidays as per the list provided.
    • 2 / 3 Weeks Teacher Leave in the year for a week at a time.
    • May 23rd to 31st and December 22nd to 1st January.
  • Class is generally closed on the 29th to 31st of each month except where these dates are used to make up lessons when there are too many public holidays on one particular week day in the year.
  • Lessons missed by the student will not be made up:
    • Students are encouraged to opt for an Audio/Video Lesson, instead of missing their lesson.
    • And to attend Flex Lessons as an Advance Make Up for missed lesson.
  • Each student gets 9 paid lessons in a month plus Free ‘Flex’ Lessons.
  • Free ‘Flex’ Lessons are extra lessons offered over and above the students paid lessons. They are offered during my teaching days mentioned above, at the students regular lesson day and time slot.
  • The above teaching terms have a purpose:
    • Fixed working hours, which give me time to study regularly and keep improving my knowledge, and the quality of my teaching.
    • Easier scheduling and holiday planning for my student families, as all lessons are provided during my teaching days, at the students regular lesson day and time.
  • Privacy Policy: Student recordings and any student information is confidential, as it is strictly for teaching purposes and will not be made public. Videos on my YouTube channel or any other social media platform are recorded separately, hands only and the identity of my students is kept private.

Other Information about piano lessons

Audio/Video Lessons

Audio/Video Lessons are due one day before the lesson day. They are different from Recorded Assignments as they include ALL homework:

  1. Practise Recorded Assignments.
  2. Performance of all other work.
  3. Images of theory and written assignments if any.

I assess all work submitted as I would the weekly Recorded Assignments, and then use the lesson time to record teaching videos or write any teaching notes if needed. These are sent to my students along with their Assignment Sheet.

Piano exams

  1. Examinations are optional and students may choose to study with or without them.
  2. Students may choose to appear for piano exams through Trinity College London, ABRSM or LCM. Online examinations are now an option.
  3. Students will appear for examinations as students of Anitaelise Piano Studio.
  4. Any holiday plans between payment of examination fees and the exam date need to be discussed with me before fee payment.
  5. Students will need regular practise and attendance to be well prepared for their piano examinations.
  6. Students will be assessed prior to paying their examination fees, as well as a month before the examination, so they have an idea of their readiness for the examination.

Recordings for Social Media

  1. Any performance recordings that I publish at my blog, or on social media platforms will be with a hands only view.  The names and identity of my students will not be disclosed.
  2. These videos or recordings will be permanently added to my channel and will stay there for as long as I keep them there.
  3. Recordings of class demonstrations will be provided by me when needed, or when students ask for them.

Public Performances

Please remember that what sounds wonderful to a student may be just ‘barely ready’ with a lot of rough edges that need to be sorted out with further practise. Students will therefore need my approval before they participate in any music events or public performances.

Some Rules, Guidelines and Information

  1. Practising daily at home is not negotiable. Goals will be set jointly with students, keeping in mind what they want to learn, and the preferred pace. Students who cannot practise will be asked to take a break and return when they can practise.
  2. My teaching policies help me work without stress and help me plan my schedule in advance. This helps me study, practise and work on lesson plans, so that I give my best to each student.
  3. For In-Studio Lessons:
    • Students will use the teaching premises and pianos with care, as instructed.
    • Food, water and sticky hands need to be kept away from the piano and any equipment or furniture.
    • Children are not allowed to walk over the furniture.
    • Playing on the floor is good, and I always have toys lying around for young children.
    • Students need to remain in the teaching room, unless they need to use the washroom. The rest of my home is private and students are not allowed to explore it.
    • Please use mild deodorants and perfumes when you visit, and refrain from spraying your clothes with these products as I am allergic to strong perfumes.
    • All minors will be picked up or dropped for class by a family member or any person authorised, who has been introduced to me, and who leaves after I have opened the door and let the child in.
    • Students need arrive and leave on time. For occasional late pick-ups, please leave without disturbing the lesson of the next student.
  4. For On-Line Lessons:
    1. Please set-up in advance and check your set-up. My post A Student’s Guide To Online Piano Lessons will help new students with this.
    2. Video/Audio Lessons will replace online lessons when lessons cannot be done online due to internet or power issues.
  5. I reserve the right to stop lessons for any reason I think fit and will refund fees for lessons not taken if I do so after payment has been made.

Teaching and Phone Call Timings

  1. Solo and Partner Lessons are conducted on:
    • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4pm to 8pm.
    • Saturday slots from 2.30pm to 4.30pm will be available from October 2020 onwards.
    • Group Sight-Reading Lessons are on Mondays, 5pm for children and teens & 7pm for adults.
  2. Phone Call timings:
    • Weekdays 10.30am to 8pm for all.
    • Saturdays 10.30 am to 4.30pm, for students taking lessons on Saturday only.
    • The best time to call me is on weekdays, 2pm to 4pm.
  3. Please call or SMS for important communications. I check WhatsApp on my computer only, once a day.

What You Pay For

Fees cover the costs of your Online or Video or In-Studio Piano Lessons, as well as a Review of Recorded Assignments (15 to 20 minutes per student) where it is part of the lesson. 

Books, Permissions and Copyright

  1. Fees cover the cost of all books for students living within India if they provide a mailing address, as books are sent via courier only.
  2. Students who don’t provide a mailing address, or students who live outside India will get access to a limited amount of digital sight-reading music that is licensed for distribution via email. They will purchase all other books on their own.
  3. All students will need to purchase their own homework book – an A4 sized 100-page lined exercise book. As well as additional theory manuscripts, once the first they are provided with is used up.
  4. Digital music students receive from me, whether via email or via courier is licensed for use by my students only, and for the duration of learning with me only.
  5. All books and material used is legal and the use of unlicensed photocopies is not allowed.
  6. Making copies and circulating any books or materials provided, or using it for any purpose other than mentioned above, violates the terms under which it has been given.
Thank you for respecting the above terms and helping composers earn a living.

Fee Calculation and Due Dates

  1. A One-Time Non-Refundable Admission Fee  is a fixed amount and comes with the following benefits:
    • Access to my music theory website.
    • Students get their piano books within their fee, as per the terms mentioned above under ‘Books, Permissions and Copyright’.
    • It functions as one months notice when students stop lessons and students get the last month of learning free. 
  2. Fees are payable as a lumpsum – a Quarterly Fee for 3 months at a time. 
  3. Fees for students enrolling mid-quarter are calculated pro-rata, for the number of months left in the quarter.
  4. Fees are due in advance on the 10th of the month before the period they pertain to. Fees remaining unpaid 5 days later, after the 15th will have an additional Late Fee, to cover the time I spend on extra administration work for late payments.
  5. Fee payments are accepted via NEFT only.
  6. Receipts are provided via email, within 48 hours of receipt.

An example of fee calculation for different enrolment months

Enroll from: June July
Quarter: April-June July-September
Fee Amount: Admission Fee

Quarterly Fee/3

Admission Fee

Quarterly Fee

Next due date: 10 June 10 September
Last due date: 15-Jun 15-Sep

Booking Lessons

  1. Lessons are booked by paying fees.
  2. Fee payment is understood to be your consent to the terms and conditions on this page.

How to enroll in piano class

  1. Click here to send me a message.
  2. Remember to add your contact details.
  3. Give me a brief idea of your age, current occupation, what you want to learn  and any music qualifications or knowledge you already have. This helps me know what kind of class to offer you.
  4. You will need to meet me in-person or on a video call for an interview where we will talk about what you want to learn. I will explain the class and the fee structure at the interview.
  5. The class slot you have selected will be reserved for you after you book it by paying your fees.

Piano teaching is my profession as well as my hobby. I enjoy helping my students work towards their goals – whether it’s learning for relaxation or learning for achievement, exams and performances.

Would you like to know more? If so, please scroll up to the menu and take a look at my piano teaching blog. Or contact me for more information.