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Welcome to my piano teaching studio!

I’ve been teaching in Mumbai since 2001, first in Andheri West, and then in Bandra West. We moved to Kharghar in 2010 and I’ve been teaching here full-time since 2015.

I teach students of all ages in Solo lessons, planning lessons to suit individual styles of learning. I also offer Combination Lessons (Solo + Partner) to students who want the benefits of a Solo Lesson, and learn better when they have the company of another student to motivate them.

  • Different styles of learning

My piano students learn to read written music notation and study music theory. Lessons include rhythm exercises and singing. Some lessons have a ‘no book’ approach so that students learn by listening and copying (learning by rote). These different styles of learning help my students get a better understanding of music.

  • Music from different genres

I teach western classical piano music as well as hymns, pop and jazz, using a combination of traditional piano method books & books from the genre the student wishes to learn. My young students have fun with off-the-piano-bench activities, while I enjoy these activities because they have educational value.

  • The benefits of one-on-one teaching

My students get individual attention and the lesson plan is flexible and is adapted to the students learning style.

It’s wonderful to see my students grow in music. And to see the personality growth that results from all that goes into learning the piano. I love teaching the piano and am a piano teacher, an educator, and also, a lifelong student.

Anita E Kohli,

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


 ‘Piano At Home’ : Mini-Concerts

We had our first live online mini-concert this July of 2020. A few students introduced their pieces and performed for their families, and each other.

This was followed by a release of pre-recorded performances sent in by my students. These videos have been recorded at their practise instruments at home – acoustic pianos, digital pianos and basic keyboards.

Hope you enjoy these videos!


Notice on piano lessons during the lockdown

1. In-Studio Lessons during the lockdown

All students who usually take In-Studio Lessons have opted for Online Lessons for the period of the lockdown. I prefer to be cautious and will wait a while after the lockdown ends, and then a few months more, resuming In-Studio Lessons.

2. Online Lessons

There is no change for students who have enrolled for Online Lessons.

FAQ : ARE ONLINE PIANO LESSONS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Online Piano Lessons suit highly motivated and independent older students. Or young students with families that are able, and happy to provide the additional support needed with online lessons.

Students need to setup their device in advance for each class, so that there are no disturbances during the lesson.

Related post : A Student’s Guide to Online Piano Lessons


The Lesson Structure :

  1. Students need to select the option they wish for, before enrolment :
    • Online Lessons Or In-Studio Lessons.
    • Solo Lessons (with Recorded Assignments) Or Combination Lessons (with a Solo Slot and a 30 minute Partner Slot where the student, and a partner student both attend class together).
    • Duration : One hour Or One-and-a-half hours.
  2. The once a week lesson slot the student wishes for is reserved after enrolment.
  3. Recorded Assignments : Recorded assignments are compulsory for all students taking Solo Lessons. For students in Combination Lessons, these assignments have replaced Partner Lessons for the period of the lockdown.
      • Every student has to submit 5 short video recordings each week for assessment.
      • I will send back a short teaching video which will be one of the assignments for the following week.
  4. Teaching days : 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Each student gets 9 paid lessons in a month. Any lessons offered over and above this during my teaching days mentioned above, are not charged and are called Flex Lessons.
  8. The purpose of this policy is :
    • Fixed working hours, so that I have time to study regularly.
    • Easier scheduling and holiday planning for my student families, by providing free extra lessons at the students regular lesson day and time, rather than at different days and time slots as I did earlier.

Other Information about piano lessons

Audio/Video Lesson

Students submit recordings of their homework in advance  one day before their lesson via whatsapp.  I assess their work and send them a lesson – with text or video or both, as needed.

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.
  3. Students will appear for exams through me only and not directly.
  4. All administration work for the examinations will be done by me and forms once submitted cannot be changed or amended.
  5. Pre-Examination Holiday Plans : Any holiday plans between payment of examination fees and the exam date need to be discussed with me before fee payment. Holidays often disrupt examination work, and either the holiday or the examination may need to be postponed to avoid this.
  6. Assessment before Fee Payment : Students will be assessed at class to ensure that they have the knowledge needed for the examination, before exam fees are accepted.
  7. Pre-Examination Assessment :
    • Students will be assessed prior to their examination and the examination slip will only be given to those are ready, and get through the assessment.
    • Students who skip class, who stop practising after submission of examination forms, or who go on unscheduled holidays have the following options :
      • Extra lessons : They may book extra lessons which are charged, get their work ready, and get through the Pre-Examination Assessment
      • Skip the examination and forfeit the fees : Fees paid to the examination board are not eligible for refund. Students who cannot get through the Pre-Examination Assessment will not get their examination slips and will have to forfeit the fees.
  8. Paying any examination fees to me, is understood to be an agreement of these terms.

Class recordings

  1. Class recordings of students performing during piano class will be taken with a hands only view.  I reserve the right to upload this publicly on any social media or on my blog, as long as the names and faces of students are not disclosed. These videos or recordings will be permanently added to my channel and will stay there even after students discontinue lessons, for as long as I keep them there.
  2. Parents sitting in on piano lessons are permitted to record sections of the lessons for practise only, subject to my approval – with the condition that they keep these recordings private.

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. Students and their young friends or siblings need to take care with the teaching premises :
    • 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.
  4. Allergy caution as I am allergic to perfumes: Please use mild deodorants and perfumes when you visit, and refrain from spraying your clothes with these products.
  5. The last 15 minutes of each lesson are a review. Parents who need to talk to me about their child may arrive early and ask questions during this review.
  6. 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.
  7. Students need to arrive and be picked up on time. I am available during the students lesson time only. Students who are picked up late need to take care not to disturb the lesson of the next student or my non-lesson working time.
  8. When you can call me : I’m available on the phone on weekdays during my working hours 10.30am to 8pm.
    • Please call or SMS for important communications.
    • I check WhatsApp for student assignments only, and am often late in viewing, and attending to communications here.
    • I work online mornings and evenings and will call you back if I can’t take your call.
    • Afternoon between 2pm to 4pm is the best time to get me.

Books, Permissions and Copyright

  1. Fees cover the cost of lessons and the time I spend assessing recorded assignments.
  2. All students get free access to my online music theory website for the duration of their learning.
  3. In-Studio Lessons : Fees cover the cost of books and teaching material for students of all levels. Students only need to carry their own homework book – an A4 sized 100 page lined exercise book.
  4. Online Lessons : Fees currently do NOT cover the cost books, except for a very limited amount of digital repertoire. Students will need to purchase legal music or use free downloads of music that is out of copyright or subscribe to online sites for sheet music.
  5.  Any books or sheet music that I give my students is legal.
  6. Material printed by me under a studio license I have purchased, or material written by me, is licensed to the student for his or her own use only, and for the duration of learning with me only.
  7. 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.

Please respect composers and help them earn, by keeping to the above terms and conditions.

Fees

    1. A One-Time Admission Fee equal to the fees for one month, is payable on enrollment.
      • This is not refundable, but is adjusted against one month of lessons for the last month of learning, when the student stops lesson.
      • It functions as one months notice when students stop lessons. This gives me time to adjust my teaching expenses to a changing income flow, or take on another student and keep my income flow steady.
    2. Fees are due in advance, before the 15th day of the month before the period they pertain to.
    3. Fees may be paid monthly or quarterly. The fee per month in the monthly fee is higher, as it involves more administration work. 
    4. Admission fees and fees per month for students enrolling mid-quarter are calculated based on the monthly fee.
    5. Fee payments are accepted via NEFT only.
    6. Receipts are provided via email, within 48 hours of receipt.
    7. Late Fees : Timely payments help me provide a discounted fee to all my students. I am unable to do this with late payments. My late fee is actually a discount added back for one month of lessons.
    8. Here’s an example of fee due dates, to help you estimate your cash outflow after your interview.

Payment schedule for a student enrolling in May, to start lessons in June.

Monthly Payment Quarterly Payment
Due on Admission in May Monthly Fee x 2 Monthly Fee x 2
Fee payment frequency Monthly due before the 15th of the previous month. Quarterly due before the 15th of the previous month.
Next due date Monthly Fee due before 15 June for July Quarterly Fee due before 15 June for July-September
After that 15 July 15 September
Late fees : Fixed Fixed

Booking Lessons

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

How to enrol 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.

 

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