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. We moved to Kharghar in 2010 and I’ve been teaching here full-time since 2015.
- Different styles of learning
My piano students learn to read written music notation and study music theory. Lessons include rhythm exercises, movement 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 primarily teach western classical piano music using a combination of traditional piano method books, classical piano repertoire and modern piano pieces.
Students may choose pieces belonging to different genres including sacred music, pop, jazz and anything else that they wish to learn.
- The benefits of one-on-one teaching
Students who take Solo Lessons get individual attention and a lesson plan suited to their style of learning.
Many students learn better with company these days and prefer Partner Lessons.
Recorded Assignments, which are a part of both these lesson formats, help me identify individual learning needs and adapt my teaching style accordingly, even in Partner Lessons.
- Fun Mondays!
Students who want to learn at a slower pace, or who enjoy more company while learning take Group Sight-reading Lessons.
These group sessions are open to all other students at no charge. I encourage all students to participate, and use these group sessions as an opportunity to meet each other.
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 and an educator. And also, a lifelong piano 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!
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.
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 :
- 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).
- The duration of Solo and Partner Lessons varies with the students age and playing levels. Group Sight-reading lessons last one hour. Reviewing Recorded Assignments takes me 15 to 20 minutes per student.
- 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. Any lessons offered over and above this during my teaching days mentioned above, are not charged and are called Flex Lessons.
- 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
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.
- Examinations are optional and students may choose to study with or without them.
- Students may choose to appear for piano exams through Trinity College London, ABRSM or LCM. Online examinations are now an option.
- Students will appear for examinations as students of Anitaelise Piano Studio.
- Any holiday plans between payment of examination fees and the exam date need to be discussed with me before fee payment.
- Students will need regular practise and attendance to be well prepared for their piano examinations.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Afternoon between 2pm to 4pm is the best time to call. I work online mornings and evenings and will call you back if I can’t answer your call.
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. Apart from that, every student gets free access to :
- My music theory website.
- Books as per the terms mentioned below.
Books, Permissions and Copyright
- 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.
- 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.
- All students will need to purchase their own homework book – an A4 sized 100-page lined exercise book.
- 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.
- All books and material used is legal and the use of unlicensed photocopies is not allowed.
- 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
- A One-Time Admission Fee is a fixed amount payable on enrollment.
- This is not refundable, but is adjusted by providing the last month of lessons with no fee.
- 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.
- Fees are payable as a lumpsum, a Quarterly Fee for 3 months at a time.
- Fees for students enrolling mid-quarter are calculated pro-rata, for the number of months left in the quarter.
- 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.
- Fee payments are accepted via NEFT only.
- Receipts are provided via email, within 48 hours of receipt.
An example of fee calculation for different enrolment months
|Fee Amount:||Administration Fee
|Next due date:||10 June||10 September|
|Last due date:||15-Jun||15-Sep|
- Lessons are booked by paying fees.
- Fee payment is understood to be your consent to the terms and conditions on this page.
How to enroll in piano class
- Click here to send me a message.
- Remember to add your contact details.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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