Courses/Classes for Adults 16+ years

(Sevenoaks area only)

It's never too late to learn!

Try a Keyboard Skills Workshop or weekly class for Grown Ups (16+) and make it all about you...

If you fancy a structured, longer term commitment, then weekly classes could be for you! Ali teaches adults for one hour using 5 octave keyboards, and with a maximum class size of 10. An engaging, relaxed session which will baby step you through the crazy world of playing the piano, understanding all the signs, symbols and instructions whilst learning to read and write music! Such fun to learn with like minded adults - and of course the headphones give you a sense of privacy whilst getting to grips with the latest new tune!

  We will aim to achieve the following:
 

  • Correct hand position/posture and basic technique required for both keyboard and piano

  • Reading and writing music

  • Understanding the basic structures/concepts of music

  • Learning a number of well known tunes, so you achieve fast and satisfying results

  • Playing with 2 hands and being able to read the bass clef

  • Satisfaction of playing music in a relaxed and informal atmosphere

  • All equipment provided, take home workbook with supplementary repertoire books

  • Non-refundable fee: £15 per lesson, payable by term, books extra

  • The Drive Methodist Church, The Drive, Sevenoaks, TN13 3AE VERY LIMITED PARKING

  • Email: mail@funkymonkey.info or call 01732 457 100 to book or register interest

Option 2 - The One Day Crash Course!

Next beginners course March 2020 - date to be confirmed

As both the director and teacher of Funky Monkey Keyboard Classes, I have heard the phrase 'I wish you did this sort of thing for adults' at the end of our children's classes so many times, that it has finally inspired me to do something about it! Come and join us on one of our crash courses in beginner keyboard  (very basic or no knowledge is ideal!)


 We will aim to achieve the following:
 

  • Correct hand position/posture and basic technique required for both keyboard and piano

  • Reading and writing music

  • Understanding the basic structures/concepts of music

  • Learning a number of well known tunes, so you achieve fast and satisfying results

  • Introduction to reading the bass clef (for you wannabe pianists out there!)

  • Satisfaction of playing music in a relaxed and informal atmosphere

  • All equipment provided, take home workbook, maximum group size 10, bring a packed lunch, coffee/biscuits provided

  • 10.00am-3pm at The Drive Methodist Church, The Drive, Sevenoaks, TN13 3AE VERY LIMITED PARKING

  • Non-refundable fee: £60, £10 discount from total invoice for 2 or more places booked together

  • Email: mail@funkymonkey.info or call 01732 457 100 to book or register interest

'I had a great time on the course and have had huge fun impressing my family (by which I mean my wife mainly, who is not easily impressed) with my meteoric rise to the foothills of keyboard greatness. Amazing to think what you managed to get through to a group of beginner adults. I think I may have learned more in 5 hours than my son has learned in 5 months of school lessons!'

David, London

'Funky Monkey has made our children, 4 and 5 years old, love the sound of the piano and really stimulates them to learn the keyboard. Ali even inspired me to take piano lessons again after a ten year break. Her professional yet relaxed way of teaching the piano is the perfect combination to start or improve your skills quickly'

Ymkje, London

'It was really stimulating and fun learning to play the keyboard. A fantastic challenge for the grown-up mind! '

Trish, Sevenoaks

'I had a fantastic time on Saturday, learning has never been such fun and so relaxed! I came away really inspired and confident in my new knowledge, thank you Ali'
Dee, Sevenoaks

'Just wanted to say a big thank you for such a great day on Saturday - it was so nice to think and learn about something new! I learned so much and l know l will carry on practising.
(And of course the teacher was so funny and witty which made it even more fun!)

Julie, Sevenoaks

Although it's all about you...here's a little bit about me...

Before I set up Funky Monkey Keyboard Classes in 2003, I graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with an MA (Distinction) in Music performance. My primary instrument is the oboe, but I also studied piano as a joint first study in my BMus degree and was lucky enough to have wonderful, inspiring teachers all the way through my musical education on both instruments.

Over the last twenty five years (eek!), I have gained a wealth of experience in teaching both young and old and I thoroughly enjoy the process of teaching music. I like to think my classes make people feel relaxed and uninhibited which I believe is an important factor in getting the best out of anyone - and a sense of humour goes a long way too! I still get great enjoyment from playing both for myself and my children and hope I can encourage others to achieve the same.

Option 1 - The Weekly Workshop!

Bookings now being taken for a Monday 20th January start, 8-9pm

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