I started teaching piano and singing in 2007 and take pupils from beginners upwards. Pupils range in age from six to grown-ups. The half-hour lessons usually take the form of preparation for graded exams, sometimes we spend the time getting ready for concert performances and often we work on pieces of music just for fun!
Pupils are encouraged to bring to lessons piano pieces and songs which they like. We polish them up during the lessons and once sparkling they are performed at concerts.
I am a big fan of ABRSM (the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) who provide exams for pupils. But in addition to exam work I believe it is important for pianists to learn to play from chord symbols because most jazz and popular music is based on these. I also encourage pianists to sing (not compulsory!). Some very pleasant voices have been discovered after hiding away for years and pupils quickly find they can sing and accompany themselves on the piano.