I have taught the piano for several years, predominantly in London and latterly in the South-West of England. I have a very broad teaching experience which has encompassed private and peripatetic teaching in both the independent and state sectors at primary, secondary, further education and higher education levels.
I teach the piano from my home and also give online lessons via Zoom – something which has proved remarkably successful during 2020.
Although I am Classically-trained, I play and teach many different styles of music and am always happy to explore diverse repertoire with my students.
Although my starting point is always the individual student, my methods are largely based on the teachings of Tobias Matthay.
I teach the piano on a one-to-one basis, to children and adults of all ages and abilities, from beginners to advanced standard. Whilst I am happy to teach all levels, I particularly enjoy teaching higher-level students, those of Grade 8 or Diploma standard (teaching or performing) or pianists aspiring to study at one of the major music conservatories or universities.
I regularly prepare candidates for Associated Board (and Trinity, where required) Practical, Theory and Musicianship examinations, routinely achieving Distinctions. I also prepare pupils for piano competitions and have achieved consistently high results with many first prizes. I actively encourage performance and my pupils have taken part in piano competitions in London, Bristol and Taunton and local Young Musician competitions, where several have been prize-winners. For instance:
I would say that I am a traditional teacher with methods which get results. I can rapidly identify the strengths and weaknesses in a student’s playing and know how to solve technical and musical dilemmas.
I have prepared many GCSE and A-level students for the performance element of their exams, solo and ensemble work as well as composition. At Sherborne Preparatory School, I prepared many pupils for scholarships to senior schools.
I am capable of teaching the piano at the very highest level. I have taught many pupils of Grade 8 level and beyond and have prepared them for admission to university and music colleges. I have taught the advanced piano repertoire for a number of years, including the study of concerti and the preparation of students for the ABRSM Performer’s Diploma. Some of my former pupils are now successful teachers.
I also teach the piano duet repertoire (1 and 2 pianos), which has included Milhaud’s Scaramouche, the Poulenc Sonata and works by Ravel, Debussy, Faure, Bizet, Schubert, Lutoslawski, Rachmaninov, Walton and Richard Rodney Bennett.
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(Face-to-face and online piano lessons)