Why Choose Me?
- 100% student exam pass rate 🙂
- Two decades’ experience as a professional performer and teacher
- Fully qualified (BA MA PGdip)
- Easy to use online system allowing you to book and pay for lessons online, to setup automatic reoccurring payments for regular lessons and to cancel lessons whenever you need to for holidays etc (please give as much notice as you possibly can but as long as you make the cancellation at least 24 hours beforehand you will not be required to pay for the missed lesson)
- I subscribe to the government service which keeps my Enhanced DBS status up to date (verified by MML)
What Will You Learn?
I will tailor-make your lessons to best suit your musical tastes and goals. After getting to grips with the basics the first part of the lesson for most people would usually be set aside for working on exam material. Exams certainly aren’t compulsory so please don’t get scared off if you really don’t want to take them but having set goals to aim for seems to be the best way for most people to stay motivated. It would be up to you whether you would like to opt for:
The rest of the lesson would typically be spent working on something else of your own choosing. This could be anything you fancy e.g. learning how to play blues licks and riffs, learning how to”comp” (accompany) singers or other instruments, learning how to play special effects like glissandos or tremolos, improving your sightreading skills… the possibilities are endless!
Who Are The Lessons Suitable For?
Four years old to adult.
Should You Buy A Piano Or A Keyboard?
The simple answer is that if you are going to be taking piano exams then ideally you should buy a piano. It does not need to be new or expensive but do make sure that it is in good working order and can be tuned up to concert pitch. If, on the other hand, you are going to be taking keyboard exams then you should ideally buy a keyboard or an electric piano. It does not need to be a top of the range model but make sure it is full sized i.e. it has 88 keys, and that those keys are fully weighted.
How Much Will You Need To Practise?
This will depend very much on your age and ability but consistent frequent practise is the only route to success. “Little and often” i.e. 10 minutes every day is all that should be expected of beginners. Your sessions should then increase gradually by at least 10 minutes per Grade (20 minutes+ every day when preparing for Grade 2, 30 minutes+ when preparing for Grade 3, and so on). The key is to set aside a particular time of day for your practise and then to make it an automatic habit like brushing your teeth or taking a shower.
Monday-Thursday: 4pm- 8pm (please email firstname.lastname@example.org to check current availability)
Beginners and students preparing for Grades 1-4: £15 for 30 minutes
Students preparing for Grade 5 and above: £30 for 60 minutes
Gift vouchers are available to purchase for either existing or new students here (it will ask you to create a free account). If you have any technical issues please email email@example.com and CC me firstname.lastname@example.org.