With Scotland’s national conservatoire, lots of little community music schools, and private music teachers galore – as well as an incredibly, famously diverse music-making culture – Glasgow is a great place to learn all instruments, including, obviously, the piano.
Whether you are a beginner seeking a new skill or hoping to learn to play a couple of tunes, someone who has grasped the fundamental aspects of the instrument but seeking to develop a particular genre, or an expert musician hoping for further progression in your playing, you’ll find exactly what you are looking for in Glasgow. It is Scotland’s biggest city after all – for now, at least.
But, where to start? Unlike most other instruments, the piano doesn’t exactly invite music instructors who travel. So, unless you have your own instrument, expect to have to go to the teacher’s own place, or to a school.
This basic requirement aside, learning the piano is one of the most rewarding and personal things there is to do. Therefore, find a teacher that works around your own tastes, preferred styles of music, personal aims, and desired teaching style.
Because if you want to play jazz keyboard in a band but are only being taught Beethoven – or if you want to just enjoy singing whilst accompanying yourself, but your teacher is channelling you towards music exams – your relationship with your piano teacher might not work out. It’s okay then to change teacher if that’s the case.
Anyway, here we are. These are the best options for learning piano in Glasgow, for beginners, intermediate players, and for those who want to dedicate their lives to the instrument.
The Glasgow Music Studios are an institution that offers a whole range of opportunities in music education. Alongside piano lessons, they offer guitar lessons, drum lessons, and singing lessons, as well as courses in DJing, sound engineering, and rap and beat-boxing. Not only these, but they also have a range of recording studios that can be rented out for your own recordings or booked for adult or kids’ parties.
The piano lessons on offer cover beginner and intermediate skills, ranging from instrument-specific techniques to general musicianship, including sight reading, ear training, and music theory. The lessons take place on site on Osborne Street in the town centre, so it’s hugely convenient for people all over the city.
There’s nothing better than a good music teacher to help you learn the piano.
Piano Lessons Glasgow is a company owned and run by Desislava Hristova, a piano teacher and professional musician with over thirty years of experience in teaching and performing. Her students have gone on to win major awards and competitions – which is a pretty good sign, all things considered.
She’s based in Duke Wynd, in Dennistoun, but she offers teaching from either her home or from yours – if you have an instrument! Her lessons guide you through everything from posture to musical interpretation and theory, so, regardless of what you want to do, you’ll manage to get it done with her. And that includes both musical examinations and just playing for fun!
Stuart Corkindale is another private tutor of the piano-based in Glasgow, but he’s in the West End. Stuart is another tutor willing to travel, but your best bet is probably going to him – depending on your preference.
He’s been playing for about thirty-five years and has taught as a music teacher all over the UK – both as a proper school teacher and a peripatetic piano tutor. His teaching experience really speaks for itself.
As such, he can teach you toward musical examinations, such as that by ABRSM, or in preparation for your SQA National 5s or Highers in music. Otherwise, he can just teach you to have fun playing the piano, no matter the level.
Oh, and he also plays the clarinet – so he’s an all-around proper musician.
Play the piano like this fella, Beethoven!
The Riverside Music College is a comprehensive and well-regarded college of music that prepares students, primarily, for a career in the music industry. Its most popular courses are the Higher National Diplomas – in everything from Sound Production to Music Performance.
At the same time, however, the college offers tuition, seemingly in every instrument under the sun, from piano through the guitar and bass to the mandolin, banjo, and other traditional instruments. All the lessons take place on site – in Busby, in Glasgow’s South Side – and the piano and keyboard lessons are taught by Ally Forsyth, a man with an impressive teaching, recording, and performing career.
Whatever style you want to learn – from classical to pop – he’ll make sure you achieve what you want to achieve.
If you’d prefer to find yourself a piano tutor who is perfectly suited to you, Superprof might be the place for you to look. It’s a platform that connects students to tutors of any subject – and right now there are over five million tutors offering private tuition in over a thousand subjects across the globe.
For budding piano students in Glasgow, Superprof has nineteen tutors across the city, offering hour lessons for an average of £22. They can come to you, or you can go to them, and they are guaranteed to be qualified, professional, and ready to provide tuition in the style that best suits you.
The benefit of Superprof is that our range of tutors offers supreme flexibility, providing piano lessons entirely at your convenience.
Emma Melrose, a piano instructor, started the Melrose Music School in Stepps ten years ago – and now students come from across Scotland to attend classes at the school. Starting just from piano, Melrose now offers classes in singing, violin, drums, and guitar too – as well as art classes for kids!
The school has twenty teachers, who offer lessons to anyone from the age of five. There is the option to study for ABRSM or Rockschool exams, or just to build your repertoire of songs you love to play. All classes are one-to-one, and they promise that you will be able to play a tune or two after your second or third lesson.
The Glasgow School of Music, based in the south of Glasgow, is a rigorous and professional music tutoring academy. Whilst they started out in 2018, the tutors have, over the years, been busy collecting academic and professional musical contacts to enhance and broaden ever further their teaching skills.
Whichever exams you want to work towards or whatever songs you want to learn to play, the Glasgow School of Music will help you on your way. Paul, the piano teacher, has an astonishing academic record, and he’s even been on TV talking about his love for his instrument. He also teaches music theory and composition, so if that’s your thing, this school will sort you out.
Get to grips with the basics of music theory with a professional music instructor.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is both Glasgow and the country’s leading higher education music school. Based in the heart of the city, it offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Keyboard, alongside qualifications in Dance, Drama, Musical Education, and Production Technology and Management.
Obviously, this is an option for those pianists who want to be professional, as these courses are not for the faint-hearted. They also have very serious entry requirements – as these are degree courses.
As part of the Keyboard course, you will have the opportunity to learn alongside some of the best music educators in the world, you will be able to record your performances on commercial-quality technology, and you will be expected to perform often.
For those who do not want to pursue a career in music, but who are seeking to refine their technique, you can join the piano summer school which runs in July of every year. For adults, there is a lifelong learning course, aimed at those over eighteen who are playing at grade eight standard, at those who are professionals looking to perfect their repertoire, or great players who just want a challenge over the summer.
At the same time, for those under eighteen, there is the opportunity to take part in the Scottish International Youth Piano Competition Summer School, which combines intensive learning with competitive performances at the end of the week.
Finally, the East Glasgow Music School is a donation-funded institution that combines one-to-one instrument tuition – on piano, brass, woodwind, strings, and percussion – with group classes in music theory.
It runs on Saturday mornings during school term times and, whilst it is aimed at children between the ages of five and twelve, kids up to the age of eighteen attend. A great thing about it is that they provide free instrument loans – to foster inclusivity.
If you’re not Glaswegian but are nonetheless looking for piano lessons, try out our articles on piano lessons in London, piano tuition in Manchester, piano teaching in Birmingham, and Leeds’s piano opportunities. There is also a comprehensive article on piano tuition options in the UK.