I aim to teach piano, general musicianship and music theory together in creative ways as I feel that developing the musical mind enhances our relationship with music and our instrument. Everything we learn in music is connected and the pieces we work on are full of examples of things that we could learn by parrot fashion from theory books; but I think there is no better way to learn the concepts than by experiencing them through playing or hearing them. On the other hand, I feel that the greater our understanding of a piece, the deeper and more insightful our performance will be. All the different parts of a musical mind (the practical, theoretical, and aural) feed into one another, and I don’t think any one of these can be strong on their own without support from the other areas. They do not exist in vacuums, separate from each other. They are to a musician like foundations are to a building; with strong foundations on one side but poor foundations on the other, the house is still much more likely to collapse.
Some musicianship exercises I use include aural exercises, chord identification, improvisation, rhythm exercises, and reading exercises (often using flash cards), as well as various games which incorporate all of these skills.
I know many teaching method books and use different ones for each student depending on their age, personality, experience, and individual musical interests.
At beginner level in particular I like to play duets with my students rather a lot as I feel that playing in an ensemble encourages the development of good listening and internal pulse. I also play duets with more advanced students to further develop their sense of ensemble and musical communication.
My wide experience of repertoire by the great composers (Chopin, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven etc) has meant that I have been able to prepare students at the higher grades and above (Grade 5 up to ARSM standard so far) with a 100% distinction rate; and students have continued to attend lessons with me even after their exam successes out of a desire to continue learning from my large bank of pianistic and artistic knowledge.
I like to demonstrate as much as possible so that students can learn from my style of playing and incorporate some of the sounds I make into their own sound palette.
I am a widely experienced pianist and piano teacher who has previously studied at the Purcell School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and currently pursuing postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music. I teach all ages and abilities.
Perfect! Andrew is very enthusiastic and has a thoughtful approach to teaching piano - not just focusing on reading music and playing the right notes but also other aspects to becoming a rounded musician. Our little boy enjoys his lessons and is happy to practise between lessons. Andrew is also reliable so would thoroughly recommend him.
Andrew is not only deeply knowledgeable about piano, but also very passionate about music. This passion is evident in his teaching and brings forth an enthusiasm that he is able to pass on whilst teaching.
My child has benefited immensely from sessions with Andrew.And if we choose to judge by mere results alone, then the evidence of this would the many festival awards that we now have adorning our home.
Andrew is both an excellent pianist and teacher and helped me prepare for a piano diploma exam. He is a fun, patient and enthusiastic teacher who delivers really enjoyable lessons - I would highly recommend him.
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