I have devoted my life to music, and I'm happy to share my knowledge with you! We can discuss the specifics of your goals in our trial lesson but here's a broad overview of my pedagogical approach:
The foremost task for any student of mine is the training of the ears. I encourage my students to get into the habit of listening to a variety of performances. From here, the student will discover their own particular taste in style; this is an essential part of becoming an individual music-maker.
I also guide a student to develop their internal metronome/rhythm/feel. This can be improved occasionally with the help of a metronome, however I encourage counting out-loud when practising instead, because one doesn't wish to become reliant on the metronome.
Notation comes next - learning to read classical music notation is a critical skill for pianists. Playing notes off a stave should eventually be as natural as reading the words off a page. This fluency is achieved by regularly sight reading in ways that i demonstrate and is only possible when one has a good ear and a sturdy internal rhythm.
From this base, I go on to help the student develop the mechanics of their technique - to achieve complete control over their fingers and total confidence in the physical landscape of the piano. The mechanics include finger independence, dexterity and the ability to control the quality and depth of any given tone/note. This ability unlocks the door to a world of possibilities - control over your sound means control over what the music means. We aren't just playing notes - we're telling a story. Always. Technique at its core is the ability to control distribution of weight. However, musicality is a technique in its own right.
These are just a few aspects of piano playing / music-making that I cover with my students. There's also memorisation, repertoire, improvisation, analytical theory, motivation, mindset...
Finally, I'm more than happy to help students wishing to do their grade examinations (ABRSM or Trinity). Setting goals is a wonderful way to improve!
I moved to London in 2019 because the Royal College of Music gave me a full scholarship to study with them! Here are some of my credentials:
- grade 8 piano before the age of 11.
- ATCL + LTCL + FTCL recital diplomas (Trinity College London) before the age of 18.
- full scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music.
- over a decade of performance experience.
- member of the European Piano Teachers’ Association.
- outreach piano tutor for children with complex learning disabilities.
- practice supervisor for children.
- 2 years private teaching experience.
2019 → present
Bachelor of Music, Royal College of Music
2013 → 2018
Chetham’s School of Music
2011 → 2013
Wells Cathedral School
2019 → present
Member of the European Piano Teachers’ Association
Private piano tutor in London
Attended the EPTA UK ‘Maze of Methods’ pedagogy event
2018 → 2019
Private piano tutor in Manchester
Outreach day with children from the Stromness Academy
2017 → present
Practice supervisor on the Chetham’s International Piano Summer School
Piano tutor for children with complex learning disabilities
Prizes and Awards
2019 → present
Current holder of the ‘Knights of the Round Table’ scholarship
1st prize in the Chetham's Bösendorfer piano competition
1st prize in the Chetham's J.S Bach competition
Accepted as a Fellow of Trinity College London (FTCL)
Licentiate of Trinity College London Diploma (LTCL)
Chopin festival award winner in Mazovia, Poland
Associate of Trinity College London Diploma (ATCL)
2011 → present
Benjamin Frith, Boyan Vodenicharov, Carlo Grante,
Duncan Glenday, Dina Parakhina, Graham Scott, Hazel Fanning,
John Byrne, Kathryn Page, Leon McCawley, Les Chisnall,
Martyn Parkes, Noriko Ogawa, Norma Fisher, Philip Fowke,
Peter Lawson, Sandro Russo, Simon Bottomley, Tatiana Zelikman
Performance of Rachmaninov piano concerto no.3 for the London Reform Club concert series
Online performance of Nikolai Medtner for the Chetham’s International Piano Summer School
Solo performances at the Armourers’ Hall, London + Steinway Hall, London
Solo Recitals for the Camel House Concert series, Lanzarote + Royal Air Force Club, London + Warwick Arts Centre + Performance of Beethoven piano concerto no.4 at St. John’s Church, Buxton
2017 → 2018
Performances of Mozart’s concerto no.11 in Trieste (Italy), Rhyl Music Club (Wales), Lothian Chamber Players (Scotland)
Performances of Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto no.1 in Krakow, Poland + the Buxton International Festival
Performances of Beethoven’s piano concerto no.1 in Devonshire + Wales + Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Solo recital at the World Piano Teachers’ Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia
Perfect! Matthew does great in teaching. My daughter has been doing the exercises that he has given, which has really helped her to improve her accuracy and precision in her pieces and scales.
Yasmine is very responsive to my guidance in class and I'm seeing an improvement to her piano playing every week!
Perfect! He teaches with fun and full of energy. He makes me feel comfortable. We had a good understanding. Teaches well with passion.. highly recommended. :))
A joy to teach!
Matthew is a fantastic teacher who is always encouraging. His playing is inspiring to listen to, having studied with some amazing teachers himself. Lessons are always engaging and I look forward to them every week. Book lessons with him to see for yourself.
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