Highly experienced music teacher of piano, improvisation and composition. Retired Royal Ballet School Accompanist and Military Music School Professor. Pleasurable piano lessons without pressure or stress.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Piano (can teach various styles including classical, light popular, light jazz and boogie-woogie), Improvisation and Composition.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
- How much do you charge?
30 minutes: £20
60 minutes: £40
Consultations are free.
- Where do you teach?
All music lessons take place within my home. This means that pupils must be able to travel to Balham in Wandsworth. Balham is on the Northern Line (Tube), has an overground railway to Victoia and there are many bus links.
Parking is free except for one hour on weekday mornings.
- When are you available?
My teaching practice is flexible. Please contact me for further details regarding possible days/times. I can also teach through the holidays should a pupil wish to maintain their tuition.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all ages from the very young to the very mature! Everyone is welcome including complete beginners (children and adults).
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Grade 1 to Advanced (Performer's Diploma standard). The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College syllabi. Should a pianist/theory student wish to receive extra coaching to prepare for an exam but not wish to become one of my regular pupils, I would also be happy to assist.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I can conduct lessons via Facetime or Skype.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Do come along and "have a go". I am extremely patient!
- What kind of experience do you have?
After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, I maintained my link with the college by becoming a piano Professor in the Junior School. Whilst there, I was head hunted by Valerie Hume to become one of three Founder Members of the Park Lane Group which is still flourishing today. Due to my studies in composition at the Guildhall, I found inspiration and started to compose music for dance/dramas. These were performed at the Lyric, Hammersmith and The Oxford Playhouse amongst other well known venues. In addition to this I later became Lecturer in History of Music at the Laban Studio and worked as accompanist for Lisa Ullman, Dr Janet Goodridge and other members of staff. I have also spent many enjoyable years teaching piano and music theory at adult education Institutes within the greater London area. Following this I worked at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, as Keyboard Harmony Professor for sixteen years. I have now returned to playing for local ballet schools whilst maintaining a substantial teaching practice at home. My pupils are of various ages (children to very mature adults!) and are also from various walks of life. My priority is always to bring out the absolute best in my pupils whilst working in a relaxed fashion. They are encouraged to participate in my 'work-in-progress" evenings' which are small, sociable gatherings for pupils to showcase pieces that they are working on no matter what standard.. I also seek to develop a greater understanding of musicianship by accompanying groups of my pupils to concerts at the main London concert halls. New pupils are warmly welcomed and will feel truly supported in their endeavour to learn.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
I studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), Member of the Royal Society of Musicians (RSM)
- Tell me about some of your current students.
My speciality seems to be Doctors and Lawyers!
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