If you asked me what the most important thing is about piano lessons, I’d say ‘having fun’, because none of the good stuff happens without it. I have 25 years experience in performing in recording studios and live on stage, producing and composing for dance record labels, film, tv and multi-media companies, which helps to expand the breadth, depth and effectiveness of my piano teaching. This also enables me to offer important new areas of interest and study to piano students and keyboard students, areas which can be of enormous benefit to budding music professionals if taken in parallel with the more traditional side of piano lessons.
My piano lessons and keyboard lessons cover all styles of music, including pop, dance, jazz piano etc, but I believe strongly in developing some of the classical ‘disciplines’ as well, to encourage good technique, reading skills and overall well-rounded musicianship. As well as including the ABRSM syllabus in my programme, I strongly emphasise rhythmic awareness, improvisation, aural and recognition skills essential for today’s professional performer. Piano Students are encouraged to play the piano in a relaxed and natural way, promoting good habits of posture and hand placement which are essential for continued success in playing the piano.
Electronic Keyboard Tuition, Recording Studio Technique and Music Technology
As well as traditional piano lessons and keyboard tuition, I’ve created some other custom courses, based on my experience working in the recording industry. These cater for the more technical side of music education: Electronic Keyboard Tuition (including an essential guide to synthesizer programming), Recording and Production with DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstations) – this covers a lifetime of skills in itself and Studio Technique for Session Musicians, which elaborates on established skills by focusing on the difference between live performing and performing in the studio, with a closer look at some essential tricks of the trade.
Piano Lessons as podcasts and mp3′s
Piano students can choose to interact away from the lesson with optional podcasts or mp3′s, helping them to remember exactly what was said, and making it possible to hear the examples again and how they were played – a very useful tool.
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right”. Napoleon Hill
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