I like to make lessons fun, but also encourage regular practice and a professional approach. Emphasis is on 'getting a feel for the piece'.More than just learning to read the notes, I endeavour to teach my students how to listen to and enjoy the music and to play with style. As I was taught, they need to find something personal in the sound of the music so as to give it meaning. Students are taught never to 'play in general', it is not a sincere way to play music. The music should be their own interpretation, so as to allow them to really enjoy the piece from the heart.
Students start off with the Lisa Childs Piano books 1-4 (which I provide direct). With these books you can learn just for fun or make progress to The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examinations, scholarships or diplomas. Book 1 uses colour stickers and shapes along with Intervals (distance between notes), to introduce keyboard knowledge. It is the natural way to learn and makes it a painless process for children as young as 3 years old.
The French 'Ta' system is used to explain rhythm and timing, so that young students don't have to recollect the days maths class when playing! ABCDEFG follows effortlessly and easily when students are discussing music and for naming scales and keys in which the music is written and when theory is studied. Small percussion is used in a fun way to encourage understanding of rhythm and we have an assortment of other instruments here.
The message in this method of teaching, is to present a well and truly tried system, based on a life time's dedication of my teacher Lisa, her daughter Valerie and those who have been trained by their school and which has brought the joy of music to hundreds of people; professional performers, teachers and those who wish to play the piano for their own pleasure.
- I teach from home (or a fixed venue)
- I teach online
Mornings, Daytime, Evenings, Week days
HOW LONG: 30 Minutes