Keyboard Lessons

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I enjoyed learning the keyboard from a young age and started teaching beginners in my teacher's second studio at the age of 17. I progressed through the examinations offered by the Victoria College of Music and gained a Fellowship Diploma with Honours from the college at the age of 18.

The keyboard is a great instrument for people of any age to learn as the basic models are relatively inexpensive and they can be practiced wearing headphone so as not to annoy the neighbours or other family members. The instrument is particularly good for playing modern music and several of my students enjoy playing arrangements of current chart music as well as latin numbers featured in the Strictly Come Dancing TV programme.

Up to Grade 5 the distinction between Piano and Keyboard is that instead of reading from two lines of music you play the melody in the right hand and learn chords in the left hand. This is easier than learning Piano in the early stages and many young students enjoy listening to all the different sounds that their keyboard can make and will learn at the same time what different instruments of the orchestra sound like. Over time learning chords also helps students to understand how music works and will help them to compose music should they wish to. I enter my students for exams with the Trinity Guildhall school of music which is more widely recognised than the Victoria College of Music. After Grade 5 students progress onto the Digital Keyboard syllabus which places more emphasis on learning to read bass clef and learning to play standard riffs and styles.

I teach using a Yamaha PSR S 550 which has a huge variety of styles and sounds and many features such as multi-track recording that I encourage my students to make the most of.

  • I teach from home (or a fixed venue)

Daytime, Evenings, Week days

HOW LONG: 30 Minutes

LEVEL: Advanced

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10 Feb 2011

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