I am a well-qualified teacher with nearly thirty years’ experience, and a conviction that teaching the piano should be about instilling a lifelong love and understanding of music, and an enduring ability to play it.
This means that above all, learning the piano needs to be enjoyable (and never intimidating!). So we work on an exciting variety of music, and integrate into the lessons theory and musical knowledge. This deepens musical understanding, and it opens up the pleasure of being able to play through a new piece of music in years to come.*
It means that I don't churn students through exams. Exams can be useful and, sometimes, important. But they are not for everyone, and there's more to learning music than just passing exams. (And when we do them, we do them well.)
My current pupils range in age from six to seventy-six years old. I welcome students of all ages, at all stages, from absolute beginners to those at advanced levels.
I teach at home in near-central Cambridge (on a grand piano). I hold informal concerts for my younger pupils and their parents (and events for my older ones) at which everyone can perform – or simply share their latest musical enthusiasm – in a relaxed environment.
I am a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and am happy to provide references.
* Nigel Scaife, Syllabus Director at the ABRSM, puts it like this, in the July 2015 issue of Pianist magazine: "Learning music theory helps you unlock the inner workings of music, and definitely makes you a better musician."
Picture: From 'The Piano Lesson' by Matisse, 1916 (MoMA)