Lessons and Tuition Services
Piano, Keyboard and Flute Lessons
Learn to play from scratch, pick up where you left off, or take a new direction...
I teach all ages and abilities, from beginners to advanced performers, from 5 to 95 years old. Your first lesson explores what you want to achieve, what you can do already and how you'd like to learn. It's also your chance to find out more about me, to be sure I'm the right teacher for you.
Perhaps you are a complete beginner wanting to work towards grades... Maybe you played as a child and want to take a new approach as an adult... Perhaps you've been classically trained and want to explore jazz, improvisation, chord progressions and lead sheets...
...or perhaps you don't know what you want, you just want to give it a go! Whatever your goals, your learning path will be tailored to you.
Personalised Teaching in a Home Setting
Your lessons are are individual as you are.
No student is the same and one-size definitely does not fit all! As a qualified NLP practitioner, I adapt my teaching to fit your own learning preferences. Students might use giant music on the floor, tap rhythms with cups, explore pitch with iPad apps and compose songs with software - right from the first lesson.
The pieces you learn are just as personalised. I work from a huge range of books and supplement this with studio-licensed music. There is something out there for everyone, and if there isn't, I write it!
Our studio has a friendly, family feel. Relax in our comfy waiting room - put your feet up and browse our music magazines and information leaflets, while you listen to everything that's happening in your child's lesson down the hall in the music room. You'll probably overlap with other families and get to know each other.
Exams and Performance Opportunities
Students who choose to perform or take exams are well-prepared and confident.
Exams are not for everyone and there are many fantastic musicians all over the world with no formal qualifications. There are plenty of ways for us to develop technique and musicality without exams.
We hold regular charity concerts at local venues, and all students are invited to perform. These are relaxed events for family and friends and the emphasis is on sharing music, and celebrating success.
Student who choose exams can be sure they will be supported to perform at their very best. We use a friendly, local exam centre and a wide range of exam boards, matching the syllabus to the student.
In the studio, you can work towards our many challenges and medals, from 100 Days of Practice, to structured Chord or Scales awards, or the Piano Puzzle Leaderboard.
Music Theory, GCSEs and A-Levels
Extra help for students working towards formal qualifications
All of my students learn music theory along the way - its a core part of our lessons and underpins your ability to play an instrument. Often you don't even realise you're learning it!
For those students wanting to enter ABRSM exams at higher grades, additional support to achieve the pre-requisite Grade 5 Theory of Music is provided. Learning is supported with workbooks, targeted teaching tools, practice exam papers, apps and online resources.
I also support students needing additional help with GCSE or A-Level Music - some are existing piano/flute pupils; others come just for the extra tuition. If this sounds like you or your child, please get in touch for a chat about what you'd like.
Piano for Pre-Schoolers
Does your 3 or 4 year old love music?
There's no 'right age' to start playing piano. I was 6 when I had my first piano lesson. I know of a professional singer and pianist who had her first lesson aged 2 and an equally incredible flautist who didn't start learning until he was 13.
With piano teaching methods designed specifically for pre-schoolers, it's all about fun and musical foundations. My very youngest students play lots of games to explore rhythm, beat and pitch. We spend time creating our own songs on the piano (its magic to watch!) and we gradually learn to match what we hear and feel to what we see written in music.
I'm a trained Kodaly practitioner and use this approach in combination with others to create the perfect foundation for learning instruments, and also for reading, writing and maths!