Learning to play the piano can be a very fulfilling and rewarding experience. The piano is almost a universal instrument and most professional musicians play it even if piano isn’t their first or best instrument.
The piano is extremely versatile and is just as happy accompanying the singer of a pop ballad as it is showing off the virtuosity of its concert pianist and his concerto.
Most people enjoy learning the piano for the enjoyment they get from playing pieces that they enjoy on their piano. For this reason, I aim to build technique by tackling the technical difficulties necessary to master each new piece as they present themselves.
No two people learn to play the piano in the same way and as a piano teacher, I work with students during piano lessons to develop the best approach for them.
This usually involves looking at
- How to find the most efficient finger patterns and hand positions.
- How to use the pedal.
- How to use touch to control the tone of the piano.
- Developing a personal sense of musicality by exploring phrasing and
- Looking at techniques for practicing the piano effectively away from your piano lessons.
Over the years, it has become increasingly evident (and most modern research has backed this up) that people learn best when playing tunes that interest and inspire them the most. I work with students to help them find music that interests them most, often music they enjoy listening to, and use this as a basis for the type of pieces to be taught.
Students who are able to do plenty of practice outside of their piano lessons progress best. This practice or homework is essential in developing skills and allows students to get the best out of their lesson time. This is another reason for choosing pieces you enjoy, as it gives much more motivation to practice at home.
Most adult students start off with an hour long lesson each week. For young children, a weekly half hour lesson is usually best although advanced Pianists may benefit from longer less frequent lessons.
Piano lessons are available Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm and Saturdays 9am to 5pm. Please get in touch to discuss availability.
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