In association with
Mr Ben Socrates

MMus - Trinity College Of Music - with Merit (2012)

BA(Hons) - 1st Class Honours - The University of Chichester (2010)

ABRSM Classical Piano -
Grade 8 - Distinction (2009)

ABRSM Music Theory
Grade 5 - Merit (2007)

More awards listed at
Instruments: Piano
Genre/Style(s): Classical
Music Theory
Ability Levels: Intermediate to Advanced


Ben Socrates (MMus) – Piano

I am passionate about the art of piano teaching and consider it just as important to who I am as a musician as everything I have learnt and played. I offer lessons privately, from my teaching studio in central Greenwich, at the homes of students throughout Central and South East London, and online, over Skype. My teaching is based on my own interests and experiences – I ensure all students have a solid classical grounding, with the ability to read music, understand how it is created and what makes us enjoy it. I try to expose the student to the styles and disciplines that have shaped music, including classical, jazz, blues, contemporary, world music, improvisation, theory, harmony, and composition. Ultimately, it is the student’s own goals and interests that guide them, whether it is for pleasure, classical examinations, a desire to improvise and compose music, or as a second instrument, but always to develop an understanding and appreciation for music.

I studied piano pedagogy with Penelope Roskell, and psychology of music performance with Dr Patricia Holmes, whilst at Trinity Laban. My teaching draws on these experiences, particularly with regard to memorisation, performance anxiety, piano technique, and physiological aspects of piano playing. I also conducted research into the mysterious skill of sight reading, which you can download and read at my website - which has really helped in my own understanding and teaching.

I have taught students aged from 4 to 75, and of all abilities. I offer one to one and group lessons (up to 4 students at a time) in music theory and harmony, and I also offer lessons over Skype, to advanced students only. I am currently accepting students from Grade 2 ability or similar, and have availability for lessons on Wednesdays and weekends, daytime and evening. Please contact me with some information about yourself to book a lesson.

Contact Ben

Address: 33 Haddo House
Haddo Street
Greater London
SE10 9SG
Phone: 07455118202
Mobile: 07455118202
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00
Fee (60 minutes): £30.00

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