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Mr Robin Stephenson
Mr Robin Stephenson

Qualifications:
G.T.C.L. Trinity College of Music professional graduate teaching diploma
L.T.C.L. Licentiate diploma in piano performance
Taught and examined for over 10 years on Post Graduate Certificate of Education (P.G.C.E.) instrumental teaching course at Middlesex University
Instruments: Piano
Theory
Improvisation
Genre/Style(s): Classical
Light
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Notes:

I am a performer, accompanist and composer living in Southgate in North London, and formally a full-time lecturer in the music department of Middlesex University.

I teach children of all ages from 7 years and adults. Whether a student is learning for fun or to become a professional musician, my teaching focuses primarily on building enjoyment and enthusiasm for the piano, whilst simultaneously developing skill and musicality.

What's involved:

Pieces (repertoire): a range of pieces at a suitable level is first played to the student, from which they choose two or three. These become the focus of the lesson, supplemented by appropriate technical exercises, which are gradually introduced. Beginners follow one of two excellent piano tutors chosen according to their age.

Aural training: this will form part of lessons, but can also be taken separately.

Rhythm: exercises from Sheila Nelson's excellent and fun book "Flip a Rhythm" are used. So quickly do students develop with these, that their rhythmic ability soon becomes way ahead of the needs of their current pieces.

Improvisation: this is optional, but students who wish can discover how quickly they can learn to improvise and how liberating it is. From even an early stage they can enjoy playing, developing technically and gaining an ease and confidence with the keyboard, all whilst free from reading. Some like to write their improvised melodies and pieces down and this helps greatly to develop their reading ability.

Parents: the key to children learning is so often the interest shown by their parents, who are encouraged to sit in on all lessons, especially with the younger ones. As part of lessons, all students are taught how to practise.

Concerts: these happen two or three times a year in my house, allowing students an opportunity to practise performing and to listen to each other.

Exam success: as a former teacher and examiner of music at Middlesex University, I understand what is required to obtain high grades in ABRSM and other exams. To date I have 100% success rate, with most students gaining passes at Merit or Distinction.

Please do call if you would like to discuss lessons. The first lesson is free.

Contact Robin

Address: Southgate
London
Greater London
N14 7DH
Phone: 02088823517
Fee (30 minutes): £15.00
Fee (60 minutes): £30.00

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