BMus (Hons) Trinity College of Music
Grade 8 Piano ABRSM
Keyboards / Synthesisers
ABRSM Classical / Jazz Grades
Music scholarship / audition preparation
Beginners to Advanced
*** Zoom lessons available: 2 camera angles (standard and additional top-down view of the keyboard for demonstrations), ability to display and annotate sheet music and high quality audio for clear demonstrations and fully integrated lessons ***
I am an experienced teacher and musician and am passionate about helping others to enjoy and develop their musical interests! I have been teaching for more than 15 years alongside an active and varied career as a professional multi-keyboardist, having performed on many internationally-renowned stages worldwide as well as numerous live TV and radio broadcasts (see my Biography page for more info).
I have been teaching privately and in institutions as a peripatetic teacher for 18 years, working with individuals and groups as well as leading various workshops. I have worked with a wide range of students of all ages and at different stages in their musical development: people first discovering the joy of playing; disillusioned teenagers who have only ever had classical piano lessons and struggle with relating that to their musical world; musicians preparing for exams and auditions; professionals looking to further their development and expand their skills.
When teaching I’m able to draw on my breadth of experience as an active musician, adopting a flexible and dynamic approach to lessons and working together with the student’s aims, needs and individual learning style in order to help them hone their craft and further their musical development.
An example of topics that might be covered in lessons could include:
- Instrumental technique and body awareness (including techniques specific to certain keyboards eg. Piano / Organ / Clavinet etc.).
- Music theory (with reference to practical applications in music!)
- Transcription and its possible uses/applications
- Voicings as a keyboardist
- How to practice and self-teach
- Stylistic approaches (e.g gospel, blues, jazz, pop)
- Rhythmic awareness
- Compositional analysis
- Sight reading
- Aural skills
- Working on ‘feel’
- Playing with other musicians
- Advice on ‘real-life’ musical situations e.g. performances / recording sessions.
- Working with effects and building an effective keyboard setup for live and studio applications
A core component of my teaching is that it should support the student to feel empowered, inspired and excited by playing! Through careful, focused and personalised study together I work with students to ensure they become equipped with the tools necessary to maximise their creative potential.
Fee (60 minutes): £40.00
Fee (90 minutes): £60.00
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