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Ms Pippa Harrison

BMus (Hons)
MMus (Perf) with Distinction
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Instruments: Piano
Music Theory
Chamber Coaching
Genre/Style(s): Classical
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


£40 for 60 minutes. £30 for 40 minutes, and £25 for 30 minutes.

From an early age I was encouraged to study music, and my love of the piano developed through learning with inspirational and dedicated teachers who were enthusiastic about my potential. This enabled me to further my training and I now lead a busy and successful performing and teaching career. Being immersed in music and guided so diligently throughout my studies was a wonderful experience and one that I seek to replicate in my teaching.

I started teaching regularly in 2009, specialising in piano, accompaniment, music theory and aural, and I have taught a wide range of ages and abilities, from young beginners up to Diploma standard. Teaching such a variety of musicians is an exciting challenge that requires a different approach with every student. I have high expectations, consequently planning lessons and setting short and long term goals to suit each individual. I feel a strong sense of duty towards my pupils, and recognise that I am in a position to shape their musical development.

I believe that it is so important to endorse good piano habits from a young age. My main focus within lessons is to teach a good awareness of posture combined with a supple hand and firm fingers alongside excellent listening and appraising skills. Teaching requires imaginative and diverse techniques, and this is a challenge that I relish. I regularly include piano duet sessions in my lessons to help ensemble and sight-reading (a neglected but highly important skill for any young musician), utilise the ABRSM Wessa App available on iPad, and incorporate singing, interactive theory and rhythm games loosely based on the Kodaly method. I choose a variety of repertoire for my students to include some pieces that are well within their capabilities and other works that are more challenging. A good at home work schedule is imperative as so much of the students' time and progress can be wasted with bad practice. I am diligent at setting out clear instructions, goals and techniques to help structure private practice. Whilst, as a performer, practice is a significant part of my week, I also take professional development as a teacher very seriously. I am a member of the European Piano Teaching Association and the Incorporated Society of Musicians, who provide updates on teaching methods and research as well as seminars and lectures, and I have found these helpful at furthering my teaching skills.

I currently hold two teaching posts alongside my private tuition. One at Junior Guildhall in London and at Surbiton High School, also in London. In both institutions I teach from age 5 to 18, and from beginner to post Diploma standard. I teach students who wish to make piano playing their career and practice very seriously every week, but I also have students for which piano is a hobby, and something that they enjoy studying alongside their other commitments. I am very happy to teach any student, whether child or adult in whichever capacity they so choose.

I would be delighted to be given the opportunity to work with enthusiastic students, and feel that my background and skills would enable me to do so successfully. I so enjoy getting to know my students and watching their playing and musicianship develop as they mature and become confident pianists. I look forward to hearing from you!

Contact Pippa

Address: Gloucestershire
GL51 8HX
Phone: 07803775159
Fee (60 minutes): £40.00
Fee (30 minutes): £25.00

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