A TYPICAL LESSON

We will always have a warm up first.  Then we’ll do a bit of technical work – finger exercises, studies, scales and so on - to practice new skills. Sometimes we will make up our own studies together.

Then it is time to concentrate on your pieces.

Every lesson will give you a chance to use and practice your musical listening skills.  Sometimes we will do this as part of learning a new piece, or by playing games that help you with rhythm, or co-ordination.

I will usually give you some theory puzzles to do in the lesson or at home too.

I will always write in your notebook the things I would like you to work on for next time – please check this regularly! 

WHAT's there?

There is a beautiful new Brodmann grand piano in the studio as well as a Roland keyboard.  The studio is equipped with recording, mixing and composition technology and software.

WHICH BOOKS? 

I always try to find the right Primer or Tutor book for every pianist.  So we will choose the books that suit you together, but here are some favourites: 

Beginner books

Colour Play by Sharon Goodey..........'proper' notation but in colour to help reading skills.  Great for....getting youngest players to use all their fingers fluently from the beginning.

Me and my piano by Fanny Waterman..........traditional but quickly progressive tutors. Great for... sneaking a fair bit of theory and technique into the fun!

Piano Adventures (Faber)............a real favourite of mine, from first steps and right into the later grades.  Great for....building all round musicality and general knowledge while learning superbly imaginative pieces

Piano Discoveries (Lusher et al).........Not always easy to obtain but still a very useful, gently progressive series.  Great for.... building confidence while playing lots of short solos and duets with the teacher

Music Makers by Joan Last..... Virtuoso teacher and composer Joan Last produced fantastic pieces for learners.  Great for....fast learning older beginners and adults who want to work quite a lot on their own

Beginner Theory books

Chester Theory Puzzle packs.........Poco series (Ng)............Theory made easy for little children (Ng)

WHAT NEXT?

As your playing develops you will start to find your own style.  I always try to find the right tutor book for every pianist.  So we will choose repertoire together, but you will have more influence on the directions you take.  Here are some favourites: 

Intermediate books

Classical Style series by Nancy Bacchus..........A bit of history and context mixed in with the music, Great for... explorers!

RockPop piano and Jazz tutors from John KemberMartha Mier and Chris Norton............Great for...everyone, wherever they are on their jazz journey

Hello Mr Gillock, Hello Carl Czerny..........Really innovative approach that adds to the appreciation of both classical and contemporary styles.  Great for...developing versatility and a really great toolkit of techniques

More advanced repertoire

John Thompson’s Graded course books..........Schubert’s, Schumann's and Tchaikovsky’s pieces for children............Heller and Burgmuller studies... Mendelssohn's Songs without Words...Bach Inventions... Chopin Preludes

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Cover tiny file look inside Music Makers Composed by Joan Last. For Piano. Published by Forsyth Publications (FP.FLJ04).
Cover tiny file look inside Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 5 (8 Original Pieces for the Later Intermediate to Early Advanced Pianist). Composed by Martha Mier. For Piano. Piano Collection; Piano Supplemental. Jazz, Rags & Blues. Jazz. Early Advanced; Late Intermediate. Book. 24 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.32715).
Cover tiny file look inside Me and My Piano, Part 1 (new edition) (Very First Lessons for the Young Pianist). Composed by Fanny Waterman and Marion Harewood. For solo piano. This edition: Revised. Book; Method/Instruction; Piano Method. Faber Edition: The Waterman / Harewood Piano Series. Instructional. Elementary. Book. Published by Faber Music (AP.12-0571532004).
Cover tiny file look inside The Jazz Piano Master Composed by John Kember. For Piano. Book; Piano Collection; Piano Supplemental. Faber Edition. Late Intermediate. Published by Faber Music (AP.12-0571517919).
Cover tiny file look inside The Classical Spirit, Book 2 By perf. Daniel Glover. Edited by Nancy Bachus. For Piano. Graded Standard Repertoire; Masterworks; Piano Collection. The Spirit Series. Classical; Masterwork. Early Advanced; Intermediate; Late Intermediate. Book & CD. 64 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.16721).
Cover tiny file look inside Twenty-Five Easy and Progressive Studies for the Piano, Op. 100 (Expressly Composed for Small Hands). Composed by Johann Friedrich Burgmuller (1806-1874). Edited by Louis Oesterle. For Piano. Piano Method. Studies. SMP Level 5 (Intermediate). Piano studies book. Standard notation and fingerings. Op. 100. 35 pages. G. Schirmer #LB500. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50255330).
Cover tiny file look inside 25 Melodious Studies, Op. 45 (Complete) (Piano Technique). Composed by Stephen Heller (1813-1888). For Piano. Piano Method. SMP Level 7 (Late Intermediate). G. Schirmer #LB176. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50253250).
Cover tiny file look inside Hello, Mr Gillock! Carl Czerny! Edited by Elisabeth Haas. For piano. This edition: paperback. Edition Breitkopf. Collection. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel (BR.EB-8627).