I have taught classical piano in Leeds since 2007, gaining a wealth of experience from teaching the instrument to a variety of age groups and ability levels. I have taught students from the ages of 6 to 70, including pupils with learning difficulties and those with English as a second language. I have taken several through the ABRSM piano and theory examinations to achieve high standards - merit to distinction. However, not everybody wants to go through the process of exams: the love of playing the piano should be the most important thing.
A passionate, qualified musician and pianist of over 25 years, to the level of Grade 8 and Advanced Certificate, I cover a range of eras of music, from Baroque to the 20th Century and have unwavering enthusiasm for the piano.
The piano has remained my first musical passion for many years. I do however dabble in a range of instruments: the violin (I took that to grade 6), accordion, flute and school favourite: the recorder!
children and early learners
If you are looking for a piano teacher for your children, then they are equally welcome!
I personally recommend an introduction to the piano at around the age of 7, when the hands are developed enough to cope with the instrument. Prior to this, however, it is useful for a young child to gain some musical experience via instruments such as the recorder, which also brings some initial training in reading music in the treble clef. This can be a great starter instrument for kids, and is often introduced at school, and has benefits if later wanting to try the piano. Drums are also fantastic for rhythmical training, although noisy!
classical singing lessons
I sing and regularly perform as a soprano in the respected Leeds chamber choir: Leeds Guild of Singers, rehearsing on a weekly basis at Leeds University and St Margaret's Church in Horsforth.
Attaining grade 8 in singing, with distinction, I am able to teach classical vocalists to improve technique and reading.
where I teach
Lessons take place from my home address in Kirkstall, Leeds. Situated between Kirkstall Abbey and Kirkstall Forge train station, it is conveniently located for piano lessons near to Horsforth, Adel and North Leeds.
I can also offer piano lessons from your home in Leeds for an additional fee. Particularly in Kirkstall, Horsforth and Adel.
I initially offer a FREE 30 minute introductory session for you to try it out and talk about what I can do to help quickly progress your playing. Please contact me to arrange a convenient time.