I have worked as a piano teacher for over 25 years. Having successfully taught in a conventional way in the past, I now teach piano using my own highly effective and innovative approach, where genuine musical fluency is fostered from the outset. Fluent musicians have the ability to play the music they can hear in their imagination, instantly, without working out. Rather like learning a language, students build up their sense of musical structure and learn a kind of musical “vocabulary” of rhythmic and tonal elements. This enables you to express yourself effortlessly and naturally, rather like speaking in your native language. Musical fluency brings the skills necessary to play by ear, improvise and sight-read fluently – i.e. when you look at a score to hear it instantly in your imagination without needing to decode the notes onto an instrument.
Radical and effective training
Musical fluency training gives students a very significant edge as musicians, whatever style of music they choose to play, classical, jazz or pop etc. Whilst improvisation, fluent sight-reading and the ability to play by ear are obviously extremely useful skills generated by fluent musicianship training, another extremely important quality also emerges: people discover their own personal style or musical voice.
This is because fluent musicians have the ability to let go and play with a direct, authentic and free expressiveness that comes from within. So using my piano training method, the unique personality of the student will always be present from the outset. This ensures that your piano playing never sounds flat, stiff or mechanical which is a common problem so many piano students face. From the very first lesson, there is an effortless ease and flow was well as a clarity and command to the way students play when they focus effectively on the model that I teach. This way of playing actually sounds like a professional musician from the beginning! As you develop, this natural ease works to generate powerful yet relaxed technique that makes you fully capable of playing fast and loud passages without fatigue as well as fostering control and precision necessary for delicate pianissimo music.
My radical new system of keyboard musicianship training lays solid foundations for studying any kind of music. It follows a clear scheme of work and provides all the materials that you will need. Once you have completed the core training, you may go on to take grade examinations in either classical or jazz piano. With fluent skills in place, students can learn to play pieces and scales after very short preparation times. Learning music quickly is another important useful effect of being musically fluent. Being musically fluent, you can also expect to find aural tests and sight-reading tests very easy indeed. All this ensures the achievement of very high marks.
In conventional piano training methods, the skills that most students acquire to pass examinations, decay rapidly without a substantial amount of consistent practice. This is because of the largely unconscious way that they play; playing by rote is rather shallow and automatic. As a result, learning new music becomes increasingly difficult and confidence suffers more and more over time. Even passing grade 8 does not guarantee lifelong skills. Fluent piano skills, on the other hand, are fully conscious and clear and do not decay very much at all, even over a very long time. Playing the piano fluently is like riding a bicycle: you never forget how to do it!
Discover a way of practising that sets your playing free
Students who may have completed their more conventional studies, perhaps having graduated from Music College, often seek to open up their musical horizons and discover themselves as artists. I can offer support and guidance with this process, as I specialise in freeing technique, even rehabilitating technical issues that pianists often encounter and fostering real musicianship to help access the true, natural inner musician.