I have taught the piano for over 30 years, predominantly in London and latterly in the south-west of England. I have a very broad teaching experience which has encompassed private and peripatetic teaching in both the independent and state sectors at primary, secondary, further education and higher education levels.
From 1989-1995 I was a peripatetic teacher for the London Borough of Bromley, teaching the piano at primary and secondary schools within the borough.
From 2000-2002 I was a Tutor in Music (Piano/Theory) for Sutton Adult Education College, teaching small groups of students and giving lecture-recitals.
I was a visiting Piano Teacher at Old Palace School, Croydon (independent status) between 2003-2004, teaching girls between the ages of 11 and 18.
I taught the Piano at Glenthorne High School in Sutton (Specialist Arts College) from 2004-2005.
I was an external Tutor for Roehampton (University of Surrey) in Piano, Theory, Harmony and History from 2002-2005.
I was a part-time Music Lecturer at Strode College, Street from 2008-2010, which involved teaching the Piano to students aged 16-19 and accompanying instrumentalists and singers for the A-level course within the college and in public concerts.
I was a visiting piano teacher at Sherborne Preparatory School in Dorset from 2006-2016.
I currently have a private teaching practice in Yeovil, South Somerset.
I am passionate about my teaching and derive tremendous satisfaction from teaching a wide variety of students from different cultures and backgrounds. I am focussed and driven, particularly when exams or competitions are on the agenda!
Although my starting point is always the individual student, my methods are largely based on the teachings of Tobias Matthay, who taught many of the world’s great pianists. I teach the piano on a one-to-one basis, to pupils of all ages and abilities, from beginners to advanced standard.
Whilst I am happy to teach all levels, I particularly enjoy teaching higher-level students, those of Grade 8 or Diploma standard (teaching or performing) or pianists aspiring to study at one of the major music conservatoires or universities.
I regularly prepare candidates for Associated Board (and Trinity College, where required) Practical, Theory and Musicianship examinations, routinely achieving Distinctions. I also prepare pupils for piano competitions and have achieved consistently high results with many first prizes. I actively encourage performance and my pupils have taken part in piano competitions in London, Bristol and Taunton and local Young Musician competitions, where several have been prize-winners. For instance, at the 2017 Taunton Festival of the Arts, my pupils were placed first in 8 classes, all of them achieving Distinctions. At the 2018 Taunton Festival of the Arts, my pupils were placed first in 4 classes, with several in 2nd place. During the same week, at the Music Festival at Stoke sub Hamdon,one of my youngest pupils won the top award in her category. In the summer of 2018 five of my pupils achieved high Distinctions at various levels in their Associated Board piano exams. At the 2019 Taunton Festival of the Arts, 3 of my pupils came first, 2 were placed second, 9 were awarded Distinctions and the youngest, aged 7, was presented with the top trophy for the most promising pianist in the whole competition.
I am a traditional teacher with traditional methods which get results. I am rapidly able to identify the strengths and weaknesses in a student’s playing and to solve technical and musical dilemmas and have the ability to choose appropriate repertoire to assist in the development of a particular student.
I have prepared many GCSE and A-level students for the performance element of their exams, solo and ensemble work as well as composition. At Sherborne Preparatory School, I prepared many pupils for scholarships to senior schools.
I am capable of teaching the piano at the very highest level.