About Me

Hi there and welcome to my piano website!

I’m a London-based teacher, freelance composer and broadcaster with 20 years experience tutoring pupils from beginner through to post grade 8.

I’ve been playing piano since the age of 8, obtaining my degrees in music from Kings College London and Trinity College of Music whilst receiving piano tuition at the Royal Academy of Music. I specialise in both Classical and Jazz piano whilst also offering tutoring in music theory, composition, arrangement and aural training.

As a composer I work across a range of disciplines and media. I perform regularly and have had works performed both nationally and internationally. You can find more details on my composer website.

Teaching-wise I have worked both in-school and privately and from one-to-one up to whole class groups. I believe my experience enables me to offer specialised yet highly flexible tuition across a range of styles. I am passionate that students attain their goals and find playing to be a fun and rewarding experience! 

Coronavirus Update

* Updated April 2021

I will be resuming in-person teaching – with some limitations in place – from the start of May, whilst also continuing to teach online for students who are based further away or or who simply prefer this route.

The continuation of in-person lessons will be subject to ongoing evaluation of the wider situation regarding Covid.

Online Teaching

Carefully delivered online lessons are every bit as stimulating and rewarding as in-person lessons and also offer a variety of other benefits such as the ability for students to record lessons for future reference, and to share music and other resources that can assist the learning process.

I am happy to offer lessons across a variety of platforms including Zoom, FaceTime and Skype. If you are interested or would simply like some further information please feel free to contact me to discuss.

FAQs

Which subjects do you teach?
I specialise in classical and jazz piano whilst also teaching rock and pop styles. I also teach music theory, arranging and composition alongside general musicianship and aural training. I believe in an individualised approach to teaching based on each student’s interests and abilities.

What are your qualifications?
I have a First Class Honours degree from Kings College London (2002). I subsequently obtained a Masters Degree from Trinity College of Music, London in 2004.

What kind of students do you teach?
I teach a wide range of students, some of whom are pursuing classical piano whilst others are improvising in jazz or rock styles or playing rock and pop songs. I am always happy for pupils to try the music they wish to be able to play, and can always make suggestions along these lines.

Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Where pupils or parents wish to pursue exams I can offer coaching for ABRSM Classical (Practical and Performance Grades) and Jazz, Trinity Guildhall and RockSchool exam boards. I also offer tutoring for ABRSM and Trinity Theory of Music exams up to Grade 8.

Which ages and levels do you teach?
All ages are welcome, though I recommend a minimum age of 5.

How long and how often are lessons?
For children I recommend a weekly lesson of 30 minutes. For adults I am happy to offer lessons for 30, 45 or 60 minutes on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

What kind of instrument will I need?
I recommend either an acoustic (upright/grand) or digital piano as essential for supporting development of playing and technique.

What piano do you teach on?
I teach on a Yamaha U1 in excellent condition. Lessons take place in a dedicated piano tutoring room in my house.

How much do you charge?
I charge £35 per hour and £17.50 per half hour. Other lesson lengths are also possible.

How does payment work?
I accept payment via online transfer either weekly or on a half-termly basis.

Where do you teach?
I teach from my home in Stoke Newington – I’m just up from Church Street and Stoke Newington station.

When are you available?
I currently teach Tuesday-Thursdays from 1pm through to around 9pm, and Saturday daytimes.

Do you teach during the school holidays?
Generally I do not teach during the school holidays though lessons can be arranged at these times on request.

Do you offer online tutoring?
Yes, I am happy to offer lessons via the main videoconferencing platforms.

Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) Certificate?
Yes, most recently renewed in 2018. A copy can be provided upon request.

Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Yes, I am a member of ISM.

Finally, do you have a personal message for students?
Playing piano is an immensely rewarding and enjoyable pastime that repays the work put into it. It is never to late to learn and whilst there is no end to the process it is possible to derive pleasure playing from the very earliest stages!

Location

I teach from my home in Stoke Newington.

Ts&Cs

    • Payment can be made via online transfer on either a per-lesson or half termly basis. I usually invoice 3 weeks into the start of each half term.
    • In accordance with union guidelines my cancellation policy is as follows:
    • Cancellations a week or more in advance: no charge
    • Cancellations between a week and the day before the next lesson: 50% charge
    • Cancellations on the day: full lesson charge
    • Where possible I will try to rearrange lessons if there is a problem with a particular week, however I am often fully booked and cannot guarantee to find a feasible alternative slot.
    • I am keen to avoid using written contracts as many private music teachers do and consider arrangements for lessons on a week-by-week basis as a verbal agreement based on goodwill.

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