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 and Jazz, Trinity Guildhall and RockSchool exam boards. I also offer tutoring for ABRSM 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 upright piano 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. I teach 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. I add on £1.50 per half hour if I travel.

How does payment work?
I accept payment in cash on a per-lesson basis or via online transfer on a half-termly basis.

Where do you teach?
I teach both from my home in Stoke Newington, London N16 and in the local area (Hackney, Clapton, Dalston, Newington Green, Stamford Hill). I cover the postcodes N16, E5 and E8.

When are you available?
I teach privately on weekdays from 3pm through to around 10pm.

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?
Where appropriate I can tutor online via Skype.

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 and PRS.

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!