“So much more than just a piano lesson”

At the core of my work is a deep sensitivity to and nurturing of positive self esteem in my students.. Indeed, this is one of the most important things in life for me. As a teacher, if we can be sensitive to others feelings and deliver our work with empathy, we can help foster positive self esteem in people to help them grow into caring and compassionate beings in the world. Which is was the world needs. So when I kept hearing from my pupils and their parents/carers that my lessons were “ so much more than a piano lesson”, I knew my core aims were being fulfilled.

I also work as a sound healer (www.soundheals.co.uk) so there are many crossovers between the two businesses. For me, sound and frequency underpin everything in the world from quantum physics, through the natural world and of course our own selves. Everything comes from sound and frequency so music is an area which can have many crossovers to help us understand and navigate the world.

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music
I see my life in terms of music”

- Albert Einstein -

In my lessons I teach:

  • All ages (from 5 years) and abilities
  • ABRSM practical and theory exams
  • All musical genres
  • Improvisation
  • Songwriting/composing
  • Aural training
  • Helping develop personal expression | enhancing self esteem
  • Music theory
  • Supporting GCSE /A level music at school

I also have a home recording studio in my music room which I am happy to share with pupils if they show interest in song writing and composition. And whilst note fluency is really important and we learn this quickly using the methods I use, I am also passionate about helping my students to find their own sound through learning how to improvise. Improvising lights up very different areas of the brain and so in turn helps a student become a more rounded person. It is always a wonderful moment when pupils find their inner stillness away from the notes and have that ‘aha’ moment. A feeling that induces much calm and wellbeing, similar to that of meditation.

I write a set of lesson notes every week for both students and parents to view, comment on and to provide a good partnership between us. I welcome the support of parents with their pupils learning and am always happy to discuss lesson progress.