I am an enthusiastic, experienced and highly respected piano / keyboard teacher who has been involved in music education in the area for many years.
I started my career as a secondary music teacher, then became Head of Music at St.Marks School in Bath and at Frome Community College, where I worked for 19 years and developed a wide range of skills. In 2006, I started working for Wiltshire Music Service teaching piano, keyboard and singing (class) in both primary and secondary schools. During this time I have been awarded excellent / outstanding grades for Performance Management Assessments.
Throughout my career I have enjoyed working with pupils of all ages and abilities, and have always strived to ensure that they reach their maximum potential. As a piano teacher, I have enabled pupils to successfully pass ABRSM and Trinity examinations at a high level and have prepared them for solo performances as part of their GCSE examinations. Most have gained the highest grades.
I teach piano from beginners to Diploma level, and use a range of materials and teaching strategies that engage and motivate the students. My lessons are active, relaxed and varied, often including improvisation and duets. Attendance at regular Professional Development training sessions provided by Wiltshire Music Service has ensured that my teaching skills have been constantly updated.
I have constantly maintained my own skills as a pianist. As an accompanist, I have performed with both professional soloists and with school and adult choirs in the UK and abroad. I also accompany students on a regular basis for examinations, recordings, performances and festivals. In 2014, a colleague and I formed “Two in One” (piano duo). We have performed numerous concerts including lunchtime concerts at the Westbury Music and Arts Festival (2015/16/18/19) and Malmesbury Abbey (2017). I also rehearse regularly in a piano trio, expanding my skills further.
BA (Hons) Music Bath Spa University College
LTCL Piano Diploma (Trinity College London)
Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Cheltenham)
What I / we help young people achieve
I enjoy motivating my pupils to develop their skills on the piano/keyboard.
Pupils are always encouraged to reach their full potential.
I help pupils to develop a love of music in all its forms.
I regard learning to read music as an essential skill.
Pupils gain confidence in performing pieces they have studied.
My lessons also develop skills in improvisation.
I encourage pupils to play piano duets during the lesson as it encourages awareness of others in a musical context.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- To create / write music and / or lyrics
- To play, perform music with others
- Term Time
- After School
- Piano / Keyboard
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
BA Hons (Music) : LTCL (piano diploma)
“You showed a remarkable level of skill in teaching these pupils, but what struck me throughout was the level of musicianship that you brought to the lesson and the musicianship you brought out of the pupil’s playing” – Valerie Hayward (former Head of Wiltshire Music Service)
“Teaching was always upbeat and fast paced with lots of encouragement. The students were clearly very motivated and engaged” – Daniel Smith (Team Leader West, Wiltshire Music Service
“I loved your improvisation session at the end of lessons, meaning not only do your pupils get the opportunity to play with another pianist, but it gave them scope to be creative” – Valerie Hayward
“Your work with Rob was a major factor in securing a top Unit 3 in his GCSE. His playing was so sensitive and I remember the atmosphere in the hall on the night – he created a bit of magic” – Elaine Francis (former joint Head of Music at The Corsham School)
“Charlie gained almost full marks for his Unit 3 GCSE. Despite being a lazy student, his musicality and piano skills really developed over that period” – Elaine Francis