My name is Alison Johnson and I teach piano/keyboard from beginner to Grade 8. I currently work in 2 different schools (primary & secondary) and have over 30 year’s experience of teaching one to one on piano. I initially trained at Bath College of Higher Education (now Bath Spa University) as a secondary school teacher. I taught as a class teacher at John of Gaunt School and then as a class teacher and Head of Music at Sheldon School. When I left to start a family, I continued teaching at Sheldon School as a piano teacher. I have been there ever since. I have worked with primary, secondary, 6th formers, and adults as well as small group, and class learning. I now concentrate on teaching individuals.
I teach following through a variety of recognised Tutor Programmes/Series. I try and teach so that every pupil has been exposed to a variety of styles and genres of music. I can prepare them for Music examinations; Trinity and ABRSM. I also prepare, with guidance from the school music staff, pupils for GCSE, BTEC & A level Performance element of their public examinations. I can teach Theory and work pupils towards Duke of Edinburgh. (Skill Section). I have a 100% Pass rate with music examinations with many of my pupils achieving merit or distinction passes.
Many of my pupils start with me at an early age and continue through to 6th form achieving their Grade 8 Piano Examination. I would like to think that I am a good communicator and I put my pupils at ease, consequently, my retention rate for pupils is high.
I have two grown-up children, both learnt to play music instruments when they were young. My daughter is now following her own music career through performing, teaching & composing
What I / we help young people achieve
My main focus of teaching children is to learn through fun and enjoyment. Each pupil’s journey is individual to them, so I will adjust my teaching to reflect this. I teach, where appropriate, using as many resources as possible; books, games, apps, internet, recorded and live music
I have a 100% Pass rate with music examinations with many of my pupils achieving merit or distinction passes.
I encourage my pupils to perform and play as much as possible to family and friends, school assemblies, classes as well as formal concerts.
I try to encourage any pupils that show any further interest in music to broaden their horizons by either learning to play another instrument, or to join local musical groups so that they can gain more experience. Playing the piano/keyboard is a solo experience but music is also about being part of larger performing group. Learning an instrument can open up to so many other opportunities.
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
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To develop their wellbeing
- Term Time
- After School
Working with special needs
I have taught students with a wide range of mild, moderate and complex needs.
I feel it is important that all pupils should have the same access regardless of their specific needs.
- Piano / Keyboard
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
Musical Clusters Covered
- B-on-A / Corsham
- Calne & Melksham
Past Pupil Comments:
‘Thank you so, so much for teaching me. I have enjoyed it so much”
“Thank you for teaching me! I have improved so much and will miss . . . . .my lessons but I will keep playing! I hope everyone you teach falls in love with the piano like I did!”
“Thank you for the great lessons in piano. You’re the best!”
‘You’ve given me a real love of music. . . . . Thank you for all the support you’ve provided . . . . and I ll miss our lessons together. Piano Playing is a skill I will always carry with me and I know my playing will be a welcome release from the sciencey, methodical part of my life, studying and hopefully working in engineering!”
My Training & Development
I feel it is important to regularly assess and look at my own teaching methods. I do this through reading, research, contact with other teachers, courses and the internet.
I will engage in any opportunities for CPD training that arise through the schools I teach in, the ISM, ABRSM & Trinity Exam Boards.
I have completed the online course provided by the ABRSM: how to be a better teacher. Completed July 2019