Category Archives: Teaching

Open Studios

Just a quick reminder that its open studios, here in the Ouseburn 36 lime streetthis coming weekend.

All of the artists within 36 Lime Street (and other arts venues around the area) will be opening their doors on Saturday and Sunday the 28th and 29th November between 10am and 5pm – its a great opportunity to see some amazing art work, chat to the artists and pick up some unique Christmas gifts.

There will be a cafe set up in the gallery space as well as a raffle where you could win some art work or maybe a £100 gift voucher.

For my part I will be giving ten minute piano recitals on level 2 at 30 minutes past the hour beginning at 11.30 on Saturday.

I hope you can come.

36 Lime Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 2PQ

Christmas Recital

I had a lovely time last night at my piano students Christmas recital.

Its always a special occasion. It is

held  in the recital room of the Royal Grammar School in Jesmond and the piano-1920x1200students have the opportunity to perform on a lovely Yamaha concert grand piano.

Last night, as in previous years, there was a wide range of ages and abilities and every year I am amazed at the composure and skill of the students. There was a sizeable audience of parents and grandparents and brothers and sisters and none of the performers were overawed by the occasion. All of the pieces sounded better than during lesson time , there were barely any mistakes and all of them without exception gave really good performances.

Special mention should go to one of the youngest performers Harvey who opened the show, looking very dapper in a smart shirt and who played beautifully. Also deserving of a special mention was Josh and his comic version of a blues/rock and roll duet we made up called ‘Wise Owl Blues’ – complete with him owl hooting a solo that had everyone in the room laughing.

 

 

On Piano Teaching

Piano-LessonsIn more than twenty years of teaching piano I have taught a wide variety of students from all different backgrounds and levels of ability. I love my work. There are some amazing musical moments and some funny things…like the kid who asked what the hashtags are for at the start of the piece or the ten year old who told me ‘this sonata is making me die inside’

My approach to teaching is to work with each student as an individual and tailor the tuition to suit their preferences with regard to styles of music and interests. There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach that will work.

Some students follow the traditional ‘classical’ route and I regularly enter candidates for Associated Board exams whereas other students prefer to learn purely for enjoyment and follow their own musical interests whether that be popular styles or jazz or song writing or composition. Its constantly stimulating to have such a variety.

I particularly enjoy working with adult learners who are perhaps returning to the piano after initial lessons as a child. Its feels amazing to help to rekindle some of the joy that playing music can bring.

At my new studio in the Ouseburn I do have some vacancies for lessons. If you fancy learning or know anyone who might, do get in touch and we can chat to find out more about what you would like to achieve in your lessons.